Phyllida Barlow CBE RA

Phyllida Barlow CBE RA - Honorary Fellow

Acclaimed sculptor Phyllida Barlow CBE RA will represent Great Britain at the 57th Venice International Art Biennale.

Phyllida Barlow has been working as a sculptor for over 50 years. Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1944, she moved to London with her family when she was young. She attended Chelsea College of Arts in the 1960s, where she embarked on her career as a sculptor and met her husband and fellow artist, Fabian Peake.

In 1969 she began teaching at Chelsea College of Arts, where she remained until 1979. Whilst raising her five children with Fabian, Barlow continued teaching and working as a sculptor, developing her own way of ‘making’ using materials such as fabric, timber, cement and plaster, and moulding them in a clay-like way.

In the early 1980s, Barlow took up teaching posts at Brighton Polytechnic and Camberwell College of Arts, before taking up a role at the Slade School of Fine Art where she became Professor of Fine Art and Director of Undergraduate Studies. Her students included Rachel Whiteread, Angela de la Cruz, Tacita Dean OBE, and Steven Pippin.

Retiring from her role at Slade in 2009, Barlow found critical acclaim in a 2010 exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery with Nairy Baghramian. In 2014, after an invitation from Tate Britain’s then director Penelope Curtis, Barlow filled the Duveen Galleries in a lauded show, and next year she will represent Great Britain at the 57th Venice International Art Biennale.

Barlow became a Royal Academician in 2011 and was awarded a CBE earlier this year.

Her work features in the permanent collections of Tate Britain, The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, the Carnegie Museum of Art in the US, the Museum Ludwig in Germany and Kunsthaus Zürich in Switzerland.

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