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Isla Phillips

Isla graduated with a first class BA in Classics from the University of Cambridge in 2018. Her specialisms were Art, Archaeology and the Roman poet Ovid. After graduation she spent a year in Japan, where she interned as a curatorial assistant at the Fukuoka Asian Arts Museum. Currently, Isla is studying for a History of Art MA at Birkbeck, London (part-time). Professionally (full-time) Isla  is the Director of the Kent Academies Network University Access Programme and also a teacher at a school in Kent.

Stories By Isla Phillips

  • 21st century

    Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus

    By June 19, 2020

    Kara Elizabeth Walker (1969 – ) is an American contemporary artist. She is known as a painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist, and film-maker. Last year (2019) she made the Fons Americanus a large scale public sculpture...

  • 21st century

    An Interview with Emily Thomas

    By May 25, 2020

    Emily Thomas is a 24 year old, British, emerging artist. At first glance, her bright and vibrant sculptural work is distinctive and abstract. In a previous article, Exploring Place with Emily Thomas, we looked at Thomas’ artworks...

  • 21st century

    Rainbows for the NHS and Damien Hirst

    By May 11, 2020

    Since lockdown came into effect in the UK, people have been putting rainbows on display to show love for key-workers. An inherent sign of hope, these rainbows are bringing joy as well as art to the...

  • 20th century

    Exploring Place with Emily Thomas

    By April 17, 2020

    Emily Thomas is a 24 years old, British emerging artist. Her bright and vibrant sculptural work is distinctive and abstract at first glance. However, it is also richly embedded in a sense of place. In this...

  • dailyart

    Painting of the Week: Salvador Dalí, Madonna of Port Lligat

    By April 12, 2020

    Salvador Dalí’s The Madonna of Port Lligat depicts an image of Mary holding baby Jesus in her lap. However it has layers upon layers of meaning. For example symbolism that looks forward to Easter – the...

  • The Last Supper by Leonardo The Last Supper by Leonardo


    Holy Week in Art. Easter Explained in Paintings

    By April 11, 2020

    To celebrate the Christian festival of Easter, here is the story of Holy Week and Easter explained in paintings. Palm Sunday Our ‘Easter Explained in Paintings’ manual starts with the Palm Sunday. The sixth Sunday in...

  • 20th century

    David Hockney – iPad Images of Springtime from Quarantine

    By April 7, 2020

    David Hockney is in lock-down in Normandy and spends most days in the garden, drawing the spring awakening on his iPad. In a series of letters written to the BBC correspondent he shares how he feels...

  • 21st century

    The Many Rebirths of Venus

    By February 20, 2020

    Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus is iconic in western art. Alongside the Mona Lisa, it is probably a contender for “most famous painting.” Unsurprisingly the renowned Renaissance picture has inspired reconfiguration, reproductions, and references in...

  • Ancient Greece

    3 Things You Might Not Know About The Birth of Venus

    By February 14, 2020

    It’s Valentines season, so what better thing to do than to meditate on the things you love, and of course, Venus definitively conquers all at this time of year. Art history’s love of Botticelli’s Birth of...

  • dailyart

    Titian’s The Death of Actaeon (Metamorphoses VIII)

    By January 13, 2020

    A whistle-stop tour of each of the seven Poesies, which the Renaissance master delivered Philip II of Spain in the 1550s and early 1560s, finally reaches it’s conclusion with Titian’s The Death of Actaeon. Revised style...

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