Phillips Lucy

'The Secrets Agency' (2008 - present) - Lucy Phillips
Lucy Phillips

I use my artistic practice to facilitate communication – often utilising what are now considered outdated or analog systems in a digital age. These include interventions into existing communication systems and processes, such as postal correspondence, opinion polls and voting methods.

I discreetly intervene into everyday routines and often work in alternative spaces, including libraries, train stations and shopping centres – allowing people to happen upon my artwork. I often involve the participation of others as I question societal routines and explore decision-making. My work encourages the re-evaluation of things that are forgotten, overlooked or considered mundane.

I undertake meticulous investigations and research processes through my practice. I attempt to subvert official formalities and accepted signage to explore the thin line between genuine and imitation.

Past exhibitions include Obsessions (Modern Art Oxford, UK), Directors Cut (OVADA, UK), and Thirst (Beldam Gallery, UK). I have exhibited internationally during the SENDER / EMPFÄNGER Residency (Galerie Herold, Germany) and my work is housed in Oxford University’s Hospitals Trust’s permanent collection.

Selected curatorial projects include DAWN ROSE RED (OVADA), Below the Surface (OVADA), Urbansuburban (Oxford City Council/Westgate Oxford) and My River (Museum of Oxford).

Both my current and former professional roles greatly inform my own artistic practice: Director – OVADA (2017 – present), Associate Lecturer – Oxford Brookes University (2018 – present) and Project Manager– Crisis/Arts at the Old Fire Station Commission (2011). In 2014 I was selected to take part in the Clore Leadership Intensive Programme, which continues to inform my professional development.


  • '@TwitAir_Mail' - SENDER / EMPFÄNGER residency (2015) - Lucy Phillips
  • 'Words of Wisdom' (2006) - Lucy Phillips
  • 'First Past the Post' - Out of Office exhibition (2012) - Lucy Phillips
  • 'The Secrets Agency' (2008 - present) - Lucy Phillips
  • 'Post (at your risk)' - Director's Cut exhibition (2017) - Lucy Phillips
  • 'The Postcard Project' (2007) - Lucy Phillips

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