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Phyllis Mcgowan

Phyllis McGowan makes fictionalised autobiographical narratives which think alongside others in a citational practice to draw deeper meaning from domestic detail. She works across forms including film, sound and text in a diaristic style using her own thoughts, and experiences in her practice which draw from her interest and research in writers who are actively questioning the world and her background in community work.



2019-2023, MFA Distinction Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

2014-2018, First Class Honours Degree Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

2008 MA Screenwriting, screen Academy Scotland



Recent Exhibitions

Current New Contemporaries Camden Arts Centre, London

2023 New Contemporaries The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

2022 MFA show, Florence Street, Glasgow

2022 ‘MFA Interim Show’, Florence Street, Glasgow

2020  ’Redressing the Balance’ , The Lightbox, Woking

2018 ‘Ingram Contemporary Purchase Prize Finalist Exhibition’, Cello Factory, London

2018 ‘VAS Current’ , Tatha Gallery, Tayport

2018 ‘RSA  Open Exhibition’, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2018 ‘Changing Lenses: Glasgow Stories of Integration’,  CCA,  Glasgow

2018 ‘Within Half an Inch of a Yard ’, Pollok House, Glasgow

2018 ‘The Big Exhibition: ‘Cycle’  Intersections’,  GSA Feminist Society, Stereo, Glasgow

2018 ‘Pubic’,Stereo, Glasgow



Awards and Residencies

2023 Longlist Ivan Juritz Prize

2019 Residency Highland Campus,  Forres,  Glasgow School of Art

2019 Luminate Scotland Professional Development Bursary, Scotland

2019 Aesthetica Art Prize  (1st round)

2018 Ingram  Contemporary Purchase Prize




2024 Work on Conversation: A Social Process of Unknowing Yourself in Real Time Glasgow School of Art ‘Dear Christina’ and ‘Dear Kate’

2021 Causeway/Cabhsair Aberdeen University poems ‘Dalhousie Street’ and ‘In Synch’



Biography courtesy of the artist’s website.