MoMA Wales ‘Legend’

“The Palermo Dress” has been selected for inclusion in this exhibition which is running from 8th July to 31st August at MoMA Wales, Machynlleth.



(From MoMA Machynlleth)


Philippa Robbins was born in London in 1964 and lives in South Wales. She works variously and with great skill in painting, drawing, photography and textiles. She studied Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art after bringing up her two children, since when her work has received accolades in the Discerning Eye and the Royal West of England Academy and has been selected for the Hunting Art Prize and the BP Portrait Award. She has had three solo exhibitions since 2013 at the Art Shop, Abergavenny.
Flock is the largest work Philippa has produced so far. It consists of 300 sculptures laid out to form a single installation. The project evolved from an artist’s residency on a construction site at Stormy Castle in Gower (Loyn & Co, winner of the RIBA Manser Medal 2014). While painting the site in flux she found a discarded steel tie for concrete shuttering and the shape’s resemblance to a bird made her want to explore its potential. She experimented over the next three years, eventually setting 200 ties in wood and 100 in concrete. Each piece has a subtly different character owing to the previous use of the steel and the weathering of the blocks. The installation connects with earlier themes concerned with the untidy edges of the urban landscape and with magical thinking and transformation.
An illustrated catalogue produced for the exhibition is available from reception.
The limited-edition multiples in Flock are available individually for £195. A reduction of 20% is offered on groups of 5, and of 30% on groups of 10.







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2019  (solo) January, Art Shop and Chapel, Abergavenny.

2018 Vis-à-Vis Oriel-Y-Bont USW Trefforest.

Gallery At Home curated by Sonia Pang.  August – September

Hedgerows and Gardens Summer Show,  Art Shop and Chapel 23rd June – 18th August

(Solo) Flock, MoMA, Wales until March 10th

2017 RWA 165th Open Exhibition October 1st to December 3rd

Competition Exhibition ‘Legend’ MoMA Wales to 31st August

(Solo) Carapace, The Art Shop and Chapel, Abergavenny

(Solo) Flock, MoMA, Wales

2016 Triforium Exhibiton, Triforium, Temple Church, London.

(Solo) Waterloo Tea Rooms, Wyndham Arcade, Cardiff April 4th – May 3rd

(Solo) Washington Tea Rooms, Penarth, April 4th – May 3rd

(Solo) Waterloo Gardens, Penylan March 7th – April 4th

2015 (Solo) Time and Place, The Art Shop and Chapel, Abergavenny

A Winter Wildness, The Art Shop, Abergavenny

2014 Open Books, an exhibition of artists’ folding books.  Beginning in November 2013 in Hangzhou, China, the exhibition toured to Hong Kong and Australia in 2014.

The Winter Show, The Art Shop, Abergavenny.

2013 (Solo) Magical Thinking, The Art Shop, Abergavenny

The Long Winter Show, The Art Shop, Abergavenny

Open Books, an exhibition of artists’ folding books.  Beginning in November 2013 in Hangzhou, China, the exhibition toured to Hong Kong and Australia in 2014.

2011 Art for Children, MoMA Wales, Machynlleth.

2010 University of Glamorgan Art Purchase Prize  (Female Wales)
Oriel y Bont, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd.

University of Glamorgan Art Purchase Prize 2010 (Female Wales)
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Kings Road Artists Show, The Old Library, The Hayes, Cardiff.
Welsh Artist of the Year, St David’s Hall, Cardiff

2009 Drawn In, Sidcot Arts Centre, Winscombe, North Somerset

2008 RWA 156th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Artist of Fame and Promise, Beaux Arts, Bath, Bath

Final Show Down, Garej Art Space, Cardiff

2007 Broken Headlight, Garej, Kings Road Studios, Pontcanna, Cardiff

Autumn Show, Gallery Redbill, Shotton

Summer Exhibition, Attic Gallery, Swansea

Undo, Centrespace Gallery, Leonard Lane, Bristol, Bristol

Artists of Fame and Promise, Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath

London Art Fair / Victor Felix Gallery, London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London

2006 Winter Group Exhibition 2006-2007, Attic Gallery, Swansea

Where We’re @, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff

Winter Show, Gallery Redbill, Shotton

Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Summer Show, Attic Gallery, Swansea

Summer Exhibition, RA, London

Mystery Postcards, National Portrait Gallery, London

2005 Washington Art Gallery, Penarth

Face Value, Chelsea Art Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Drawing Out the City, Bay Art, Cardiff

153 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Medical Edge, EuroArt, London

Summer Show, Royal Academy, London

Absence, Menier Gallery, London

Hunting Arts Prizes, Royal College of Art, London

Sense and Sensuality, BlindArt Inaugural Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London

2004 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

152 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London

Competitions, prizes and awards

Outstanding regional Entry, Discerning Eye 2004 , London

First Prize (Painting), RWA Autumn Exhibition 2004 , Bristol

Waterloo Tea Rooms

From 8th March to 3rd April I will be showing work at the Waterloo Gardens Tea House, Penylan, Cardiff and then from 4th April to 2nd May at Waterloo Tea, Wyndham Arcade, Cardiff.

The Christening Dress

Time and Place: The Paintings

All works are on 30 cm x 30 cm Khadi paper. Khadi paper is a hand-made paper made in India from cotton rag. The irregularity, the deckel edge and non-uniform colour are all characteristics of this robust paper. The paper is primed with gesso and painted with acrylic paint. They are framed in 50 cm x 50 cm dark grey, glazed, box frames.


Bat House 2013

Stormy Castle

Stormy Castle Junction Box  2013


Mesh  2013


Wires  2013


String  2013


Step Shadow  2014


Doka Dervish 2  2014


Spool  2013


Snippings  2014


Slope  2014


Tree  2014


Shadow  2014


Timbers  2013


Stone and Mesh 2  2013


Stone and Mesh 1  2013


Rebar Shadows  2013


Rebars  2014


Raw Edge  2013


Post  2013


Pillar  2013


Elevation  2013


Chimney  2013


Mesh Shadow 3  2013

MeshDark Shadow

Mesh Shadow 2  2013


Mesh Shadow 1  2013


Tree Line  2013


Gaps  2013


Heras Shadow  2013


Scar  2013


Old Walls  2013


Doka Clamps  2013

Doka Birds

Doka Birds  2013


Doka Dervish 1  2013


Corrugated Roof  2013


Corner  2013


Gower Sky  2013


Mesh Fencing  2013


Block and Mesh  2013


Timbers 2 2013