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Barry Phipps

Barry  Phipps

Fellow and Curator of the Collections, Churchill College

Director of Studies in the History of Art at Churchill College

Modern and contemporary art; philosophy and art; artistic practice and scientific research


Barry Phipps is Director of Studies in the History of Art at Churchill College.

Barry specialises in modern and contemporary art, often in relation to the sciences. His academic background is rooted in Fine Art as an undergraduate and lecturer, with research degrees in Continental Philosophy (Warwick), History of Art (Oxford) and the History and Philosophy of Architecture (Cambridge). In keeping with this multi-disciplinary background, he has written and lectured on a broad range of topics; from postwar architecture to modern British sculpture, and from new Nordic art to contemporary European photography.

He was the first Interdisciplinary Fellow at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, where he conceived and organised a number of multi-disciplinary exhibitions, including Lines of Enquiry: Thinking Through Drawing and Beyond Measure: Conversations across Art and Science. Barry continues to curate shows by leading artists across galleries, museums and science institutes, for example Intersections: Henry Moore and Stringed Figures at the Science Museum and Royal Society, London. He has also developed international artist associate schemes, bringing artists and scientists together to collaborate on interdisciplinary

In his role as Curator of Works of Art at Churchill College, he is responsible for the college’s collection of artworks, which include paintings, sculptures and prints by Winston Churchill, Barbara Hepworth, Albert Irvin, Bridget Reilly, Gary Hume and Andy Warhol, amongst numerous others. As Director of Visual Art at the Møller Centre, Cambridge he is developing a major collection of contemporary Danish Art. And, as Curator of Art and Science at the Isaac Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge he works to develop the art collection through a programme of curated exhibitions, lectures and publications by artists, scientists and mathematicians.

Barry continues to write and lecture on contemporary art and visual culture. He is also currently working on a major architectural project with Assemble, who won the Turner Prize in 2015.