Touring artist Tony Phillips will be taking up residency at the Dean Heritage Centre as one of several residencies for his Heritage and Contemporary life project.
From Tuesday the 9th until Thursday the 11th of September will be at the Dean Heritage Centre to explore different aspects of English culture and its visual characteristics for hid project that is publicly funded by Arts Council England.
Tony’s Heritage and Contemporary life project involves visiting several sites to create visual scrapbooks of English heritage. These scrapbooks will then be collated into a booklet recounting the development of visual and culture characteristics of England. Tony will be accepting contributions from visitors to his temporary studio at the Dean Heritage Centre.
When asked about his latest venture and his residency Tony said: “I plan to chart significant inventions, objects,artefacts and symbols as part of my preparation for a major large scale painting which will summarise the theme – English heritage as a fusion of landscape, architecture and social and historical characteristics set amongst the imagery of the times in which we live”.
Tony was born in Liverpool in 1952; he attended Lancaster Art College with a focus on mural design and relief sculpture. He has been working as a freelance artist since 1976 and currently resides in Italy. He is known for his pieces being in the form of a series and having strong social, political and historical content.
The onsite meeting room at the Dean Heritage Centre will be Tony’s studio from the 9th to the 11th of September where he will be accepting any and all visitors. He will be free discuss his work and hopes visitors will participate in adding to his project.
Tony will be exhibiting his final pieces in the Centre’s community gallery, Gallery 41, from Saturday the 20th of December until Sunday the 15th of March.
Arts Council England support a range of activities across the arts. They develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences to enrich peoples lives.
Make sure you visit the Dean Heritage Centre so that you can contribute to this heritage project and see the collation everyones work displayed at the exhibition!