Esther E. Shipman
//MOVE Installation Projects Curator/Coordinator
Esther E. Shipman has established a national reputation as an innovative curator, arts administrator, policy/strategy consultant and cultural issues advocate spanning the not-for profit, public and private sectors. She has lectured and written extensively on design and cultural issues and spearheaded scores of exhibitions, competitions, events, publications, and other initiatives intended to encourage increased knowledge, dialogue and incorporation of design and culture into daily life.
Since 2007, she has been the Curator of Architecture & Design for Cambridge Art Galleries, Idea Exchange at their Design at Riverside gallery, Canada’s only municipal gallery dedicated to architecture and design. She has curated/produced over 60 national and international exhibitions in Cambridge and she served as the Assistant Commissioner for Canada to the 11th International Biennale of Architecture in Venice in 2008. Ms. Shipman was the Co-founder and Executive Director of VIRTU/Directions in Canadian Design (1985-1999), a highly acclaimed design advocacy organization, pivotal in the development and promotion of new design in Canada and abroad, including 15 national design competitions, co-creating the Centrifuge International Design Lectures, Canada’s first cross-disciplinary design series, as well as establishing the Design Directions retail store for Canadian Design in Production.
Esther also served as an Executive Board Member and the Chair of the Design Sector for the Trade Team Canada-Cultural Goods and Services Committee (TTS-CGS) Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada (2000-2006).