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PROFILE: Barry Phipps, Curator of Art and Science

Barry Phipps is Curator of Art and Science at the Isaac Newton Institute. He is a Fellow, Tutor, and Director of Studies in the History of Art at Churchill College. He specialises in Modern and contemporary art in relation to the sciences.

Barry was the first Interdisciplinary Fellow at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, where he conceived and organised a number of inter-disciplinary exhibitions, including the highly acclaimed Beyond Measure: Conversations across Art and Science. The exhibition – with its associated workshops, talks and events – explored how geometry is used by artists and astronomers, bio-chemists, engineers, surgeons, architects, physicists and mathematicians as a means to understand, explain and order the world around us. Over sixty works were included by artists such as Richard Deacon, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Robert Morris, David Nash, Conrad Shawcross and others.

More recently, he curated the INI’s 20th Anniversary exhibition, Intersections: Henry Moore and Stringed Surfaces at the Science Museum and Royal Society, London. Barry also curated There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres: Conversations across art and mathematics at Peninsula Arts, Plymouth. The show was based on the outcomes of the 150th Anniversary Associate Artists scheme at the London Mathematical Society, which he had conceived and organised, by bringing together artists and mathematicians into creative collaborations.

In addition, he has curated exhibitions at a range of leading galleries, museums and science institutes, as well as devising and developing international artist associate programmes.

University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons