Phil Rushworth is a contemporary art producer based in Plymouth, UK, with a particular focus on rural audiences and contexts. She enjoys work that brings people together to share interesting ideas with time-based media, participation and conviviality.
For the past 10 years she has produced a variety of projects across Cornwall and Devon, including The Penzance Convention and several editions of The Cornwall Workshop for CAST and the community focused It’s All About the River film festival for the River Tamar Project in 2014. Her curated projects include devising the Confluence art programme for Falmouth University and the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in 2013 and co-directing 24hr Comic etc. in 2011.
Most recently, from 2015-2018, she worked as producer for the development of the Atlantic Project, a pilot for a biennial style festival for the South West. Phil is a founding director of Flock South West CIC, a new contemporary art production agency.
Phil has worked with a range of local and international artists, including Thompson and Craighead, Uriel Orlow, Nilbar Gures and Tommy Støckel.
IN THE COMPANY OF INSECTS
A collection of poetry sound pieces split into three parts; Bioluminescent Baby, Insect Love Songs and Insect Chimeras, including new poems by Fiona Benson paired with conversations with scientists, academics and experts as well as a selection of poems written and read by children and workshop participants.
Developed in collaboration with Mair Bosworth and Eliza Lomas. Commissioned by Arts and Culture at University of Exeter.
Produced by Phil Rushworth as part of Flock South West.
An artist led moving image screening project with a broadly decolonial perspective, taking place at art spaces and community venues in Plymouth.
Developed by Marcy Saude. Supported by the Mayflower 400 Culture Fund and Arts Council England.
THE ATLANTIC PROJECT: AFTER THE FUTURE
A pilot for a new international festival of contemporary art, taking place in public contexts and outdoor locations across Plymouth, UK.
Including new commissions by: Ursula Biemann, Nilbar Gures, Kiljuanji Kia Henda, Carl Slater, Tommy Støckel.
Curated by Tom Trevor and presented in partnership with the University of Plymouth and The Box
THE CORNWALL WORKSHOP
A week long residential workshop at Kestle Barton, Cornwall.
2016 edition led by Ben Rivers. Convened by Teresa Gleadowe in partnership with LUX
2013 edition led by Simon Starling and Hamish Fulton
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE RIVER
An ambitious film festival spanning the tidal reach of the River Tamar, which aimed to explore the historical and future connections of local and international communities with the river through contemporary art, classic cinema and experimental film.
Including new commissions by John Akomfrah, Richard Allman, Mikhail Karikis, Melanie Manchot, Uriel Orlow Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore, Mark Vernon.
Curated by Paula Orrell for the River Tamar Project in partnership with the University of Plymouth
Confluence is a public programme of site-specific art that reflects the diverse range of academic disciplines offered by the University of Exeter and Falmouth University at Cornwall's flagship university campus. For it’s first year Confluence 2013 presented a curated programme of installations and interventions across the Penryn Campus that explore relationships between art, technology and the physical environment.
Featuring work by: Jamie Allen and Will Scrimshaw, Alex Murdin, Stanza, Thomson & Craighead,
THE PENZANCE CONVENTION
A three day conference of presentations, discussion and field trips focusing on the theme of Extraction.
Convened by Teresa Gleadowe and Hadrian Piggot at The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall in partnership with Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange
24HR COMIC ETC.
A series of three durational community arts events across North Cornwall. Each event invited a group of artists to create a twenty four part piece of work about the local area in just twenty four hours.
Co-directed with Tom Sharpe at Wadebridge Town Hall, Eden Project and the Liskarrett Centre, Liskeard, Cornwall
THE FALMOUTH CONVENTION
A three day conference focusing on time and place in relations to contemporary art and responding to Cornwall and similar rural contexts.
Convened by Teresa Gleadowe at Woodlane Campus, Falmouth University
An exhibition exploring notions of story-telling, cultural identity, time and tradition in response to the family motto and legacy of historical St Ives mayor, John Knill.
Including: Oliver Braid, BridA (Sendi Mango, Tom Kersevan, Jurij Pavlica), Anne Haycock, Rita Heck, Anna Howarth, Doug Jones, Hayley Lock, Ally Mellor, Randy Richmond, Therese Sunngren, Lois Wild, Charlotte Young.
Co-curated with Sally Noall at Knill House, an empty shop in St Ives, Cornwall
...AND ALL THE DIFFERENT VARIETIES
New work by three artists with a collecting impulse, exhibited alongside their personal collections. An experimental exhibition that aimed to offer a different insight into artist practice.
Work by and collections of: Sally Noall, Richard Rooks and Lois Wild
Bleakly despairing to blackly humorous geographical and psychological landscapes explored through a range of contemporary art.
Work by: Jane Bailey, Sarah Bunker, Paul Chaney, Joe Doldon, Andy Harper, Ally Mellor, Kate Parsons, Alison Sharkey, Lucy Willow, Zierle & Carter.
Co-curated with Rebecca Darch, Ruth Gooding and Jeni Frasier at Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall.
Three interdisciplinary projects commissioned by Arts and Culture at University or Exeter to respond to the theme of Urgency.
New commissions by: Catherine Cartwright,Joumana Mourad of IJAD Dance Company and Fiona Benson and Mair Bosworth.
Produced by Phil Rushworth as part of Flock South West.