Phip Murray


PHIP MURRAY is an independent writer and curator and History/Theory Coordinator for RMIT’s Interior Design program in the School of Architecture + Design. Previous roles include Director of West Space (2008-12) and Visual Arts/New Media Associate Producer for the Next Wave Festival (2006).

Phip writes often about art, including catalogue texts, artist profiles and other art criticism. She also writes frequently for the National Gallery of Victoria including the books: Frederick McCubbin: The North wind (2015), a book exploring new research into one of McCubbin’s most iconic but mysterious history paintings; Loti Smorgon: A Life With Art (2015), a profile of the art collector, philanthropist and great advocate for Australian contemporary art; and The NGV Story (2011), a history of the NGV published on the occasion of the NGV’s 150th anniversary.

Phip is also Chair of un Projects, publisher of un Magazine, an independent contemporary art publication that responds to projects particularly in the independent and artist-led spaces and which fosters an experimental approach to writing about art.

Phip is currently researching the highly expressionistic and idiosyncratic art criticism of the Melbourne-based colonial writer Marcus Clarke, who brought bunyips into the NGV.