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Prof Andrea Phillips


Department: Arts

Andrea Phillips

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I’m BALTIC Professor and Director of BxNU Research Institute, Northumbria University & BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. I lecture and write about the economic and social construction of public value within contemporary art, the manipulation of forms of participation and the potential of forms of political, architectural and social reorganisation within artistic and curatorial culture. In my current role I have developed a collaborative space in Newcastle called the Experimental Studio where people from different disciplines – from the university, the BALTIC and from outside these institutions – can come together and test out ideas in a safe setting. Details of past and current events can be seen here

I work closely with artists, curators and arts institutions internationally. I have published books and articles on social concerns in relation to contemporary art, focusing in particular on education and organization. I am currently developing a research project about the history of the UK’s Community Arts Movement, and an international project about Settlement infrastructures. I am writing a book, Contemporary Art and the Production of Inequality, which will bring together discussions on the politics of public administration and management with recent analyses of arts institutions, alongside debates on value (public and private). This is informed by research into the political functions of the art market and personal experience of organising, lobbying, and governing contemporary arts institutions, arts education institutions, and working directly with artists.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Community Arts Centre: ‘devaluing’ art and architecture (the case of the Albany Empire, London), Phillips, A. 2 Feb 2021, Valuing Architecture , Amsterdam, Valiz
  • Critical production, or, the intelligence of collective technicity, Phillips, A. 2020, 2019 Art Encounters Biennial Catalogue, Timișoara, Art Encounters
  • A Conversation as a Map: Interview with Fernando García-Dory by Andrea Phillips, Phillips, A. 1 May 2019, Along Ecological Lines - Contemporary Art and Climate Crisis, North West UK, Gaia Projects
  • Educational Investment: a context for CAMPUS, Phillips, A. Sep 2019
  • Forgetting the Public, Phillips, A. 25 Oct 2018, Public Enquiries: PARK LEK and the Scandinavian Social Turn, London, Black Dog Publishing
  • From Work to Practice, Phillips, A. 2018, Practice, Harvard, The MIT Press
  • The Imperative for Self-attainment: From Cradle to Grave, Phillips, A. 2018, Unlearning Exercises, Valiz
  • Artistic research, publishing and capitalisation, Phillips, A. 2017, Futures of Artistic Research, Helsinki, University of the Arts Helsinki
  • Hubs and Fictions Prescript, Phillips, A. 2017, Hubs and Fictions, Sternberg Press

Professional Activity

PGR Supervision

  • Jacob Maiden Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Abigail Webster Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Laura Yuile Infrastructural Cosiness: Financialized Housing and Communities of Obsolescence Start Date: 01/09/2021
  • Matilda Pye In Reach: Listening, Learning, Leadership This thesis will explore whether an art factory created in a period of cultural and urban renewal at the turn of the century can become or remain a location of possibility working with art and artists? Its aim is to reach in to the organisation of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art to evaluate, learn and rethink the civic role of the arts examining the public programme, communities of agency, freedoms and engagement at points in the institutions 20-year history. Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Rebecca Shatwell Can shared ownership provide an alternative economic model for cultural production? Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 15/09/2021
  • Alan Lynn Navigating the UK’s cultural policy environment from the perspective of Band One National Portfolio Organisations in the North East: epistemological and social critiques. Start Date: 01/10/2019


  • PhD September 01 2003
  • Art MA (Hons) November 19 1995
  • Theatre and Performance Practice BA (Hons) May 19 1989

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