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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

    The Louvre Pyramid and 5 Other Art Museums Designed by Ieoh Ming Pei

    By September 21, 2020

    Ioh Ming Pei (貝聿銘) (1917-2019) was a Chinese American modernist architect with international acclaim. Exciting for art history fans, many of Pei’s buildings are art museums. This means you can visit the architecture and the artworks all in one...

  • 21st century

    Artist Interview: Anita Yan Wong and Lingnan Painting

    By August 19, 2020

    Lingnan style guo hua is an early 19th century style of Chinese painting, from Lingnan in the Southern region of China. Its origins are a revolutionary mix of new knowledge from both Japanese painting and Western art....

  • Ancient Greece

    Timeless Beauty: Ancient Greek Athletes in Art

    By July 25, 2020

    The idea of timeless beauty is fascinating. Also, it’s a great concern for lovers of art history. Conceptions of beauty in Western art history have many roots in the ancient Greek athlete. This is partly due...

  • Art State of Mind

    Football in Art and Art in Football

    By July 24, 2020

    Art History and Football are not commonly linked together. However football is a beloved and reflective part of culture. Firstly, artists choose to contemplate football to show their love for the beautiful game. Secondly, the art...

  • 21st century

    Artist Interview: Introducing Lauren Baker

    By July 21, 2020

    Lauren Baker (b. 1982) is an established multi-disciplinary artist based in London who creates significant, large-scale installations. Her work explores the human connection and the expansiveness of the universe. We asked Lauren about her art and inspiration! Overall...

  • 21st century

    How to Start Living off Art: An Interview with Illustrator Cait Mack

    By July 18, 2020

    Cait Mack is an illustrator, climber, and mountain lover based in Bristol in the UK. She is an artist who creates vibrant and unique paintings and is starting out on making a living from her art....

  • 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...

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