Senior Lecturer

Ms Debra Phillips

MVA (SCA USyd), BVA (SCA USyd), DipArts VisArts (SCA USyd)

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

Debra Phillips is an artist and a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture.

Phillips studied at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, completing a Master of Visual Arts (Research) in 1990. Although photography is central to her practice, her work also ranges across other forms such as sculptural objects, artist’s multiples and printed matter (including books, prints and newspapers).

Interested in systems of knowledge and their intersection with daily life, Phillips explores public and private archives to generate questions around history-making, economics, geography and politics. Her exhibitions draw attention to the nature of photography—its structures of representation, convention and classification—and the way it supposedly records the real world. The idea that photography can operate as a physical space in which to place things for consideration or as a structure through which we can critique the world has preoccupied Phillips throughout her career. 

Phillips has exhibited extensively at venues such as Anna Leonowens Gallery, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University, Halifax; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Artspace, Sydney; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Canberra Contemporary Art Space; Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane amongst others.

Phillips is represented by Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney. Her work can be found in national, international and private collections. 

Phone
8936 0762

Publications

  • Creative Works (non-textual) | 2020
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips D, 2020, Closing Out, Closing Out, Kronenberg Mais Wright, 20 March 2020 - 01 August 2020, medium: Photography, at: https://kronenbergmaiswright.com/current/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2020
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips D, 2020, Untitled (Constant #2b), Shadow Catchers, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 22 February 2020 - 31 January 2021, medium: Photography, at: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/?exhibition_id=8238
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2020
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips D, 2020, The Good. The Just. The Beautiful., National Photography Prize 2020, Murray Art Museum Albury, 21 February 2020 - 14 June 2020, medium: Photography, at: https://www.mamalbury.com.au/who-is-mama/media/latest-news/debra-phillips-awarded-national-photography-prize-2020
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2018
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips D, 2018, Studies for Narcissus (22. One Common Doom), Photograph, Kronenberg Mais Wright, 27 November 2018 - 14 December 2018, medium: Photography, at: http://www.kronenbergwrightartistsprojects.com/current/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2018
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips D, 2018, Untitled, Crafting the house on the hill: art, design and the building of Australian Parliament House, Canberra Museum + Gallery, 07 July 2018 - 04 November 2018, medium: Photography, at: http://www.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/crafting-the-house-on-the-hill
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2018
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips D, 2018, Untitled (Copper sheet: E), Group Exhibition 2018, Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects, Sydney, 15 February 2018 - 03 March 2018, medium: Photography, at: http://www.kronenbergwrightartistsprojects.com/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2017
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2017, The Good. The Just. The Beautiful., The Good. The Just. The Beautiful., Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects, 20 October 2017 - 11 November 2017, at: http://www.kronenbergwrightartistsprojects.com/artists/debra-phillips/debra-phillips-exhibitions/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2017
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2017, The Good. The Just. The Beautiful., The Good. The Just. The Beautiful., Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects, 20 October 2017 - 11 November 2017, at: http://www.kronenbergwrightartistsprojects.com/artists/debra-phillips/debra-phillips-exhibitions/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2017
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2017, Untitled (35mm Slides: Grey), Could all this be it?, Cold Cuts, Sydney, 29 September 2017 - 01 October 2017
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2016
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2016, 'Untitled', CCP 30th Anniversary Fundraiser, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 21 July 2016 - 31 July 2016, medium: Photography, at: http://www.ccp.org.au/news.php?id=298
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2016
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2016, 7 'Untitled' works, The Mnemonic Mirror, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, 08 December 2016 - 11 March 2017, medium: Photography, at: https://www.griffith.edu.au/visual-creative-arts/griffith-artworks/exhibition-program/2016-exhibitions/mnemonic-mirror
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2016
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2016, 2 'Untitled' works, Group Exhibition 2016, Kronenberg Wright Artists Projects, Sydney, 25 November 2016 - 17 December 2016, medium: Photography, at: http://www.kronenbergwrightartistsprojects.com/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2016
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2016, 7 'Untitled' works, The Mnemonic Mirror, University of Technology Sydney Gallery, 10 May 2016 - 01 July 2016, medium: Photography, at: http://art.uts.edu.au/index.php/exhibitions/the-mnemonic-mirror/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2015
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2015, 54 notes from the street (section), Writing Art, Ideas Platform | Artspace, 25 June 2015 - 16 July 2015, at: http://www.artspace.org.au/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2014
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2014, 54 notes from the street, Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier, Centre for Contemporary Photography, 03 October 2014 - 26 October 2014, at: http://www.ccp.org.au/exhibitions.php?f=20141026_Gallery_1
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2013
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2013, Polystyrene ball (grey), Conical beginning (grey), Silicon sphere (grey), Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2013, National Art School, Sydney, 03 May 2013 - 03 May 2013, at: http://www.redlands.nsw.edu.au/go/redlands-community/redlands-konica-minolta-art-prize
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2012
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2012, The roundest object in the world, The roundest object in the world, BREENSPACE, Sydney, 26 October 2012 - 24 November 2012
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2012
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2012, Untitled #1, Flatlands: Photography and Everyday Space, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Sydney, 13 September 2012 - 03 February 2013, at: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/media-office/flatlands-photography-and-everyday-space/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2011
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2011, On this day various works, On this day, Anna Leonowens Gallery; Nova Scotia, Canada, 23 May 2011 - 11 June 2011, at: https://issuu.com/nscadadmissions/docs/nscadannualreport_2011-12
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2011
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2011, Untitled various works, Photography & place: Australian landscape photography 1970s until now, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Sydney, 16 March 2011 - 29 May 2011, at: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2009
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2009, Blow, Parade and Backwash, Debra Phillips, BREENSPACE, Sydney, 01 October 2009 - 31 October 2009
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2006
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2006, 52 sidelong glances, the Captain's ghost, Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, Wellington, New Zealand, 26 May 2006 - 23 July 2006, at: http://www.adamartgallery.org.nz/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2004
    Ms Debra Phillips
    Phillips DA, 2004, One thing leads to another, One thing leads to another, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, 02 June 2004 - 26 June 2004

Awards

Grants

Debra Phillips is represented in national, international and private collections and she is the recipient of a number of residencies, awards and grants.

Media