Philippa Found is a London based writer with a background in art. She studied Fine Art at Middlesex University, History of Art at the University of Warwick, and graduated with a distinction from the Masters in Creative Writing (Prose) from the University of East Anglia in 2015. Philippa is currently completing her first collection of short stories about girlhood in the Instagram generation. Stories from this collection have been prize listed in the Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2015/16, the Bath Short Story Award 2016, the Words & Women Prose Competition 2015, and the Short Fiction Prize 2016 among others and have been published by the London Journal of Fiction and Galley Beggar Press Single.
Previously Philippa worked as a curator and director of a London contemporary art gallery, ROLLO Contemporary Art, where she specialised in representing women artists and curated the likes of Tracey Emin and Cecily Brown. She was the curator of the critically acclaimed three-part exhibition series, The Body in Women's Art Now, (Critics Choice in Time Out London, the Financial Times, Modern Painters) which thematically surveyed the representation of the body in artworks produced between 2000 and 2010 by women artists, and sought to redress the under-representation of women artists in the UK. The exhibitions travelled to The New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge, and received numerous requests to tour world-wide, and was notable for exhibiting emerging artists alongside established artists: Tracey Emin, Cecily Brown, Sigalit Landau, Natalie Djurburg, Regina Jose Galindo. To accompany the exhibition series, Philippa wrote and edited a three-part non-fiction book of the same title, which included specially commissioned essays by academics such as Tracey Warr (The Artists Body, Phaidon) and Harriet Riches, and was nominated for the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association Book Prize, 2011. In 2010 Philippa was invited to be a founding member of the Art and Gender research board at Centre Pompidou, Paris. During her time at ROLLO Contemporary Art, Philippa also curated exhibitions at many prestigious art institutions including the Royal Academy of Arts, was asked to give numerous public talks about feminism in art and the underrepresentaion of women artists, and was commissioned to write many artist catalogues.
In 2012, Philippa Found closed her gallery in order to focus on her own creative pursuits, but art and her areas of curatorial focus are paramount to, and continue to be explored in, her short stories.