I divide my time between working at University and working in the studio or on site, on commissions and projects that have taken me to America, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic and Singapore amd more locally Derbyshire or Shropshire.

A member of AiR, AXIS, the research group Land 2, and a Fellow of the HEA.


2011 – Principal Lecturer Artist Designer: Maker, Cardiff School of Art & Design
2003 – 2011 Senior Lecturer Contemporary Textile Practice, Cardiff School of Art & Design
2013 – 2016 External Examiner Drawing and Applied Arts, UWE, Bristol
2004 – 2013 Associate Lecturer MA & BA Contemporary Art Practice, Plymouth University
2001 – 2003 Freelance Project Manager Wales Arts international and Artworks Wales
Working on Wales @ Venice Biennale and Cywaith Cymru’s Public Art Commissioning Programme


1991-1993 MA in Printmaking Royal College of Art

1987-1990 1st Class BA (Hons) Printmaking, Norwich School of Art

Awards and Commissions:

2015 Get Started Award, Cardiff Metropolitan university – to research the language of making of threatened Craft Industries
2013 -14 AiRx, Artists Exchange Residency and exhibition between Singapore and UK
Collaborative project through Singapore International Foundation and British Council, working with architect Randy Chan on a work for Singapore Botanic Gardens.
2013 SEED funding to research the textile industry in Bradford and Saltaire
Research and exhibition in which I studied the lost language and dying textile trade in Bradford.
2013 ‘Darning the Land: Sewn’, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury
Invitation to research the textile archive, design the carpet bed & a 470m planting of wild flowers.
2012 HEFCW SIP to develop links with Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury
2011 ‘Bound V-57’, Nature Unframed, Morton Arboretum
2011 ‘Darning the Land: Seam’, re-place main commission for Derbyshire
2011 ‘Barcode FB814’, Mortimer Forest, ACE Rural Commissioning Programme
2009-10 ‘Bound, Croft’, Tell it to the Trees, Croft Castle, Meadow Arts Commission
2008 Welsh Artist of the Year. St Davids Hall, Cardiff
2006 Production Grant for Solo Exhibition, Arts Council of Wales
2003 Commission for Explorations, National Botanic Garden of Wales
2003 Creative Wales Award. Arts Council of Wales
2000 Individual Artists’ Bursary, Arts Council of Wales
1998 Oppenheim John-Downes Memorial Award
1993 IBM Art in Technology Award
1992 Henry Moore Foundation Scholarship, Royal College of Art

Selected Exhibitions:

2014-5 Angles of Incidence Singapore Botanic Garden and Inner Temple, London
2014 A Million Trees for New York Grand Central Station and High Line, New York, USA
2014 Encounters at the Edge of the Forest University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
2013 Cloth & Memory {2} Salts Mill, Saltaire
2012 Sub-Woofer with Ancient and Modern curated by Sacha Waldron, Spike Island
2011-12 Bite-Size DAJF London, ‘GalleryGallery’, Kyoto, Nagoya University
2011 Nature Unframed Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
2010 Celebrating Paper Royal West Academy, Bristol
2010 From Within the Bungalow Pill, Bristol
Group show of 12 invited artists
2007-13 Spike Open Open Studios Spike Island, Bristol
2009 -10 Tell it to the Trees Croft Castle, Leominster
2008 Land Wales Millennium Centre
2008 Welsh Artist of the Year – Award St David’s Hall, Cardiff
2008 Through the Lens Royal Welsh Academy, Bristol
2006-7 Philippa Lawrence Oriel Davies, Newtown, Glynn Vivian, Swansea
2006 Sense in Place Site-ations. Reykjavik, Iceland
2005 Reiko Aoyagi & Philippa Lawrence House of Art, Cseke Budejovice, Czech Republic
2004 Anima B312, Montreal, Canada & G39, Cardiff, UK
2004 Mostyn Open 2004 Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno
2003 Explorations National Botanic Garden of Wales
2003 Insiders Oriel Davies and tour
2002 Like Gold Dust Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
2002 Ffresh 3 Chapter & G39, Cardiff
2001 Glow Glynn Vivian, Swansea
2001 Glow Art Space, Sydney, Australia
2000 In Our Hands ’5th International Soft Sculpture Exhibition’ Kyoto, Japan
2000 Purchase Prize (Visitors Choice), University of Glamorgan
1999 Not for Sale Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff
1996-8 Art Textiles 1 Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery & tour
1996-8 Revelation Maidstone Gallery & Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan