Phip Murray is the History/Theory Coordinator of RMIT's Interior Design program in the School of Architecture and Design.She also coordinates a Seminar Series/Professional Practice Program for Master of Fine Arts candidates in RMIT's School of Art. In 2014, with Dr Suzie Attiwill, Phip convened the conference 'SITUATION', an international gathering of interior design practitioners and keynote speakers, which considered the interior in its temporal as well as spatial aspects.
Alongside her academic career, Phip is an independent arts writer and curator. As well as catalogue texts and arts journalism, Phip writes frequently for the NGV. This has included books such as The NGV Story, a history of the NGV published on the NGV's 150th anniversary; Loti Smorgon: A Life with Art, a profile of the philanthropist and collector; and Frederick McCubbin: The North Wind, which considered McCubbin's contribution to Australian Impressionism in light of new conservation discoveries. Phip also works as a freelance scriptwriter. Projects for the NGV include the film presented in the 'Van Gogh & the Seasons' exhibition and the scripts for more than ten podcasts/multimedia tours for major exhibitions such as 'Salvador Dali: Liquid Desire' and 'Edgar Degas: A New Vision'.
Phip also has a background in curating and arts management. Past positions include Director of West Space (2008–2012) and Associate Producer of Visual Arts/New Media for the Next Wave Festival (2006–2008). In 2013, she curated 'Good Looking', an exhibition of portraits from the City of Melbourne's Arts & Heritage collection, and also (with Brad Haylock and Rosemary Forde) the exhibition 'un Retrospective', a breakout exhibition for 'Melbourne Now' at NGV Australia. At West Space, she was particularly interested in time-based and interdisciplinary art practice, which is reflected in curatorial projects such as 'Tomorrow the World' (2010) and 'Time Has Come Today' (2011), as well as 'Tyger!, Tyger!' (2012), a program of new commissions by artists such as Philip Brophy, David Chesworth, Katie Lee, Constanze Zikos, Lyndal Walker and Juan Davila.
Phip also undertakes research into the art and design sectors. In 2013, for instance, she developed the research report 'Talking Points: a snapshot of contemporary visual arts (2013-2014)' for the Australia Council for the Arts, and in 2015, (with Timothy Moore) she undertook primary research for the City of Melbourne into the arts in Melbourne around themes such as affordability, inclusivity and infrastructure.
Phip is strongly committed to artist-led projects and the small-to-medium sector, which is reflected in (recent or current) board memberships of Liquid Architecture Sound Art Festival, NETS (National Exhibitions Touring Scheme), Rawcus Theatre Company, and un Projects, publisher of un Magazine. She is an alumnus of the AsiaLink Leaders' Program, the Australia Council for the Arts' Emerging Leaders' Program, and the Leadership Development Program at Melbourne Business School supported by a Margaret Lawrence Bequest Scholarship.
- Murray, P. (2016). Scriptwriter for Degas: A New Vision In: Degas: A New Vision Melbourne, Australia
- Murray, P. (2016). Scriptwriter for David Hockney: Current In: David Hockney: Current Melbourne, Australia
- Carey, J.,Whitman, P.,Schut, S.,King, L.,Murray, P. (2015). Untitled [5 weeks] In: beginning in incompleteness: works in formation Melbourne, Australia
- Murray, P. (2015). Frederick McCubbin - The North wind, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria
- Murray, P. (2015). Loti Smorgon, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
- Murray, P. (2015). Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great multimedia tour In: Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great Melbourne, Australia
- Murray, P. (2015). Scriptwriter for Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei multimedia tour In: Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei Melbourne, Australia
- Murray, P. (2015). 'Creative Conventions' and public forum 'The Future of Art in Melbourne' In: City of Melbourne Melbourne, Australia
- Murray, P. (2014). Give it up for Margaret: A Month of Philanthropic Inspiration In: Give it up for Margaret: A Month of Philanthropic Inspiration Melbourne, Australia
- Murray, P. (2014). Talking Points: A Snapshot of Contemporary Visual Arts 2013-14 In: Australia Council for the Arts Australia
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