Limerick, Ireland
Poster 3, Are you being observed? Image description: Black and white photograph of a woman with a hairstyle reminiscent of the 1980s, lying in a single bed and smoking. She lies flat and her gaze is on the cigarette in her hand. The sheets are textured flannelette and the bedspread, wallpaper and curtains have clashing checked and floral patterns. A black text box near the bottom of the photo has the words “Are you being observed?” printed in green. Photographic image, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA, Camerawork Derry.

It’s not for you we did it

We are delighted to present a print folio of posters by Ciara Phillips, available to purchase. The edition follows the online project, It’s not for you we did it, developed by Sara Greavu and Ciara Phillips for Phase 1 of the 39th EVA International.

Available exclusively via EVA International in an edition of 100 copies, priced at €125 + postage and packing. 

It’s not for you we did it began through an interest in the work of Derry Film and Video Workshop. Established in Derry in 1983 and operating until 1989, this feminist, anti-imperialist film collective produced a number of films including Stop Strip Searching, Planning, Mother Ireland and Hush-a-Bye Baby as well as enacting various forms of community cultural education. It’s not for you we did it took the form of dossiers of interviews/texts, images and posters produced and assembled by curator Sara Greavu and artist Ciara Phillips. It was presented on EVA International’s Little did they know online platform. These dossiers document the process of researching Derry Film and Video Workshop with former members of the collective and the broader community, mapping the complex web of relationships and conditions that fostered its formation.

The five posters in this collection, designed by Ciara Phillips using photographs from the community photography project, Camerawork Derry which was active around the same time as Derry Film and Video Workshop. They are A3 risograph prints, produced by the Derry Print Workshop, a community print-shop in Derry City. Available in a limited edition of 100, presented in a folio with a certificate including additional information about the project. Please email for further information and orders. All proceeds of sale will support the work of Derry Print Workshop.

Ciara Phillips is an Irish and Canadian artist that has exhibited widely in public galleries and museums in the UK and internationally. Phillips has been artist-in-residence at Trykkeriet, Bergen, Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin County California, St. John’s College, Oxford, and at Drawing Room, London. In 2014 her long-term artwork Workshop (2010 – Ongoing) was nominated for the Turner Prize. Recent exhibitions of Phillips’ work have been staged at: Kunsthall Stavanger; V&A Dundee; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; Benaki Museum, Athens; Bergen Kunsthall; TATE Britain, London; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; CCA Derry~Londonderry; Western Front, Vancouver; Konsthall C, Stockholm and The Showroom, London.

Sara Greavu is the Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre, Dublin and an independent researcher, writer and organiser. Previous curatorial and development roles include Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry, VOID, and Outburst Arts, Belfast and independent projects with various grassroots cultural groups like the Museum of Free Derry. IIn CCA, Greavu initiated the two-year Esmée Fairbairn residency programme, Our Neighbourhood, that engaged with local communities of place and communities of interest, alongside artists Sarah Pierce and Sarah Browne. Greavu’s Independent projects have included Knowledge is Made Here, an alternative pedagogical project for young people produced in partnership with the artist Andrea Francke.  She has a PhD from Ulster University and an MA in Curatorial Practice from the University of Bergen.