Mr Barry Phipps

Subject History of Art
Fellow type Lecturers, Professors and College Officers
Year started 2008


Barry Phipps is a Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies in the History of Art at Churchill College. He is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of the History of Art and Director of Studies in the History of Art at Fitzwilliam College, Hughes Hall and Selwyn College.

Barry specialises in modern and contemporary art in relation to the sciences. He has a further research interest in the relationship between art and diplomacy. 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).

He is Curator of Art and Science at the Isaac Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, Director of Visual Art at the Møller Institute, as well as Curator of Works of Art and Keeper of the Plate at Churchill College.

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

He is also currently working on a major architectural project with Assemble, who won the Turner Prize in 2015.

College positions


Director of Studies in the History of Art


Undergraduate Tutor


Curator of Works of Art

The Curator of Works of Art at Churchill cares for and promotes engagement with the works in the College's art collection as well as organising temporary exhibitions, lectures and tours and administering new acquisitions and loans.


Postgraduate Tutor