Eleanor Philips works within a collaborative framework where outcomes are informed by the processes that take place through conversation, production and exploration with others. To each project she takes her belief in the democratising process of collaborative art, her skills as a facilitator and her love of using readily accessible materials and renewable resources to co-create new ways of looking at the world.
Past Projects have included Widow’s Conversation: honouring the experiences of grief within a culture of memorials, Belfast; Minceire, Our People – An Exploration of Them and Us: working with Travellers on the outskirts of Craigavon, Northern Ireland; Bureau of Enquiry: exploring power relations within homeless services, St. Louis, Missouri, USA; The Northsiders Museum: curating a space for free exchange of memory and art within a retail unit, Northsiders Shopping Centre, Dublin.
A founding member of Signal Arts Centre, Eleanor has been on the Board of Directors for over 25 years. Together with seven other artists she also founded Outpost Studios, Bray and is co-founder of pff publications with Rachel Fallon and Emma Finucane.
She has been commissioned and supported by Arts Council Ireland, CREATE, Wicklow County Council, Craigavon County Council, Bray Urban District Council, PEACE III Arts and Diversity Fund, Northern Ireland, Regional Arts Council St. Louis, USA and City Council Celje, Slovenia.
She has a BA Fine Art and H.Dip in Community Arts Education from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and an MA Art in Public from Ulster University, Belfast.