Phil Healey is the Head of Department for Visual Arts in the School of Art and Design at Middlesex University.
The programmes which are part of the Visual Arts Department are popular, academically successful and many win national and international awards, such the Royal Society of Arts, Design and Art Direction Awards and the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. Phil made a significant contribution to the planning and implementation of the successful move of Art, Design and Media to the state-of-the-art £80 million Grove building on the central University campus in September 2011.
In his academic career Phil has taught at The School of Communication Arts in London, Newcastle, Reading and Kent Institute of Art and Design. He has been an External Examiner for UCA and LCC for postgraduate programmes in Graphic Design and Visual Communication.
Phil has extensive experience in the Creative Industries at the highest level, working in Graphic Design, Illustration and Publishing. He has won a number of prestigious awards including Silver Award at the 69th Typographers International Association Typographic Excellence Awards in New York, Design and Art Direction Association of Great Britain: Silver Award for Cinema Advertising, Creative Circle Advertising Awards: Bronze Award, BAFTA Awards: 2nd place, British Book Awards, 2nd place in Book Jacket of the Year and D&AD Tutors Awards. He has worked for a range of design consultants including Allied International Designers, The Small Back Room, Fitch, Wolf Ollins and Planet X for clients including BBC, Channel 4, Bloomsbury, Virgin, London Transport, BP, The Guardian, Fourth Estate, New Socialist, Dorling Kindersley, Pavilion, Ally Capellino, Marks and Spencer, Bankers Trust, Orange and Natwest.
Phil Healey and Rick Glanvil are credited with creating the term 'Urban Myths', for 'friend of a friend' stories, which is now in daily use. They wrote the best selling Urban Myths books (6 titles) and the popular Urban Myths column in the Guardian, which ran for 6 years. There are 2 further books now in a second edition, which are part of the National Curriculum.
Phil has appeared on Radio and Television on many occasions including Good Morning with Richard and Judy, Radio 1 with Mark and Lard, Schofields Quest, Radio 4 with Emma Freud, Steve Wright in the Afternoon Radio 2, Panorama (LTV) and was part of the winning Middlesex University staff team on The Third Degree: Quiz on Radio 4.
Phil's research work is in the field of Urban documentary photography. Phil's most recent solo exhibition entitled "Forgotten Memories of Things That Never Were" took place at The Underground Gallery in Central London in February 2013. This was followed by work exhibited in a group show, titled :The Bigger Picture" which explored different directions in contemporary photography, again in central London. Phil is currently working on a project documenting, and commenting upon the economics collapse of the High Street, titled "Shopocalypse" which will be exhibited in March 2014.
Healey, Phil and Hansen, Susan (2016) Art on the streets: creative responses to the urban environment. In: Art on the Streets: Creative Responses to the Urban Environment, 10 Oct 2016, Institute of Contemporary Art, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH.
Hansen, Susan and Healey, Phil (2016) Seeing the inside out: capturing a late capitalist dream. In: Seeing the Outside in: Shopping Centres and Spectacle. Allmark, P. , ed. Edith Cowan University, Australia. ISBN 9780994550262