BOZ PHILLIPS: COMMUNITY
ARTS-HEALTH PRACTITIONER 1999-2022
M.A Arts-Health (dist)
Boz Phillips: B.A (hons) Fine Art – Time based media
I am co- founder, treasurer and ‘fund finder’ for Last Legs.
I am an arts health professional working with community members since 1999
Last Legs currently works in support of people in the homeless and recovery community and with isolated and hard to reach individuals.
I have a current enhanced DBS and public liability insurance.
I am an Arts Awards Adviser and have a City and Guilds in teaching.
My background is in community support of people with disabilities prior to returning to education in 1999.
I facilitate the art making of people in the community, while continuing my fine art practice.
2013 Fantasy animal made from recycled materials based on a design drawn by schoolchildren for ‘Dr Evoes Pet Shop’ Central Drive Blackpool 2013
Design by schoolchildren Revoe Academy art work by Boz Phillips 2013
I have experience of working in partnership with organisations such as Empowerment, Horizon Blackpool, The Grange Blackpool, Urban Arts Studio St Annes, Age Concern UK, Connexions, Homestart, New Revoe Residents Association, Revoe-Lution Blackpool, Blackpool Borough Council, Young carers, Streetlife, Fylde Youth Service, Blackpool Art Of Recovery and Blackpool Club to Go : delivering, and facilitating numerous community arts and digital media workshops since 1999.
I continue to collaborate with a number of local artists, musicians, organisations and individuals to create digital and non digital art works. My art works, jewellery and video productions, have been exhibited online, in local galleries, and local shops over the last 15 years. I have also directed and been involved with a number of short films and online music and television productions.
I currently work as a freelance facilitator for Empowerment Blackpool.
From 2016- 2018 I was the ‘artist in residence at Ibbison Community Center where I was instrumental in setting up ‘Hand Made Un’s’ Community art group.
I am currently working with 5 homeless hostels in Blackpool, funded by BCH on project – ‘Home is where your heArt is’ and previously ‘Onwards and Upwards’. projects devised and delivered by Last Legs after our successful ‘Art Buddies’ project 2017-2019. In 2017 we were nominated for a BCH community award for Art Buddies.
Projects I have recently led include – a mosaic to celebrate Revoe and commemorate important buildings, a poster project for Blackpool Art service, Horizon ‘Freedom Clock’ art work in conjunction with Grange Park Residents and the recovery community. I have worked in partnership with Lee Fitzgerald on both these projects. As Last Legs we have received funding for a number of project in the Blackpool Central / Revoe areas. Working with community members of all ages. Our most recently successful devised, delivered and funded project is ‘Home is where your heART is’ – going to hostels across Blackpool to support creative interventions and make art works for new homes during time in the hostel stay: involving creative activities such as poetry and art canvases. This project is ongoing.
2006 Video stills from two videos produced for the Grundy Art Gallery.
In 2006 I worked with two Blackpool schools to produce two videos based on the work of Yuji Watabe who’s video work was on display at the Grundy Art Gallery.
Boz Phillips 2006
• Designing and delivering projects and workshops: working with community groups to create art works
Big Spider made from gloves from a design drawn by schoolchildren for Dr Evoes Pet Shop
Boz Phillips 2013
• Creating and installing art works in shop windows
Bird lady in cage 2012
• Art film production skills – costume, set design etc
• Curating and organising multi-media, art projects.
• Planning and carrying out health, safety and risk assessments.
• Evaluating and giving feedback on project outcomes
• Organising, networking and collaborating with other artists and work colleagues
• Producing measurable, quality outcomes from projects and activities
• An understanding and experience of multi agency working practices.
• Research skills.
• Identifying and receiving funding
• Budgeting and planning project expenditure
• Directing, filming and creating short films and experimental video
• Teaching (self employed tutor) Blackpool Borough Council adult Learning services
Organising ‘Hand Grown Un’s’ Community Art Club @ Ibbsion Community Center Blackpool
2013 – Dr Evoe (transformed mouse). Made for Dr Evoes Pet Shop
Boz Phillips 2013
Current Fine Art practice
Painting and mixed media art work.
Creating mixed media art works that reflect my interest in genetics, the human condition and simulacra theory.
Collage with vintage printing blocks
Printmaking and bookmaking
Fine art work using recycled and vintage materials
Research into turn of the century ‘performers in plumage’
Further education/ training
M.A Arts-Health (distinction) 2006
B.A (hons) Fine Art 2003
Diploma in Figure and Portrait (dist) 2010
Film making course with First Take 2009
Scratch to Screen film making course 2008
Arts Awards Advisor course (Arts Council) 2007)
Diverse Lives- Distinct Voices 2007
Arts in Youth Justice Settings 2005 (The National Training Consortium for Arts in Criminal Justice Settings)
City and Guilds/NVQ 730-7/6 Teaching Certificate 1999
City and Guilds Community Care Practice 1992
City and Guilds Hairdressing 1984
Publications including my work
Marking the Martyrs – Blott Art Studio publication 2019.
The History of Blott 2018
Be the ‘Banana Skin’ a feminist exhibition 2016 online catalogue
Blackpool Culture Shops – Nov 2012
‘We can Fly’ – March 2012 A storybook with photos from the Birdies Trail art project working with writer Chris Culshaw, NADFAS and Homestart St Annes
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Chris Culshaw 2012
One of the clues posted in local shops. Image of young person in bird costume made during the ‘birdies Trail’ project for the book ‘We Can Fly’ – created by Chris Culshaw. I worked with families to make costumes and masks that formed the images to accompany stories in the book.
‘Fish-box’ – screen printed limited edition book Spring 2008 (Red Fox Press)
‘Getting Our Heads Together’ – A book documenting the recorded experiences of people coping with mental health: June 23rd 2006
Pavilion Cafe, Ashton Gardens, St Annes-On-Sea 2017
@ Urban Arts Studio – St Annes Lancashire February 2016
@ Blott Art Studio – ‘be The Banana Skin’ – Feminist Art Exhibition March 2016
Since 2000 I have produced directed and been commissioned to make a number of short films and DVD productions
Video still from ‘Short History of the Illuminations’ 2006
Boz Phillips 2006
Photograph of participants of the ‘My Place’ video made to celebrate the opening of the ‘Oracle’ building in Blackpool. Working with Blackpools dance officer and UDP.
Boz Phillips 2012