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Caroline Phillips is a visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia, with a PhD from the Victorian College of the Arts/University of Melbourne (2017). Her studio practice is augmented by participatory and collaborative projects that build feminist community. Using sculpture and photography, Phillips is interested in reconfiguring relationships of power, sexual politics and embodied experience to re/present the relational art object as a feminist object. Through modes of connection and inter-relation in both her methodology and outcomes, her work re/imagines an ethical feminist future.

Phillips has exhibited in over 50 solo and group exhibitions internationally at venues. She held her first New York solo show in 2017 by invitation with NARS Foundation. In 2019, Phillips commenced ongoing social media art project #imawomanartistproject. She has successfully secured grants and funding across a number of research, development and presentation projects, most recently the 2020 Petite Residency in Paris at Factory 49 and the 2020 International Feminist Art Residency in Florence, both postponed due to COVID-19.


Alongside her studio practice, Phillips has presented a number of independent curatorial projects including The f Word: Contemporary Feminist Art in Australia (2014), The Technopia Tours Feminist Art Bus (2014) with Kim Donaldson, f-generation: feminism, art, progressions (2015) with Veronica Caven Aldous and Juliette Peers, and AS IF: Echoes of the Women’s Art Register (2015) with the Women’s Art Register (WAR). She continues her involvement with WAR—Australia’s living archive of women’s art practice—in the leadership team.


Phillips has published book chapters, catalogue essays and edited the Women’s Art Register Bulletin magazine. Her essay The Long Haul, Women’s Art Archives was published earlier this year in the book ‘She Persists, Perspectives on Women in Art & Design’ by the National Gallery of Victoria (2020).


2017 PhD (Fine Art) // Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), University of Melbourne


2012 Master of Fine Art (Research) // VCA, University of Melbourne

2009 Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Art // UVCA, University of Melbourne

1993 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) // Phillip Institute of Technology (Melbourne)


Grants + Prizes

2020  National Assistance Program for the Arts Grant

2015 NAVA // Australian Artists’ Grant


2015 University of Melbourne Student Union // Arts Grant


2015 University of Melbourne // POTS Award (Prestigious Overseas Travelling Scholarship)


2014 Creative Victoria // VicArts Grant


2014 Victorian Women’s Trust // Sponsorship Grant


2014 Melbourne Social Equity Institute // Doctoral Academy Grant


2014 University of Melbourne // Faculty Small Grant Scheme


2013 Melbourne Social Equity Institute // Seed Funding Grant


2012–2013  Australian Postgraduate Award for PhD Research

2012 City of Melbourne // Arts Project Grant

2011 Copyright Agency Limited // Creative Industries Career Fund Grant

2011 NAVA // The Janet Holmes á Court Artists’ Grant

2010–2011 Australian Postgraduate Award for Masters Research

2010 University of Melbourne Conference and Creative Research Activity Fund

2010 University of Melbourne Student Union // Arts Grant

2009 University Melbourne Student Union // Sculpture Commission

2009 Winner George Paton Gallery Proud Award

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