Ciara Phillips works with all kinds of prints: from screenprints and textiles to photos and wall paintings. She often works collaboratively, transforming the gallery into a workshop and involving other artists, designers and local community groups. Phillips has taken inspiration from Corita Kent (1918–1986), a pioneering artist, educator, and activist who reinterpreted the advertising slogans and imagery of 1960s consumer culture. For the exhibition that won her the nomination for the 2014 Turner Prize she turned London’s The Showroom gallery into a print workshop, inviting designers, artists and local women’s groups to come and make prints with her. ‘I tried to use the gallery much like I would my own studio’ said the printmaker, “You might find something happening, or you might not, depending on where I was in the process of the show.”
Phillips has had solo exhibitions at institutions such as Bergen Kunsthall, The Showroom in London, Neues Museum Nürnberg, and Inverleith House in Edinburgh. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at TATE Britain, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, Der Kunstverein, Hamburg, Dundee Contemporary Arts, and Drawing Room in London, among other venues.
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