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SOLD OUT – The RCA in Collaboration with Art on the Underground: Heather Phillipson and Phyllida Barlow in Conversation

19 June 2018 | 6.30pm – 8pm

Kensington, Lecture Theatre 1

The RCA School of Arts & Humanities is delighted to announce that they will soon be hosting a conversation between Heather Phillipson and Phyllida Barlow, in collaboration with Art on the Underground. Phillipson and Barlow will discuss their recent works and the challenges of presenting artwork in public space.

The event marks the occasion of Heather Phillipson’s major new Art on the Underground commission at Gloucester Road station, my name is lettie eggsyrub, Phillipson’s first public commission in the UK and Art on the Underground’s most ambitious temporary project to date. It will be on view for one year.

Filling the 80-metre disused platform, my name is lettie eggsyrub features multiple video screens, early computer game-style graphics and a landscape of enormous sculptures. Relationships between human and non-human animals are a recurring theme in Phillipson’s work and for this commission she has focused on the egg as an object of reproduction, subject to human interference. Phillipson’s installation conjures many understandings of the egg – as cliché, avatar, consumable and foodstuff, often detached from its origins. Phillipson uses strange, comic and at times uncomfortable images to question assumed positions and to destabilize dominant power and thought structures.


Heather Phillipson's forthcoming projects include the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, in 2020; a new online commission for Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and a major solo show at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, both in 2018. Recent solo projects include: Screens Series, New Museum, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Frieze Projects New York; 32nd São Paolo Biennale, Brazil; Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt; the 14th Istanbul Biennial and Performa, New York.

Phillipson is also an award-winning poet and has published four volumes of poetry. She was named a Next Generation Poet in 2014, received Poetry magazine’s Friends of Literature Prize in 2016, and writes a regular column for ArtReview. She received the Film London Jarman Award in 2016 and was awarded the European Film Festival selection at the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2018.

Phyllida Barlow lives and works in London. Barlow represented Great Britain at La Biennale di Venezia 2017 with a major solo show in the British Pavilion, which ran 13 May – 26 November 2017.  She has recently unveiled two major commissions, one at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh and the other for the High Line, New York.

Recent key solo exhibitions include ARTIST ROOMS: Phyllida Barlow at Turner Contemporary, Margate (2017); demo at Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich (2016); tryst, the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas TX (2015); set, Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland (2015); dock, the Duveen Commission at Tate Britain, London (2014); GIG, Hauser & Wirth Somerset; Phyllida Barlow. Fifty Years of Drawing, Hauser & Wirth London and HOARD, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach FL (2013). 


This event has been organised by the RCA School of Arts & Humanities. Please contact Anne Duffau for more information.