Phillip Lai

Phillip works with objects and sculpture, exhibiting in London, Glasgow, Turin, Berlin and Hong Kong.

Staff details

Phillip Lai


Senior Lecturer in Fine Art (Studio Practice)




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Phillip Lai works with objects and sculpture.

Academic qualifications

  • 1993-94 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design
  • 1990-93 BA Fine Art (sculpture), Chelsea College of Art & Design


Phillip has been a lecturer at Goldsmiths since 2001 and currently teaches into BA Fine Art and BA Fine Art & History of Art.

Professional projects

His solo exhibitions include The Showroom, Camden Arts Centre, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London and Transmission, Glasgow, as well as internationally at Galleria Franco Noero in Turin, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch in Berlin and Edouard Malingue in Hong Kong. His work has also been a part of group exhibitions at ICA London, CCA Glasgow, Nottingham Contemporary amongst others.

In 2017 he was selected for the Kenneth Armitage Fellowship and in 2018 was nominated for the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture.

Publications and research outputs


Lai, Phillip. 2023. For Caution (Hong Kong 2023). In: "For Caution", Kiang Malingue, Hong Kong, 9 December 2023 - 27 January 2024.

Lai, Phillip. 2022. Phillip Lai: group exhibition (Vienna, 2022). In: "Water Being Washed Away", Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna, Austria, 10 September - 22 October 2022.

Lai, Phillip. 2022. Phillip Lai: group exhibition (London, 2022). In: "Testament", Goldsmiths CCA, London, United Kingdom, 21 January - 3 April 2022.

Exhibition Catalogue

Lai, Phillip. 1997. Phillip Lai, The Showroom.

Artist's Book

Lai, Phillip. 2022. Phillip Lai monograph (2022).

Conference or Workshop Item

Lai, Phillip. 2006. 'Public lecture - Artists Lecture Series'. In: Artists Lecture Series, Arnolfini. Bristol, United Kingdom.

Lai, Phillip. 2001. 'Guest speaker at Li Yuan Chia exhibition talk'. In: Li Yuan Chia exhibition talk. Camden Arts Centre / London, United Kingdom.

Book Section

Lai, Phillip. 1999. Contribution to Bent Aura. In: , ed. Bent aura (STOPSTOP). STOPSTOP. ISBN 978-1902052014

Professional Activity

Lai, Phillip. 1998. Guest advisor to London Arts (formerly London Arts Board).

Lai, Phillip. Kenneth Armitage Foundation Fellowship.