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Monday, 25 July 2016 15:11 Written by Lucy Admin


TLS Cover July 22 2016 news

Tom Phillips reviews Painters' Paintings, an exhibition at the National Gallery, in the Times Literary Supplement, issue number 5912, July 22nd 2016.

Friday, 10 June 2016 15:52 Written by Lucy Admin

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016

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A Humument p190: Silence and Stars, 2016 edition of 75

The 248th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition opens to the public daily from 13th June to 21st August.

This year, alongside two original works, Tom Phillips is exhibiting four new Humument prints which will be available exclusively from the Royal Academy for the duration of the exhibition.

For those of you unable to make it to the Royal Academy you will be able to view the show and purchase works online via this link on the RA website

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 12:24 Written by Lucy Admin

Tickets available for 20 Sites at Wilson Road Lecture Hall

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Tickets are now available for a screening of 20 Sites n Years at the Wilson Road Lecture Hall, Camberwell College of Arts, London SE5 8LU at 6.30pm on Wednesday 22nd June. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Tom Phillips, Jake Auerbach and David Thorp. 

The tickets are £5 and there are a limited number of free tickets available for Camberwell students.

Purchase online from the South London Gallery site here


Wednesday, 04 May 2016 15:19 Written by Lucy Admin

Tom Phillips at Shandy Hall: From Prequel to Sequel


Now that Spring is here what better time to visit Shandy Hall home of The Laurence Sterne Trust and the house where Sterne wrote Tristam Shandy. The house and gardens are worth the journey alone but in the gallery, until 26th June there is a very rare opportunity to see Tom Phillips’s original artwork for the 50 pages which will complete the second version of A Humument. Details of the forthcoming publication will be announced shortly.

The gallery at Shandy Hall is open every day except Saturday from 11am to 4pm.  

Meanwhile, Patrick Wildgust the indefatigable curator of Shandy Hall has been running a project with the University of Pennsylvania to trap, photograph, identify and write about the various moth species found in the gardens of Shandy Hall, to date over 372 of them. You can share his discoveries here


Monday, 25 April 2016 11:20 Written by Lucy Admin

20 Sites n Years Film


In 1973 Tom Phillips set out the following instruction for a new conceptual work which he called 20 Sites n Years:

Every year on or around the same day (24th May - 2nd June) at the same time of day and from the same position a photograph is taken at each of the twenty locations on this map which is based on a circle of half a mile radius drawn around the place (Site 1: 102 Grove Park SE15) where the project was devised. It is hoped that this process will be carried on into the future and beyond the deviser's death for as long as the possibility of continuing and the will to undertake the task persist.

Fortunately the will to undertake the task has persisted and each year since 1973 Tom Phillips has completed the annual nine mile circuit photographing each of the twenty locations.

Jake Auerbach is a filmmaker who works directly with his artist subjects to make truthful and compelling documentaries which are screened in galleries and museums around the world. Over several years he accompanied Tom Phillips as he photographed and edited 20 Sites and through interview, observation and archive footage he has made a film that tells the story of this work.

You can stream the film, purchase it on DVD or watch the trailer at this link:

A screening and Q&A event with both artist and filmmaker will be held at the Wilson Road Lecture Hall, Camberwell College of Arts, London SE5 on Wednesday 22nd June. Tickets are available through the South London Gallery