Artist Bio

Lorna Phillips grew up in Dumfries and Galloway. She graduated in sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art in 2021. Lorna received the Clason-Harvie Bursary for her graduate project, was awarded the Houliston Craft Award by Craft Scotland in 2022, exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries 2023 show, and was recently awarded the prestigious Glenfiddich Residency Prize. Lorna intends to continue developing her sculpture practice in Scotland, building upon her relationship to clay, craft, and the landscapes that surround her.

Artist Statement

Lorna Phillips’ research-based practice excavates traces of material culture and social history by journeying into the biographies of the land. Acts of collecting and re-distributing are led by an urge to discover the artist’s surroundings. The material of clay provides the path into the landscape and what it holds. Lorna intends to delve into the stories that certain places hold; within their communities and their long histories, and within the land itself, its formation. These stories are discovered through archaeology, heritage and geology. The sourcing of the materials that form the works, the physical journeys involved in this process are key to the artist’s practice. Lorna hopes to find an understanding of connection between people and place, forming expressions of the earth that supports us as being our inheritance and so our foundation, our beginning and our end.



First Class BA (Hons) Sculpture, The University of Edinburgh
(Including Erasmus exchange at Eesti Kunstiakadeemia, Tallinn)


Emerge, Upland, The Hollywood Trust and The Archie Sutter Watt Trust
Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award, Creative Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council
Glenfiddich Residency Award, William Grant and Sons
Houliston Craft Award, Craft Scotland
RSA New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy
Clason-Harvie Bursary, Edinburgh College of Art


Villa Sonnenberg (Switzerland) (upcoming)
Glenfiddich International Residency Programme (Scotland)


(Upcoming) 2024
Visual Arts Scotland Centenary Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Society of Scottish Artists 125th Annual Exhibition, The MacLaurin Art Gallery (Ayr, Scotland)
- Artists at Glenfiddich Second Exhibition, Glenfiddich Distillery Gallery (Dufftown, Scotland)
- Artists at Glenfiddich, Glenfiddich Distillery Gallery (Dufftown, Scotland)
- RSA New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh, Scotland)

- Embassy Annuale 2022, Embassy Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland)
- Modern Makers, Gracefield Arts Centre (Dumfries, Scotland)

- ECA Graduate Show 2021, Edinburgh College of Art (Edinburgh, Scotland)

- s03e02, Layerjeva hiša (Kranj, Slovenia)
- Space Jam, Reid Concert Hall (Edinburgh, Scotland)

- Something, anything, everything, nothing I think we made it?!, Raja Gallery (Tallinn, Estonia)
- 100 Cups (Solo Exhibition), Vent Space (Tallinn, Estonia)
- Kalle, ISFAG Gallery (Tallinn, Estonia)


Glenfiddich, William Grant and Sons Private Collection


Lorna Phillips CV.pdf


Phone: +44 7775808202
Instagram: lorna_.phillips

Lorna Phillips is an emerging artist, graduated in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art.
Living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Working primarily with the material of clay.

© Lorna Phillips 2023