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Ms Phoebe Unwin
Slade School of Fine Art
Gower Street
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  • Associate Professor
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Phoebe Unwin was born in Cambridge in 1979. She studied at Newcastle University (BA Hons 1998 – 2002) and Slade School of Fine Art (MFA 2002 – 2005). Recent exhibitions include 'Osmosis', Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London (solo, 2020); 'Iris', Towner Gallery, Eastbourne UK (solo, 2019); 'The Aerodrome', Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2019); 'Field', Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (solo, 2018); 'Home and Unhome', Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and Contemporary Art Centre, Chongqing, China (group, 2020); 'Le Realtà Ordinarie', Banca di Bologna, Bologna (group, 2020); 'Cet Elixir', Moly-Sabata Fondation Albert Gleizes, Sablons, France (group, 2019); 'The Day in the Evening', Space K, Seoul (group, 2018); ‘31 Women’ Breese Little Gallery, London (group, 2017); ‘Portrait, for a Screenplay, of Beth Harmon’ Tenderpixel, London (group, 2017); ‘Illicit Flowers’ Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland, Germany (group, 2016); ‘Towards Night’ Towner Gallery, Eastbourne (group, 2016); ‘Walk Through 500 Years of British Art’ Tate Britain, London (group, 2016); ‘Distant People and Self-Soothing Objects’, Wilkinson Gallery, London (solo, 2015); ‘One Day Something Happens: Paintings of People, work selected from the Arts Council Collection by Jennifer Higgie’ (group, 2015-16); ‘Emotional Resources’, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (group, 2014-15) and The British Art Show 7 ‘The Days of the Comet’, a Hayward Gallery National Touring Exhibition (group, 2010-11). 

Her work is held in both private and public collections including Tate Collection, UK; Arts Council Collection, UK; Saatchi Collection, London; Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut; Government Art Collection, UK; Kolon Group Collection, Seoul; Jiménez-Colón Collection, Ponce; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia; HSBC, London; Fenberger House, Nagano Prefecture, Japan; British Council Collection, UK; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; and Southampton City Art Gallery.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Phoebe Unwin's paintings explore perceptions of everyday experience. Her invented figurative images and their corresponding relation to mark, scale and colour, fuse to visually articulate the variety of feelings invested in looking. 


Academic Background
2005   Master of Fine Arts University College London
2002   Bachelor of Arts University of Newcastle upon Tyne
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