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Heather Phillipson | Bloodaxe Books

Heather Phillipson is an internationally exhibiting artist and award-winning poet. She has published four collections of poetry: a pamphlet with Faber & Faber in 2009; NOT AN ESSAY (Penned in the Margins, 2012); her first book-length poetry collection, Instant-flex 718 (Bloodaxe Books, 2013), which was shortlisted for the 2013 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize; and her second book-length poetry collection, Whip-hot & Grippy (Bloodaxe Books, 2019). She was named a Next Generation Poet in 2014 and is a regular contributor to ArtReview magazine.

As an artist she works across video, sculpture, drawing, music, text and live events. Among her most celebrated projects are the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2020, significant solo shows at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and Art on the Underground’s flagship site at Gloucester Road station in 2018. She was Artist in Residence at the Drawing Room London in 2017 and received the Film London Jarman Award 2016.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Whitechapel Gallery London, Images Festival Toronto, Frieze Projects New York and the 32nd Sao Paolo Biennale (all 2016). Schirn Frankfurt, the 14th Istanbul Biennial, Performa New York, Sheffield Doc/Fest (with Serpentine Galleries), and Opening Times ( (all 2015). Events include: Assembly, Tate Britain; the flavour of cooling enormities, Serpentine Gallery; Nuovo Monde, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and BOG-STANDARD REFRESHER, a live music event at the ICA, London.

Her work is held in a number of public and private collections.

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