Justy Phillips and James Newitt

Justy Phillips, Artist


Phillips is a Hobart-based artist and lecturer at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania. Phillips moved to Tasmania from England in 2003, where she co-founded the design partnership girlsinflight and spent several years teaching graphic design in institutions such as the London College of Communication, University of Brighton and Kent Institute of Art & Design. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Justy continues to explore ideas through expecting good weather, a multi-disciplinary arts practice she established in 2004. Research Interests: A passion for the printed word has led Phillips into explorations in graphic authorship, self-publishing, typography in public spaces and design responsibility. In a twice yearly publication called spacer, Phillips has investigated many subjects including ' designs for life', memory, loss, the suicide of graphic design and 'twenty-six one day projects to help you change the world'. Current research interests include the development of Typotastic Australia's first publication dedicated to the critical writings on typography, and also, billboard advertising, exploring notions of 'hope' and the relationship between the built environment and sound. Phillips works across a range of media including video, sound, print and three-dimensional installation.

James Newitt, Artist


Some Other Place (part a) Video installation, Installation view , 2005

James Newitt was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1981, in 2003 he received an Australian Post-Graduate Award, enabling him to study towards a PhD at the Tasmanian School of Art. James has previously worked as a graphic designer where he developed a hybrid practice which crosses fine art and design, often collaborating with other artists, designers and architects. Within his practice James has conceptualised and directed video projects, large-scale public works, and curated contemporary art and music events.

 James has exhibited at the Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, 2006; the Perth Institute for Contemporary Art, 2003; the Devonport Regional Gallery, 2004; the Long Gallery, Hobart, 2004; the Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, 2004; INFLIGHT art, Hobart, 2005 ; and as part of Young Designer’s Month 2003, 2004 and 2005. 

James lectures in visual communication at the Tasmanian School of Art, and is a founding member and current director of INFLIGHT art, Tasmania’s only artist run initiative