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Philip Bennetta is a UK artist, poet and psychologist who has lived and worked in Europe and South America. His poetry has appeared in a range of literary journals, anthologies and collections, with recent broadcasts on Radio România Cultural.

As an artist he works in subject sensitive media and often incorporates sound and text. He is passionate about the artists’ book and hand-sewn pamphlet; making these form part of a creative process. He enjoys collaborating with other artists, writers and musicians. He is married to the visual artist Susan Bennetta. Their home and studios are on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.

In the late sixties, he became attracted to an interdisciplinary approach to research, fine art and writing, which continues today and he writes:

my work is concerned with fragment, memory, folklore and place; encounter based on research, underlies my art practice. I like to work alone and actively seek opportunities for collaborative projects. My work is essentially poetic, inspired by E.E. Cummings, T.S. Eliot and Arte Povera.

EDUCATION

EXHIBITIONS

The Poetry Library Exhibition Collection Royal Festival Hall, London, 1994 to present
Insight Out group exhibition Canterbury, 1998
Festival of Arts annual exhibition Challock, 1999
Suburbia Plot 27 collaborative installation with Sue Bennetta, Canterbury, 1999
Open Studio joint exhibition Calvados, 2000
Open Studio joint exhibition Whitstable, 2000
Making Our Mark Fine Art Media Show, Herbert Read, Canterbury, KIAD , 2000,
Arts Foundation Sandwich, 2000
Poetics group exhibition, Georges House Gallery, Folkestone, 2001
Arts Foundation Sandwich, 2001
English Heritage Plato’s cave, installation Sandwich, 2001
Artists Open House Canterbury Festival Whitstable, 2001
‘Approaching and’ Albion Bookshop Canterbury, 2002
Festival of Arts Week St Mary Cornwall, 2003
Open Studio joint exhibition Cornwall, 2003
Open Studio joint exhibition Minnis Bay, 2004
Recent work joint exhibition, David Burley Gallery, Birchington, 2005
Arts Emergency Community Pharmacy Margate, 2005
Open Studio joint exhibition Vendee, France, 2007
Open Studio joint exhibitions Charente, France, 2008-2014
Group Show Gallerie La Rochefoucauld Charente, France 2014
Open Studio Cornwall Open Studios Pelynt, Looe, Cornwall 2016
Response to Place, National Trust joint residency, Net Loft Polperro, 2016
Looe Literary Festival Group pop up exhibition Looe, Cornwall, 2016
Small Faces Collaborative Work Solent, Southampton, 2017
Climate Change Collaborative Work Anchorage, Alaska, 2017
Cornish Studies Library collection Cornwall, 2017 to present
St Anthony Head National Trust residency, Cornwall, 2017
The Watch House, Dodman Point, National Trust joint residency, Cornwall, 2017
St Anthony Head National Trust joint residency, Cornwall, 2018

PUBLICATIONS

measures, University of Lancaster, from MA dissertation (1990)
get a dog and other poems, Community of Poets Press (1994)
get a life and other poems, Community of Poets Press  (1995)
The Scarpfoot Zone, an Anthology of Contemporary Poetry from Kent
Aegis Press (1996) edited by John Rice & David Shields
missing in soft focus, Community of Poets Press (1996)
fragments, another suburbia, Community of Poets Press (1999)
approaching and…, Oakwood Press Proof @ KIAD (2002)
no sign, Community of Poets & Artists Press (2004)
sound of absence, Community of Poets & Artists Press (2006)
Home By Different Ways, Community of Poets & Artists Press (2016)
coat peg world, Community of Poets & Artists Press (2016)
lines from the net loft, community of Poets & Artists Press (2017)

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
puzzle box, poem by post, with poet Michael Curtis (1998)
her face, poem by post, with poet Michael Curtis (1999)
neither i, poem by post, with artist Randal Cooke (2001)
earth & stone, poem by post, with artist Alan Young (2002)
l’arbre de Noël with artist Sue Bennetta, translated by Francesco Pantaleo (2009)
A sequence of poems by post, artist Cristina Vianu, translated by Lidia Vianu (2010)
forgotten place, poem by post, with artist Susan Bennetta (2010)
locating fern,poem by post, with artist Susan Bennetta (2011)
A sequence of 4 poems by post with Michael Curtis and artist Susan Bennetta (2012)
glittering loss, poem by post with artist Susan Bennetta (2013)
drawings we have lived, with artist Susan Bennetta (2014)
dread flight, poem by post, with artist Susan Bennetta (2016)
bluebells at St Anthony, poem by post, with artist Susan Bennetta (2018)

ARTISTS BOOKS
terra incognita 2000
monoprints whitstable (2000)
untitled woodcut book (2000)
untitled monoprint book (2000)
waiting (sonic art work with text) (2001)
approaching and … (2002)
monoprints minis bay( 2007)
untitled prints and poems, Montbron (2009)
drawings we have made, Montbron (2012)