Philip Sanderson

Tapestry Subject Tutor and Studio Leader

Philip is Studio Leader of the West Dean Tapestry Studio and is a Subject Tutor on the MFA in Fine Art. He is also the Tutor for the Tapestry Foundation Diploma, a short course tutor at the College and a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. 

Philip trained at Middlesex Polytechnic and The Royal College of Art before joining the West Dean Tapestry Studio in 1993. During his time at West Dean College, Philip has translated the work of several artists into large-scale tapestries including Marta Rogoyska, John Hubbard, Tracy Emin, and Eva Rothschild. He has also designed and woven tapestries for a variety of spaces including The Surrey History Centre, Woking, Portcullis House, Chelmsford Cathedral and Mercers Hall.

Philip also has his own studio practice. Recent exhibitions have included Here and Now in 2017/18 -  “the first major curated exhibition of contemporary tapestry in England for over 20 years”, and he has been shortlisted three times for the Cordis Trust Prize for Tapestry at the Scottish Royal Academy and Inverleith House, Edinburgh.

Research interests

17th-Century Verdure Tapestry

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