Ferren Gipson

Art Historian

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Ferren Gipson is an art historian, writer, and presenter based in London. She is the author of The Ultimate Art Museum, hosts the Art Matters podcast, and is a doctoral researcher at SOAS, University of London. She is also a researcher and advocate for art education. Her research areas include modern Chinese art history and topics exploring the crossover between pop culture and art. She also champions women artists wherever possible. Her work can be found across mediums, including books, articles, interviews, and 68 episodes of the popular visual arts podcast Art Matters. Her first book is The Ultimate Art Museum, a museum-in-a-book for young readers published by Phaidon.

She has been a content creator within the art and design sector since 2009, giving talks and collaborating with wonderful brands and institutions including Tate, BBC, Pinterest, Royal Museums Greenwich, Esquire Magazine, and many others. She is also a trustee for Chinese Arts Now and Art History Link-up.


PhD History of Art and Archaeology
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in London, UK, Sept 2018 — Present.

MA History of Art and Archaeology (Merit)
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in London, UK, Sept 2009 — Dec 2010.

BA Art History, Theory and Criticism; Minor in Chinese Studies
Metropolitan State College of Denver in Denver, CO, US, Aug 2006 — May 2009.

Selected Publications

The Ultimate Art Museum, Phaidon Press, September 2021

The Show Must Go On”, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition review, WePresent, WeTransfer.com

How to make art accessible to all”, article in FT Magazine, September 2020

Great Women Artists, contributing writer, Phaidon Press, September 2019

Selected Speaking Engagements

Panel Host, Esquire Townhouse event, Esquire Magazine (Oct 2018, Oct 2019, Oct 2020)

In conversation with Bob & Roberta Smith, Art UK virtual event (Oct 2020)

In conversation with Lubaina Himid, Art UK virtual event (Jul 2020)

Interviewed on BBC World Update (April 2019)

Speaker at the Association for Art History’s Academic and Professional Development Day (Mar 2019)

Host of Art Chats, Tate Lates, Tate Modern (Sept 2018 and January 2019)

Available for speaking engagements and writing commissions.