English Heritage & Contemporary Life: A Visual Scrapbook

From Friday 19th December until Sunday 15th March

Touring artist Tony Phillips will be displaying his “England – Heritage and Contemporary Life” exhibition at the Dean Heritage Centre (DHC). The England wide venture is supported using public funding by Arts Council England (ACE) and will show different aspects of English culture and its visual characteristics.

In September Tony spent a residency at the DHC in order to collate ideas which now form part of a ‘visual scrapbook’ of English heritage. The exhibition is the first of a touring show in which Tony Phillips investigates the changing nature of the English environment.

©Tony Phillips
©Tony Phillips

Commenting on his exhibition, Tony said: “The aim of the venture was to chart significant inventions, objects, artefacts and symbols. The finished project shows landscape, architecture and man-made structures narrated through a sequence of drawings and etching showing their development from earliest times through various progressions of traditional English imagery, the industrial revolution and into the globalised iconology of contemporary life”.
Born in Liverpool in 1952, Tony studied mural design and relief sculpture and Lancaster Art College before working for a design consultancy on a large scale relief sculpture in concrete and glass-fibre. Since 1976 he has been working as a freelance artist mainly in Shropshire but he currently resides in Italy. His most fascinating pieces have taken the form of a series and have commonly had social, political and historical content.

©Tony Phillips

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives.
ACE support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries; from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature and crafts to collections.
Entry to the exhibition is included in standard admission to the Centre. More info can be found at 


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