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Philippa Lawrence

An experienced artist based at Spike Island, and Principal Lecturer at Cardiff School of Art & Design. I work on commissions, exhibitions and projects, nationally and internationally.

Working site-specifically and considering both being off-site and on-site informs my practice, as do opportunities to engage with and connect to others.  I facilitate ways of seeing and being, involving people in their experience of and relationship to site.

My processes and material choices are always research and context-led. I work with a variety of different materials and practices— gold-leaf, glass blowing, industrial artefacts, cloth, ink, photography, raw wood, French polishing, enamelling, sheepskin parchment, yarn, neon, insects and plants.

I consider human engagement with the earth and its resources, the shifting value, production and status of materials, art and artefacts and am involved in on-going research into our cultural heritage and engagement with the last practitioners of traditional craft skills.

If you are interested in my work, or wish to discuss a potential commission please email me at:



Throughout 2016-18 I studied tree stumps, stacks of logs and cut wood in Hestercombe’s grounds, making two site responsive works Shift & Stasis, transforming fire-wood and stumps through the process of French polishing. Situated in the house as part of the exhibition: Materiality: Provisional States, 2018-19 these works referenced the value and status of materials and the earth’s resources.

Stack, 2020, located near the site of the Turkish Tent in the landscape garden, at Hestercombe draws attention to labour and care within the grounds of Hestercombe. The coloured ends of this stack of logs are made using forestry tree-marker spray. They draw attention to activities, language and devices used in land management. The invitation to create work for this exhibition is an Opening-Up, affording me a chance to be experimental and freer in my practice.

Materiality: Provisional States

A selection of works made from an extensive research period at Hestercombe House between 2015-2018. The exhibition Materiality: Provisional states with Sarah Bennett and Megan Calver grew from a conversation about the estate and a series of seminars commissioned by Art Director Tim Martin, to discuss the future of Hestercombe at a vital point in its development.  The works were made in response to site, the archives and time spent in the environment – accessing remote aspects not frequented by the public.


Studio is a site aimed at stimulating discourse on the relationships between where art is made and where art is displayed. Its content is designed to stimulate the development of ideas, objects, products and commissions alongside research, writing, and making.

Studio is the locus for practice, the place where ideas and conversations with self, others and materials can freely take place – unimpeded. Studio is a form of collaboration. Studio is a meeting point for discussion, engagement & invitation, from curators to public. Studio is more than ‘space, time & a resource‘, it is community and exchange. Studio informs my stance – through shared perspectives.

Studio gives voice as well as vision. Studio is locus for my practice.


Accredited Coach , RD1st.  (2019)

Royal College of Art , MA Fine Art, Printmaking (1991-1993)

Norwich School of Art, 1st Class BA (hons) Degree Fine Art (1987-1990)

2019 Crafts Council Talent Associate Mentor

2011 0.6 Principal Lecturer BA (hons) Artist Designer: Maker, MA: Global Design; MFA, CSAD

2013-2016 External Examiner, Drawing and Applied Arts, UWE, Bristol

2012-2013 Director of Sculpture Shed Studio Group, Spike Island

2004-2011 0.5 Senior Lecturer, Textile Art, Cardiff School of Art & Design

2004-2013 Associate Lecturer, MA & BA, Fine Art, Plymouth University

2003-2004 Project Manager, Wales Arts International, Wales @ Venice Biennale of Art & tour

2001-2002 Project Manager, Artworks Wales, Public Art Commissioning & Residencies

1993 Freelance Artist, International

2019                 HEFCW SIP Digital Futures. Collaborative partnership project with Digital Agencies in Wales to explore AR, VR & MR technologies in designing shared environments.

2018-19            Network for Creative Enterprise Grant. KWMC, Spike Island, Guild, Watershed, UWE

2018          Pulling Threads.  Artists’ book. Spike Studio fund supported

2018           Trace, new site-responsive commission for Hestercombe House

2017-18                Disclosures and Dialogues on im(materiality): Hestercombe Unfolds.

2016           CREATE award to facilitate a symposium for MA students Re:Activating Space

2015-16       Get Started award, Cardiff Metropolitan University R&E funding – to research the                                       language of making of threatened Craft Industries.

2013-14                AiRx, Artists Exchange Residency and exhibition between Singapore and UK

Collaborative project through Singapore International Foundation & British Council, working with architect Randy Chan on a work for Singapore Botanic Gardens

2013          CMU SEED funding to research the textile industry in Bradford and Saltaire

Research and exhibition studying Salts Mill & the language of the textile trade.

2013           Darning the Land: Sewn, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

Translating research from the textile archive into carpet bed & 470m planting scheme

2012           HEFCW SIP to develop links with Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

2011           Bound V-57, Nature Unframed, Morton Arboretum

2011           Darning the Land: Seam, re-place main commission for Derbyshire

2011           Barcode FB814, Mortimer Forest, ACE Rural Commissioning Programme

2009-10                Bound, Croft, Tell it to the Trees, Croft Castle, Meadow Arts Commission

2008           Welsh Artist of the Year. St Davids Hall, Cardiff

2006           Production Grant for Solo Exhibition, Arts Council of Wales

2003           Commission for Explorations, National Botanic Garden of Wales

2003           Creative Wales Award. Arts Council of Wales

2000           Individual Artists’ Bursary, Arts Council of Wales

1998           Oppenheim John-Downes Memorial Award

1993           IBM Art in Technology Award

1992           Henry Moore Foundation Scholarship, Royal College of Art

2014           A Million Trees for New York                        Grand Central Station &

High Line, New York, USA

2014           Encounters at the Edge of the Forest            University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

2013-14                Angles of Incidence                                      Singapore Botanic Garden

Inner Temple, London

2013           Cloth & Memory {2}                                    Salts Mill, Saltaire

2011-12                Bite-Size: Miniature Textiles from Japan & UK         Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

GalleryGallery, Kyoto, Japan

Nagoya University, Japan

2011           Nature Unframed                              Morton Arboretum, Chicago. USA

2006           Sense in Place                                             Site-ations, Reykjavik, Iceland

2005           Anima                                                       B312, Montreal, Canada

2005           Philippa Lawrence & Reiko Aoyagi                House of Art, Czech Republic

2001           Glow                                                 ArtSpace, Sydney, Australia

2000           In Our Hands                                             5th Int. Soft Sculpture Exhibition, Kyoto

1996-8                  Revelation                                        Maidstone Gallery, Leighton House,

Barbican, MOMA, Kyoto, Japan

2006-7                  Philippa Lawrence           Oriel Davies, Newtown & Glynn Vivian, Swansea

2001            Glow                              Glynn Vivian Museum & Art Gallery, Swansea

2020            Open UP                                             Hestercombe Gallery, Cheddon Fitzpaine

2020            Centre of Gravity            Bristol

2019            The Clearing                   bo.lee, London

2018-19                Materiality: Provisional States   Hestercombe Gallery, Cheddon Fitzpaine

2018            Whispering Colour          bo.lee, London

2018            250th Summer Exhibition          Royal Academy of Art

2018            Out of Site                      Spike Open, Bristol

2017-18                Nature’s Alchemy           bo.lee, London

2017-18                A Darker Thread                      Oriel Myrddin, touring to Ruthin Crafts Centre

2013            Cloth and Memory {2}              International Textile Exhibition. Salts Mill, Saltaire

2012            Sub-Woofer                    Spike Island, Bristol

2010            Celebrating Paper           Royal West Academy, Bristol

2009-10                Tell it to the Trees            Meadow Arts at Croft Castle, Leominster

2008            Land                              Wales Millennium Centre

2008            Welsh Artist of the Year            St Davids Hall, Cardiff (Winner)

2008            Through the Lens            Invited Artist and Judge, Royal West Academy, Bristol

2004            Mostyn Open                           Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno

2003            Explorations                   National Botanic Garden of Wales

2003            Insiders                                   Oriel Davies and tour

2002            Like Gold Dust                          Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

2002            Ffresh 3                                          Chapter Arts Centre & G39, Cardiff

2000            Purchase Prize                         Visitors Choice, University of Glamorgan

1996-8                  Art Textiles 1                           Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery & tour

Lawrence, P (2019) Materiality: Disclosed symposium with Irish poet and academic Cherry Smyth who wrote the exhibition catalogue essay. Sarah Bennett, Megan Calver and Philippa Lawrence spoke about approaches to making work born from extensive research for the site-based exhibition Materiality: Provisional States. February 2019. Hestercombe House.


Lawrence, P (2018) BEING HERE & BEING THERE: PULLING THREADS presented as part of Dialogues and Disclosures on im(materiality): Hestercombe Unfolds. September 2018. Hestercombe House.


Lawrence, P (2016) Re:Activating Space.  Paper delivered at symposium conceived and organised by Philippa Lawrence and Dr. Natasha Mayo. A series of invited speakers, presentations and workshops for Masters Students to experience a creative maker space.  Sept 2016. Cardiff School of Art & Design.


Lawrence, P (2014) Looking at Lace: Another Kind of Border presented at the Lace Symposium at Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, September 2014. Waddesdon Manor


Lawrence, P (2012) Bound; the use of cloth as interface; exploring boundaries and concepts in relation to site and place’ presented at Outside:  Activating Cloth to Enhance the Way We Live, University of Huddersfield, January 2012. Published by Cambridge Scholars in 2014.

Materiality: Provisional Sates Hestercombe Gallery, Cheddon Fitzpaine. February 2019
Craft Magazine Maker in Focus, May 2013
Cloth & Memory {2} UCA, ISBN: 978-0-9516950-7-4. 2013
Bite-Size UCA, ISBN: 978-0-9564160-9-4. 2011
Embroidery Magazine Article by Dr Jessica Hemmings. June 2008
Breaking Ground Cywaith Cymru & Seren. ISBN: 1854113410. 2007
Site-ations. Sense in Place UWIC. ISBN: 978-1-905617-53-1. 2007
Re-imaging Wales WAI & Seren. ISBN: 1854114069. 2006
Philippa Lawrence Oriel Davies. ISBN: 187079799X. 2006
Reiko Aoyagi & Philippa Lawrence House of Art, Cseke Budejovice. Catalogue. 2006
Anima G39, Cardiff, Wales & B312, Montreal, Canada. 2005
14th Mostyn Open Oriel Mostyn. Exhibition catalogue. 2004
Insiders Oriel Davies Touring Exhibition Catalogue. 2004
Made in Wales Object Magazine, Australia. Issue 43. 2003
Explorations Cywaith Cymru. Catalogue. 2003
Imaging Wales WAI. Publication. ISBN: 9781854113498. 2003
Like Gold Dust Angel Row Gallery. Catalogue. ISBN:0905634578. 2002
Artist’s Story Artists’ Newsletter. November 2001
Art Textiles Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery. Exhibition catalogue. 1997
Angels and Mechanics Exhibition catalogue. ISBN: 0952825600. 1996
Revelation Maidstone Gallery Exhibition catalogue. 1996