Paul Hobson read Modern History at Oxford University and has an MA in Aesthetics and Contemporary Visual Theory and an MA in Arts Management and Policy. He has been Director of Moderen Art Oxford, one of the UK’s most prominent art galleries, since Sepetember 2013. Previously he was the Director of the Contemporary Art Society from August 2007. Prior to his position at the Contemporary Art Society, Paul was the Interim Director of The Showroom Gallery, London and held senior positions at the Serpentine Gallery, London and the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
In 2007, he co-produced with writer and curator Gilane Tawadros the publication, Life Is More Important Than Art, with contributions from Faisal Abdul’Allah, Stuart Brisley, Susan Hiller, David Medalla, Uriel Orlow, Zineb Sedira, Yinka Shonibare and Terry Smith. Based on the quotation from James Baldwin, `Life is more important than art, that’s why art is important’, the book comprises a series of interviews with artists and investigates the conditions for making and presenting contemporary art from artists’ perspectives at the beginning of the 21st century.