Isobel Parker Philip is the Senior Curator for Contemporary Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). She was AGNSW’s representative curator for the 2019 edition of The National: New Australian Art, major biennial survey of contemporary Australian practice and a collaborative venture between AGNSW, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Formerly the Curator of Photography, her curatorial projects at AGNSW include Hold still: The Photographic Performance, 2018 and Shadow catchers, 2020-21. In 2017, she was the coordinating curator of Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium and AGNSW’s managing curator for the 2020 Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN. Isobel has independently curated exhibitions in a range of institutional contexts, most recently Garden Variety: Photography, Politics and the Picturesque at the Royal Botanic Gardens. She also writes and publishes extensively.
A Member of the MAMA Advisory Committee since 2018, Isobel is an advisor for PHOTO Australia and PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography, Melbourne.