Kevin Murray – Curator and Writer

What we make of our world


‘Don’t stand by the water and long for fish, go home and weave a net.’

Chinese proverb

The projects, texts and exhibitions in this site focus on artists who are able to make something of their own world.

These artists return to the principle of creativity as alchemy – a transformation of ordinary materials into something marvellous.

This applies both to craftspersons, who have the skill and invention to transform matter, and those creating in the South, who have the challenge of making something from the shadows.

Artists can be found across two lines of inquiry. Craft Unbound looks at how the handmade is rediscovered as a form of contemporary expression. And Idea of South questions how ‘up’ has dominated ‘down’.

Both roots dig deep into the world below.

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