Charlie Murphy

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Charlie Murphy’s portfolio includes dramatic visual art installations using video, glass, light, photography and live performance. 

She has presented many different kinds of live participatory events involving kissing, dentistry, cart-wheeling, country dancing, pantomime, aerial dance and gymnastics for festival, gallery and public contexts.

Graduating in Fine Art (Photography) from the Royal College of Art (London) in 1999, she has exhibited extensively at national and international art festivals, public institutions and galleries, including Artsway’s New Forest Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2005, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006, Artist Collectables at Tate Modern 2007, the Big Dance Festival 2008 and On the Waterfront festival in Liverpool 2010. 

A major presentation of her mixed media The Anatomy of Desire project was presented at the Wellcome Collection, in 2011. The Kingston Big Wheel live performance and video project, commissioned by the Stanley Picker Gallery for their No Competition off site programme was presented at The Royal Borough of Kingston's Culture Programme launch, the International Youth Arts Festival and Kingston Museum's Athletes in Motion exhibition in 2012.

Charlie's Kiss In (2000 - 2012), performed in various locations from Hoax Gallery, London, through Arnolfini, Bristol and Edinburgh Festival to Science Museum and Wellcome Collection, London featured on Jo Brand on Kissing, for BBC FOUR in 2012.

Her Back Seat Confessions was a performance installation for The Fling Festival in Chelmsford in 2013 and 2014. Charlie presented a series of shop window installations at W. Sitch & Co in Soho, London (1 November to 30 December 2015) following a residency there through 2015.

Charlie was part of the core team Created Out of Mind which was a Wellcome Trust Hub residency at the Wellcome Collection, between October 2016-2018, bringing together a rich network including scientists, artists, clinicians, public health experts and broadcasters, the group was awarded £1 million to examine and challenge perceptions of dementia through scientific and creative experimentation.

For The State of Us at The Lowry, Salford, Charlie presents Brains in a Dish and Embodiments from her Anatomy of Desire series (1999 - 2011) alongside other artists including Amy Karle, Marshmallow, William Ltham and Patrick Tresset.

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