‘ARC (now Aspex Artists) has been of enormous help to me at two particularly significant stages in the evolution of my art practice. In addition to one-to-one surgeries I have also benefitted from artists talks and networking events, neither of which should be underestimated in their usefulness. It is impossible to quantify in exact terms, but I have little doubt that arc has played an important role in helping me to evaluate and develop my art practice. To put this into perspective, I have progressed from virtually point zero to exhibiting at a collateral event at the Venice Biennale in a little over three years.’
Phil’s work was selected for exhibition in the prestigious John Moores painting prize in 2010.
He has recently had his first solo exhibition in London and is now represented by WW Gallery.
Phil Illingworth was born in 1955 in Yorkshire, England. He studied at Portsmouth College of Art (1975 – 1978), and spent much of his earlier career as a graphic designer.
- Frightening Albert, WW Gallery, London, April-May 2012 (solo)
- Say what you see, Aspex, Portsmouth, January – March 2012
- Salon 2011, Matt Roberts Arts, London, October 2011
- ARC at Aspex, Portsmouth, December 2010 – March 2011
- Salon 2010, Matt Roberts Arts, London, October 2010
- John Moores 2010 Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, September 2010 – January 2011
- Time, WW Gallery, London, May-July 2010
- Little Gods, GASP, November 2009 (solo)
- Come Together, CoExist + Metal, September-October 2009
- Travelling Light, London and Venice Biennale, May-June 2009
- Parental Guidance, WW Gallery, London, March-April 2009
- Affluenza, London, March 2009
- Mink Schmink, WW Gallery, London, January 2009
‘I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic resource and source of support that ARC (now Aspex Artists) has been. As an artist starting out and faced with lots of questions, the one to one surgery provided much needed guidance and confidence for moving forward. I’ve found the monthly critique group invaluable in terms of sharing ideas, shaping thought processes, and just getting the opportunity to talk with other artists. I see them as a very tangible investment in my ongoing learning. The workshop on applying for open submissions was both useful and motivating, while talks by exhibiting artists have been very inspiring. It is wonderful that these kinds of resources and opportunities are available for free. Coming to the art world without the kind of network that is more commonly gained through arts education, I felt somewhat isolated. Aspex have been not only approachable but provides a real sense of community. Being based in Southampton it has been invaluable to have such a resource within easy access.’
She sums up her support from as follows: ‘I have made contacts, been given advice, particularly the crit group has been helpful, I have made lots of new artist contacts and had invaluable conversations and input from the group.’ She describes ARC’s (now Aspex Artists) critique group session as ‘a brilliant idea’ and feels that this is very much down to the individual leading the group, as he/she needs to be strong and experienced. Describing Jonathan Parson’s leadership as ‘absolutely brilliant’, Anna states: ‘He has just been extraordinary, so enabling…never takes over…so intelligent…always there to keep it going and draw things out of people.’ Anna has found that such advice/support has been fruitful in numerous ways, from introductions to galleries in the USA (in one-to-one sessions, with Jonathan Parsons) and showing at Kew as a ‘direct result’ of a networking event, to showing films at Aspex. She notes; ‘My latest body of work has been supported by aspex all the way through, from advice on funding proposals (which I got) to critics and showing the work. It is now showing at major film festivals outside the region.’ She notes: ‘Conversations are part of the development of work.’ When asked how arc might expand/develop in the future, she suggests that ‘in an ideal world’ it would be interesting to be able to invite people/specialists to the critique group who are important to her, ‘to broaden the critical aspect’. Anna believes that social networking opportunities provided by aspex are: ‘better than anywhere else, there is nowhere else.’
Anna has recently shown her film work ‘Sierra Leone 30%’ on the Guardian website, see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/video/2012/sep/26/sierra-leone-women-refuse-whistling-quota-video it was awarded ‘best film’ at Southampton Film Week
She has also been selected for the ‘A Place for Art’ 3-month residency at Mottisfont Abbey near Romsey, beginning in November 2012.
- 1994-1998: BA Visual Art 1st Winchester
- 1998-2000 : MA Goldsmiths Visual Art
- 2002-4, 2006-7: Creative writing – mentor Prof / poet Peter Middleton Southampton Uni.
- 2007: Experimental film course – Cambridge Film Consortium.
- 2010 ‘It works both ways’ Discovery Centre Winchester
- 2006 ‘Burnt On’ Pinhole photos of India. New Greenham Arts, Newbury
- 2005 The Familiar and the Unfamiliar’ Pinholes of Winchester and India. Winchester Gallery
- 2005 Pinhole photographs at the Valley School, Bangalore
- 2005 Debenhams window as part of the Hat Fair, Winchester
- 2004 billboards in Winchester (bursary fotonet-south)
- 2003 Billboard exhibition
- 2003 Replay computers Winchester Website launch
- 2003 Victoria Park Art Centre Gallery Portsmouth ‘A Cup of Tea’
- 2006 Menier Gallery London with Katie Mills
- 2005 Ale and Porter Bradford on Avon
- 2004 The Study Gallery, Poole Photography festival
- 2004 Bad Quality’a Southern Arts touring exhibition
- 2002 Aspex, Portsmouth ‘Homemade’
- 2001 Open Lens Forest Arts
- 2001/2 Artsway Open exhibitions.
- 2000 Newbury Festival, ‘Remarks on the Landscape’
‘I have had M.E. for 22 years and agoraphobia for 12 years. I had an old leaflet for Aspex and ARC and contacted them. Jonathan Parsons came to my house when I was holding an Open Studio event in 2006 and it turned into an informal one-to-one. He gave me encouragement, advice to take it further and said to come along to the new Aspex gallery when it opened at the end of that year. I went to ARC’s launch event the following January and, after nearly running out twice from panic attacks, settled down and enjoyed the talks and just being amongst other creative people, even though I never spoke to a single person! After that I went to every talk and workshop for the first 5 months, soaking up information and contacts and gaining so much confidence along the way. Since then I have had a number of one-to-ones getting advice on entering open competitions, applying for awards, and general advice on my work. I regularly attend talks and workshops when they are held, use the resources in the ARC office and attend the ARC summer and winter networking parties, something I would never have dreamed of before. I had an exhibition at Art Space in March 2009 and Jonathan Parsons gave a lot of advice leading up to the show, helped to hang it with me and then organised an ARC critique group which gave very helpful feedback and I even sold a painting to one of the attendees. I also had a connected exhibition of a few of my paintings in the ACR office running concurrently. I have been subletting a studio and hope to move into my own permanent studio in the near future. I have also have had work in major competition exhibitions with a painting in The National Open Art Competition in 2008 and Outside In at Pallant House Gallery in 2009. I know that I wouldn’t be where I am now with my art practice if it wasn’t for ARC’s support over the last few years.’
Adrian was the 2010/11 AA2A artist in residence at the University of Portsmouth. He currently holds a studio at Art Space Portsmouth and his work was recently show in London, Brighton and Chichester as part of the ‘Tight Modern’ project.
- 1989-91 OND Spatial Design, Portsmouth College of Art & Design
- 1988-9 First Diploma, Portsmouth College of Art & Design
- 2011/12 – ARC Space, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
- 2010 – Behind The Door, GASP, Art Space Portsmouth
- 2009 – Unique, Nineveh, Havant, Hampshire
- 2009 – Unique, GASP, Art Space Portsmouth
- 2009 – ARC Space, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth 2008 – Don’t Panic, Havant Arts Centre, Hampshire
- 2012 – Tight Modern, Touring London, Brighton & Chichester
- 2012 – Shape Open, Portobello Gallery, London 2009/11 – Art Space @ 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth
- 2011 – AA2A Final Exhibition, University of Portsmouth
- 2011 – AA2A Interim Exhibition, 3rd Floor Arts Centre, Central Library, Portsmouth
- 2010 – Outside In, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
- 2010 – St Wilfred’s Open, Pallent House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex
- 2010 – Gosport Open, Hampshire 2010 – Outside In, Salisbury Arts Centre
- 2009 – Outside In, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex
- 2009 – Imprint, Havant Open, Havant Art Centre, Hampshire
- 2008/9 – 800 feet, Art Space Portsmouth, Space, University of Portsmouth
- 2008 – National Open Art Competition, Chichester Festival Theatre
- 2008 – Portsmouth Open, Portsmouth City Museum
- 2008 – Havant Arts Centre’s 30th Anniversary Celebrations, Hampshire
- 2008 – Read Me – Words & Pictures, Havant Arts Centre, Hampshire