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Charlie Murphy has established a vibrant, interdisciplinary practice spanning dynamic sculptural installations, digital media, performance and live events for many arts, science, public health, museum and community contexts.

She uses properties of glass, light, sculpture, photography, performance and video to create dramatic sculptural installations, performances and events which explore material questions about our bodies, health & relationships.  Widely known for her popular touring ‘kiss-in’ events, her projects often involve participation and collaboration of some kind.

She was a co-director & visual arts lead of Created Out of Mind at Wellcome Collection, London, (2016-18). During this residency she initiated Brains in a Dish, a high impact art-science project inspired by cutting edge dementia research. This project deepens public understanding of dementia & brain health through glass, light, photography, video & performance. Collaborations with audiences, scientists & engineers have evolved multiple immersive installations, film screenings and participation events exploring the brain, desire, anatomy and relationships.

Presentation highlights include Cooper Gallery, Barnsley Museums (2022-3, supported by ACE & ARUK), Lowry (2019-20), Royal Festival Hall (2018), Normal? Festival (2017&18), Anatomy of Desire, (1999 – 2011; Wellcome, 2011); The Big Wheel (Big Dance, Tate, 2008); Edinburgh Fringe (2006); New Forest Pavilion (Venice, 2003); The Art of Tickling Trout (ArtSway, 2001-03).

An experienced arts educator,  Charlie contributed to many postgraduate and graduate programmes.Her workshops and performative lectures consider and explore expanded forms of photography and moving image. Her workshops explore and celebrate physical and conceptual principles of photography and the moving image and reference an array of references across live art, science communication, analogue & digitial processes, greenscreen technologies, machine vision, dance and choreography.

She regularly contributes to BA & MA Photography programmes at Kingston School of Art . As a guest lecturer and workshop leader she has also contributed to BA Science Communication  (Kings College London), MA PHotography (The Royal College of Art),  BA Photography (University of Gloucestershire), BA Photography (Anglia Ruskin), MA Photography (University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham), MA Photography (Arts Institute at Bournemouth) and adult education programmes at Brunel University and Westminster Kingsway.

Charlie studied  Documentary Photography at Newport, BA Photography at Farnham and an MA ( Photography) at the RCA.

Her work is supported by  The Artist Agency.

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