Phoebe Davies is a Welsh artist and researcher based at Somerset House Studios. Her practice investigates how people perceive their social framework, often working with and in response to individuals and communities, generating work through collaboration, collective action and DIT* strategies. Davies often finds herself referencing and exploring collaborative models of working across different social and cultural sectors, be that methods of organic farming, feminist organising or speculative fiction. For the last year, a key focus of her practice has been working within community sports settings, researching athletic methodologies, coaching and rehabilitation.
The final forms of Davies’s work are project dependent, and have included live performances, video, audio, print works and constructed social spaces. Recent projects have led her to work with sex educators, secondary school students, elderly residents in care homes, sports teams and DJs as well as art spaces and institutions, including Tate Britain and Tate Modern (London), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), Eastside Projects (Birmingham), Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridge), Steirischer Herbst (Graz, AUT), The Wellcome Collection (London), Praksis (Oslo, Norway), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland, USA) and SA-UK SEASONS (Johannesburg, ZA). She is also a recipient of the British Council Social Practice Fellowship Award, Inaugural Jerwood New Work Fund, and PICA’s Creative Exchange Lab Residency.
She currently co-facilitates three research groups: Bedfellows, a radical sex re-education research project; Synaptic Island, a London-based womxn and non-binary DJ collective; and Art is Action, a UK-based social practice research group. She also has an ongoing collaboration with the performer and choreographer Nandi Bhebhe, together they direct work as Bhebhe&Davies.
DIT* = Do It Together.