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Phyllida Barlow

Phyllida Barlow: set
 27 June – 18 October 2015

A major exhibition of new work made specially for The Fruitmarket Gallery by Phyllida Barlow, one of the international art world’s brightest stars. Born in Newcastle in 1944, and with a career spanning five decades, Barlow is known for monumental sculpture made from simple materials such as plywood, cardboard, fabric, plasterpaint and plastic. Physically impressive and materially insistent, her sculptures are inspired by the outside worldand with the experience of living and looking.

Barlow’s exhibition sets out, in her own words, to ‘turn the Gallery upside down’. A new series of large sculptures engulf The Fruitmarket Gallery in art, spilling from the upper gallery over the staircase and into the ground floor, enticing the visitor from the street and into a new world.

Phyllida Barlow Webfilm

Talks and Events

Artist’s Talk: Phyllida Barlow
An intimate walk around the exhibition with the artist.


Panel Discussion: Why Make?
Phyllida Barlow and fellow artists Kate Davis, Keith Wilson, Eric Bainbridge and curator Jon Wood (Henry Moore Institute) consider the actions and ideas behind making sculpture now and how they relate to other forms of art making.


Related items

Exhibition Poster

This poster was designed by The Fruitmarket Gallery to support the Phyllida Barlow exhibition which ran from 2 November 2012 – 13 January 2013.

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Exhibition DVD

This DVD features Phyllida Barlow in conversation about her first solo exhibition in Scotland which ran from 27 June – 18 October 2015 at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.


Fruitmarket Gallery Publication

A new monograph has been produced by The Fruitmarket Gallery to mark this exhibition, Phyllida Barlow: Sculpture 1963–2015, written by Frances Morris, Director of Collection, International Art at Tate. Reproducing many works never seen before, this major monograph illustrates more than 100 works, it is an indispensible resource on the practice of this important British sculptor, who continues to be lauded by artists and critics for her work, and for her influence on several generations of artists.