Profile: Barry Phipps Director of Visual Art

Barry Phipps is Director of Visual Art at the Møller Centre, and a Fellow of Churchill College where he specialises in Modern and contemporary art, architecture and design.

Barry Phipps

Barry has a wide ranging academic background, which is rooted in Fine Art, and includes research in Continental Philosophy (Warwick), History of Art (Oxford) and the History and Philosophy of Architecture (Cambridge). He was the first Interdisciplinary Fellow at Kettle’s Yard, the contemporary art gallery of the University of Cambridge, where he conceived and organised a number of multi-disciplinary exhibitions, including the highly acclaimed ‘Lines of Enquiry: Thinking Through Drawing’ and ‘Beyond Measure: Conversations across Art and Science’ exhibitions. More recently, he curated ‘Intersections: Henry Moore and Stringed Surfaces’ at the Science Museum and Royal Society, London. In addition, Barry has devised and developed artist associate programmes at several scientific institutions in the UK. The latest project is working with and artist and architect at the London Mathematical Society – where he was also Executive Producer on a film about how mathematicians think.

As a curator, Barry has worked with artists at the forefront of contemporary visual art, amongst them a number of internationally renowned Danish photographers and painters including, Tal R and Per Bak Jensen. He continues to work with the galleries and foundations in Denmark, and has been a judge for the Danish Embassy Arts Prize for several years, which is an annual art competition for Danish Art and Art History students in the UK. The recipient of the prize is awarded the unique opportunity of exhibiting at the Royal Danish Embassy in London. He is responsible for bringing the winner of the 2014 prize, Ragna Mouritzen, to display her works at the Møller Centre, following a highly successful show at the Embassy.

Barry continues to lecture and write on Modern and contemporary art, architecture and design related topics.

His recent publications include:

  • How Modern Life is: 10 Years of European Photography, The European Commission, London, 2015.
  • ‘Wegner Comes to Cambridge’ in Hans J. Wegner. A Nordic Design Icon from Tønder published in Danish. Sønderjyllands Kunstmuseum, Tønder, Denmark 2014 – English version 2015.
  • Prosperous Mountain an essay on Svalbard, Norway, for a limited edition DVD by Heidi Morstang. Plymouth and Oslo, 2014.
  • ‘Play or Get Played’ in Gaming Gaming. New Shelter Plan, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014.
  • Signs in the World: New Danish Photography’ in Next Level: Copenhagen Edition. London, 2013/4.

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