Curriculum Vitae / Kevin Murray



At university, my research was focused in the new field of narrative psychology, exploring the aesthetic dimension of everyday life, particularly in travel stories. Seeking ‘real world' experience, I then took up a residency as a writer in a craft centre. This led to an exciting period working freelance, where I was able to contribute articles and curate nationally touring exhibitions in the new field of contemporary craft. I then took up the responsibility of Director at Craft Victoria, where for eight years I was able to develop a number of initiatives including the South Project, a four-year program of south-south cultural exchange. During this time the organisation doubled its staff and tripled its turnover.

Selected Employment

2001 - 2007 Executive Director Craft Victoria

2000 - 2001 Artistic Director Craft Victoria

1998 - 1999 Editor : Insite magazine Museums Australian (Vic)

1990 – 1998 Freelance curator

1989 Lecturer , Social Psychology, Macquarie University

Selected Positions

2007 [ Position ] Organisational Review of the School of Art RMIT

2006 - 2007 [ Position ] Visual Arts Advisory Committee Monash University Galler

2006 – 2007 [ Position ] Book review editor Journal of Modern Craft

2002 - 2007 [ Position ] Board member Arts Industry Council

2002 - 2006 [ Position ] Research Fellow Australian Centre, University of Melb

2002 - 2003 [ Position ] Member Interim Board Craft Australia

1993 - 1999 [ Position ] Board Member Centre for Contemporary Photography

1998 [ Residency ] Writer in residence : Deer Isle , Maine , USA (14-28 August) Haystack Mountain School of Craft

1996 [ Commission ] VACB Writing Fellowship Australia Council Australia Council

1991 [ Residency ] Writer-in-residence : Meat Market, Jan-Oct Craft Victoria Australia Council

Selected Publications

2007 [Chapter] Artist as insect (ed Joan Livingston & John Ploof) The Object of Labor New York : MIT Press

2007 [ Article ] Getting to know the Latin neighbours Art Monthly March

2006 [ Article ] The South Project: A Conference of Flightless Birds Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art Volume 7, No 1, pp6-16

2006 [ Keynote ] Between the wheel and the mobile phone: ceramics in a network age : Keynote address Verge Ceramics Conference

2006 [ Keynote ] The wheel turns : New opportunities for post-colonial artists through the South Project South African Perspective Actaze colloquium in Sorbonne Paris 1/4/06

2005 [ Article ] Australian designs on Europe The Age 8/7/05

2005 [ Book ] Craft Unbound : Make the Common Precious Craftsman House

2005 [ Editor ] Handmade Issue Artlink Editor

2005 [ Keynote ] Painterliness in contemporary glass Gas Conference Strattman lecture

2004 [ Article ] The promised land The Age Saturday Review 24 January

2004 [ Keynote ] The fundamentalist urge in contemporary ceramics Red Deer College , Canada Consequence of Material conference

2004 [ Keynote ] Make the Common Precious Harbourfront Craft Centre, Toronto Ingenuity and Critique conference

2003 [ Article ] Who stole 'craft'? Real Time April

2003 [ Article ] The Plinth in the Age of Digital Reproduction Keynote address at Localities conference at Northumbria University , UK

2002 [ Presentation ] Magicians of the South Edinburgh College of Art

1999 [ Article ] Imagine an International Craft Haystack Mountain School of Craft Monograph

1997 [ Presentation ] Glass Angels and Data Insects : International Symposium on Electronic Art Chicago 22-27th October

1995 [ Article ] The world of art on CD-ROM Art on View Spring 3: 32-35

1995 [ Article ] 21st Century Ceramics Art Monthly July 81:21-22

1995 [ Article ] CD-ROM demystified Object 2/95 5-7

1998 [ Article ] BYO Pillowcase: Zen and Craft Object (2/98) 29-33

1998 [ Review ] Manifesto on Digital Craft ABC Radio National Arts Today

1995 [Chapter] 'Narrative Partitioning: The ins and outs of identity construction' J. Smith, R. Harre & Luk van Langenhove (eds) Rethinking Psychology: Volume 1 - Conceptual Foundations Sage

1992 [Chapter] 'The construction of a moral career in medicine' In R. Young & A. Collins (eds) Interpreting Career: Hermeneutical Studies of Lives in Context New York : Praeger

1992 [ Editor ] Judgment of Paris : Recent French Though in an Australian Context Allen & Unwin: Sydney

1988 [Chapter] 'The construction of identity in the narratives of romance and comedy' In J.Shotter & K.Gergen (eds) Texts of Identity London : Sage (1988)

1986 [Chapter] 'Finding literary paths: The work of popular life constructors' In T. S. Sarbin (ed.) Narrative Psychology: The Storied Nature of Human Conduct New York : Praeger

Selected Exhibitions

2006 Common Goods: Cultures Meet through Craft Museum Victoria

2005 Make the Common Precious Craft Victoria

2004 Seven Sisters : Fibre Works Arising from the West Craft West Central TAFE Gallery

2003 Haven : The Art and Craft of Refuge in Tasmania Salamanca Arts

2002 Attitude: New Australian Ceramists Craft Australia SOFA Chicago

2001 Second Wind : Furniture made from the old Melbourne Town Hall organ Craft Victoria

1997 - 2001 Water Medicine: Precious Works for a Dry Continent : Perth, Kalgoorlie, Alice Springs, Adelaide, Wagga Wagga, Lake Macquarie, Katanning Curtin University Gallery Australia Council

2001 Guild Unlimited : Ten jewellers make insignia for potential guilds Craft Victoria

2000 - 2001 Loom : Computing and weaving Craft South & Craft Victoria

2000 Chip : Interactive program and forums Melbourne Film Festival

1999 The Bug : CD-ROMs art Melbourne Film Festival

1999 Goodbye Kind World: Souvenirs of the 20th Century : funded by Arts Victoria RMIT Gallery

1998 Offline: An exhibition of soft hardware : Adelaide Festival JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design

1997 - 1998 Turn the Soil: What if someone else had colonised Australia? : RMIT Gallery Melbourne, Gladstone, Port Pirie, Mount Gambier, Horsham, Morwell, Canberra School of Art, Object Galleries Sydney, Broken Hill (funded b Craft Victoria

1997 [ Co-ordinator ] Crack the Binary Code, A Symposium of Multimedia Criticism : Interact Asia-Pacific Multimedia Festival Centre for Contemporary Photography Australia Council, Arts Victoria

1996 - 1997 How Say You : ACCA Melbourne, University of South Australia Museum of Art Adelaide , Plymsol Gallery Hobart , Surfer's Paradise (funded by Australia Council) Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

1994 - 1995 Symmetry: Crafts meet kindred trades and professions : Ian Potter Gallery Melbourne , University of South Australia Museum Adelaide , Port Pirie, Gladstone , Tamworth , Craftspace Sydney Craft Victoria Australia Council

1993 Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself : Exhibition of video installations oganised by Modern Image Makers Association Centre for Contemporary Photography


1990 PhD (Life as fiction: The making sense of personal change) : Ph.D University of Melbourne Department of Psychology