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LATEST: I am currently beavering away in the studio on new works and projects, more details of which will follow soon. You can also keep up to date with what is going on through my blog and on Twitter. Please also feel free to get in touch by email.


Diary of a painting

Recently I was asked by Terry Greene to make a 'Diary of a Painting'. .... read more

Artist of the month

Visual Arts South West (VASW) is part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN)* initiated by the Arts Council of England. .... read more

Merge Visible

18 January - 20 March 2017

Curated by Charley Peters, Merge Visible brings together a group of British painters who.... read more

Saturation Point

Apocalypso reviewed by Annie O'Donnell

Phil Illingworth defines his practice as experimental, through the repeated testing-out of hypotheses.... read more

Apocalypso - solo exhibition at Platform A

29 September - 3 November 2016

Phil Illingworth’s practice encompasses the expanded fields of painting and drawing, three.... read more

The Manchester Contemporary 2016

22 September - 25 September 2016

Platform A Gallery are exhibiting some of my work along with work by Robert Picciau and Nick Kennedy. read more

We work in the dark, we do what we can, we give what we have

2 September - 1 October 2016

Alice Anderson, Phil Illingworth, Evy Jokhova, Curated by Paula MacArthur, Rye Creative Centre. read more

And Ings

27th - 29th May 2016

Curated by Timothy Holt, Noho Studios, 46 Great Titchfield Street, London W1. read more

CBP Summer Exhibition

30 July - 15 October 2016

A group show of 40 artists marking the 40th anniversary of Quay Arts. read more

Contemporary British Painting

1 May 2016

I am delighted to have been invited to join the group Contemporary British Painting. read more


14 April - 29 May 2016

One of my works has been long listed for the Aesthetica Art Prize. 'Portrait of a king in several different positions' will appear in the Anthology and screened at the exhibition in York later this year. read more


November 2015

'Colony' and 'Portable Painting' are in 6Gins at Royal Standard, Liverpool, curated and co-founded by James Worley and Lucy Brotherton ... read more

Autocatalytic Future Games

June 2015

Playpaint (fellow Marmiters) have called together an outstanding group of artists for this exhibition at No Format Gallery. Artists include Ben Cove, Kiera Bennett, Mimei Thompson, Alison Pilkington, Tim Ellis, Sophia Starling, Clare Chapman, Dan Coombs, Virginia Verran, Jonathan Parsons, Lothar Goetz, Katrina Blannin, Andrew Seto, David... read more


June 2015

Back in May I did a short interview for Con/text magazine. It is online here

The Influencers

November 2014

I'm thrilled to have been selected by Tony Charles at PlatformA Gallery for his Axisweb feature The Influencers along with Jo McGonigal and Nick Kennedy. I had the great pleasure of being in a group show last year at Platform A, along with Tony Charles, Deb Covell, Kate Davis, Annie O'Donnell, Boa Swindler, Alison Wilding, and Chiara Williams. It's a wonderful space and I made some great friends. It brings back happy memories!

MRA Open Forum at Towner Gallery

June 2014

Matt Roberts has invited me to be on the panel with Deb Wilson of WW Gallery for a Matt Roberts Arts Open Forum. The event is on 28th June, where I will be discussing my practice! The event is hosted by the Blue Monkey Network and Towner Gallery.

Hoax: Issue 3

My drawing '17' is included in the printed publication Hoax, "a counter-argument to the commonplace notion that art and creative writing are mutually exclusive". Hoax launches in Glasgow in January 2014.


Tomorrow exhibition

I have been invited to take part in Tomorrow, curated by Timothy Holt and Jess White. The curators describe the exhibition as 'An ambitious exhibition featuring new and recent work by inspirational artists who use found objects in the fabrication of their practices'. It opens at The Gallery in London in October.

Nom de Strip magazine

I was interviewed for an article in Nom de Strip in July this year whilst I was in France. Issue 4 of the magazine will be launched at a special event on 14 September.

Jerwood Drawing Prize

September 2013-April 2014

I'm very excited to have been selected for the 2013 Drawing Prize. Selected by Kate Brindley, Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art mima; Michael Craig-Martin RA, artist; and Charlotte Mullins, art critic, writer, broadcaster, and Editor of Art Quarterly, the exhibition opens at the Jerwood Space London on 11 September and goes on to tour to Newcastle, Plymouth and Canterbury. A Pause in the segue JDP 2013

North South Divine - Hobson's Choice

This time last year Paul Hobson, Director of the Contemporary Art Society, selected 'Frightening Albert' as his exhibition of the week. He has now selected North South Divine.



Frightening Albert

The catalogue for the exhibition, with text by Paul Carey-Kent is now online : Frightening Albert

North South Divine

The show is Event of the Week on Artlicks. A short video of the preview here: Broughton & Birnie

North South Divine

The show opened last night - more details and online catalogue with text by Kate Brindley, Director of mima, here: WW Gallery NSD

North South Divine

A 3 month show featuring works by Tony Charles, Deb Covell, Kate Davis, Phil Illingworth,
Annie O'Donnell, Boa Swindler, Alison Wilding, and Chiara Williams

3 April - 11 May 2013, WW Gallery, London
17 May - 20 June 2013, Platform A, Middlesbrough

Marmite Prize exhibition tour

The shortlisted artists have now been announced, and the exhibition tour starts at Central Art Gallery, Ashton-under-Lyne, on 14 December 2012...



WW Gallery Xmas Bogof

I am very pleased to have one of my works in the line-up for the WW Gallery Xmas Bogof fundraiser, 19 - 22 December 2012.


To coincide with the launch of Sluice Publications, there will be a silent / blind auction at Hanmi Gallery in Fitzrovia, London, which will include one of my works. The auction will be open to the public to view and bid on from 22 October and will reach its conclusion during the reception on the evening of the 24th. Please do come along and support the project.



Marmite Painting Prize

This is one of the best around in my opinion, and I am delighted to have been selected. The 8-month exhibition tours the UK from December 2012.



Frightening Albert - Hobson's Choice

Paul Hobson, Director of the Contemporary Art Society, has selected 'Frightening Albert as his exhibition of the week.



Frightening Albert - reviews

Anna McNay - Art Corpus more...

‘Illingworth has taken a spanking new space and pathological terror and turned them into something witty, engaging and colourful, making this an auspicious start for WW Gallery mark two.'

Kate Weir, Spoonfed

'Event of the week' - Art Licks, April 9th




Frightening Albert - dates extended

'Following popular demand and numerous positive reviews, we are extending the current solo exhibition of new work by Phil Illingworth.' WW Gallery. The exhibition now runs to 12th May 2012.

Frightening Albert

I am very proud to announce that my first London solo show is also the inaugural show at WW Gallery's new space in Hatton Garden. The exhibition takes its name from the notorious Watson experiments of 1920 surrounding stimulus response and conditioning. The preview and launch party is on 10th April and the exhibition runs from 11th April to 5th May 2012

Say What You See at Aspex

Say What You See starts with a single artwork. The exhibition grows piece by piece as another artwork, connected to the one before it, is added. 'Ghost' has been selected as the second piece. The exhibition is at Aspex, Portsmouth, from January 2011 until March 2012.



Ghost, Phil Illingworth, 2011

Morph Plinth

The brilliant, tiny, Morph Plinth. 14cm high, proposals for a specially made artwork are made via Twitter, and a new work is selected to go on top every few months. My little piece is scheduled to make special official (and unofficial) appearances at Frieze, Sluice Art Fair, and who knows where else in the near future...


Salon 2011

I have very busy in the studio, but I am delighted to announce that I have again had a work selected for Salon at MRA in Vyner Street, London. The panel of judges were Patricia Bickers (Editor, Art Monthly), Pippa Hale (Director, Project Space Leeds), and Robert Leckie (Exhibitions Curator, Gasworks).


Exhibition in ARC at Aspex

I am very pleased to be exhibiting a number of works at the Artist Resource Centre at Aspex, Portsmouth. The works will be on view from December 2010 until March next year.



I have had a work selected for Salon 2010 at Matt Roberts Arts. The selected work is 'Dad, dead', a 3 dimensional drawing based on hand-made miniature facsimiles of some of my late father's tools. The panel of judges were Peter Bonnell (Curator at Artsway), Kate MacGarry (Director, Kate MacGarry Gallery), and Richard Birkett (Curator, ICA).


John Moores Painting Prize

I am delighted to announce that I have had a work selected for the John Moores Painting Prize. '3D Painting No.1' is the first in a new series of works. The judges were Ged Quinn, Alison Watt, Gary Hume, Goshka Macuga, and Sir Norman Rosenthal. The exhibition is at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool, from 18 September 2010 to 3 January 2011.



Group exhibition at WW Gallery, Queensdown Road, Hackney Downs, London E5 28 May - 4 July 2010


Little Gods

'Little Gods' solo exhibition at Art Space Portsmouth runs from 16th to 27th November 2009. PV 20th November from 6pm. Please email me for details.


Come Together

'Come Together' is the inaugural exhibition of CoExist + Metal and runs from 11th September to 9th October 2009.


53rd Venice Biennale

'Travelling Light' is an innovative Biennale collateral project showcasing 58 international artists. Featured by the British Council on the Artupdate map for the 53rd Venice Biennale, Travelling Light will first be exhibited in London at WW Gallery in Hackney Downs before being transported to Venice for the Biennale.



'Dust' (one of a group of four), Phil Illingworth, 2009