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Liz Murray

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  • My PhD research at the Royal College of Art nominates an historic act of gendered resistance – The Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp – as artwork. Storytelling is intrinsic to this practice-led project as a method of engaging with feminist histories, narratives, events and artwork. It is an intersectional, ‘back-chatting’ methodology that folds elements of practice, history and politics for resharing as knowledge. I seek to test what the limits are for ‘art-work’ to generate a re-consideration of the queer practices, radical means and resistance that the Women’s Peace Camp established four decades ago. As a former Greenham Woman, I am employing an autoethnographic method that draws on stories, records, and materials from that time. These are manifested as ‘objects with stories’ or ‘storytelling objects’ that sit alongside the written part of my PhD research.

    My artworks include sculpture, installation, photography and collage. I use transient, overlooked materials, undervalued craft techniques and DIY methods to examine how identities and events are framed, valued, and presented. My practice draws on feminist discourses and strategies of solidarity that have been overlooked or hidden and is informed by arts potential to form and operate resistantly. I often work collaboratively and am a member of the Partisan Social Club and London-based GLAP writing collective. I have recently co-authored the Anti-Fascist Newsletter for Five Years, published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.

  • Previous degrees

  • MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London, 2005; PG Dip, Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts, London, 2004; BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting, Camberwell School of Art & Crafts, 1984
  • Experiences

  • Visiting Lecturer, School of Arts & Humanities (MA & MRes Programmes), Royal College of Art, London, 2017 - present; Lecturer, BA (Hons) Contemporary Art & Design, & Art and the Environment, Writtle University College, Essex, 2014 - present; Visiting Lecturer, MA Photography, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, 2011; Visiting Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Newcastle University, 2009-10; Visiting Lecturer, BTEC Interior Design, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, 1992-94; The Object of Research, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, 2018; Future Print Story, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, and Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan, 2016; Youkobo Artspace, AIR residency, Tokyo, Japan, 2011; AIR, Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic, 2010; Highbury Corner Public Art Commission, 2010; Triangle International Artists Workshop, New York, USA, 2008; Red Mansion Residency, Beijing, China, 2006; Braziers International Artists Workshop, Oxford, UK, 2006
  • Exhibitions

  • 2084, Dyson Gallery, London, 2020; Twin Advisory Service (with Alison Gill), Partisan Social Club at Coventry Biennial, 2019;; There’s Something Lurking In the Shadows That Might Be Interesting, Dyson Gallery, London, 2019; On Being Together, Memberships, Collectives and Unions, Partisan Social Club at Beaconsfield, London, 2018; A Girl with Time, GLAP Collective, Skelf, online, 2018; Flight Mode, Assembly Point, London, 2018; Daybreak, Safehouses, London, 2017; Vertigo Rising (with John Hughes), Five Years, London, 2015; Connecting Worlds, Drawing Room Projects, London, 2014; Factory, Format International Photography Festival, Quad, Derby, 2013; Doris, Stedefreunde, Berlin, 2010; Sight Unseen, Karlin Studios, Prague, 2010,; Terminal, Tate Britain, 2008.
  • Publications

  • PROVA 4, RCA Arts and Humanities Research Journal, 2018; Sight Unseen, London: TECHNE / RCA, 2017; How to Read: Writing Groups. How to Write: Reading Groups, London: Five Years, 2016; Vertigo Rising, London: Mantis, 2015; Factory, Quad / Format, 2013; Art & Music (Winter 2009) Issue 08, 2009; Art Monthly (April) No.315, Jess Flood-paddock / Liz Murray, Mark Wilsher, 2008; The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Issue #11, 2020
  • Awards

  • Northern Print Commission, 2009; Jerwood Artists Platform nomination, 2006; Red Mansion Art Prize, 2006; Royal West of England Academy Student prize, 2004; Thames & Hudson Drawing Prize, 1984
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