Richard Parry is the Director of Glasgow International. Having joined in May 2017 he led the 2018 edition, curating the exhibition Director’s Programme under the theme of ‘cellular world’. He is currently working on the programme for the 2020 edition, which will take on the theme of ‘attention’.
From 2013–2017 he was Curator-Director of the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool. In that time he curated and organised upwards of 30 exhibitions, including solo exhibitions by Mark Leckey, Heather Phillipson, Jennet Thomas, Matt Stokes and Rob Crosse.
Following the group exhibition Sensory Systems (2015), Parry was awarded an Art Fund New Collecting Award to acquire light based art and in 2016 curated NEON: The Charged Line, the largest exhibition of neon based art yet shown in the UK with 25 artists including Fiona Banner, Joseph Kosuth, François Morellet, Mai-Thu Perret and Mary Weatherford.
From 2008 to 2013 Parry was Assistant Curator at the Hayward Gallery, where he organised exhibitions and projects including Psycho Buildings (2008), Walking in My Mind (2009), The New Décor (2010), Tracey Emin (2011), Wide Open School (2012) and Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing (2013).
Prior to the Hayward, Parry was Exhibitions Assistant at the British Council. Parry is a critic and writer and has written for art magazines and online platforms including Frieze, Art Review and Modern Painters.