Writer and Curator,
Kevin Murray is an independent writer and curator. For the past eight years, he has been Director of Craft Victoria, where he initiated a number of programs, including the Melbourne Scarf Festival and the South Project, a four year program of cultural exchange across the south that involved international gatherings in Melbourne, Wellington, Santiago and Johannesburg.
With a PhD in the field of narrative psychology, he has an ongoing interest in art as a way of telling stories. His curated exhibitions explore new dialogues such as between crafts and kindred trades (Symmetry), art under false pretences (How Say You), Australia if it had been colonised by someone else (Turn the Soil), Tasmania as a promised land (Haven), art from water (Water Medicine), art of the stars (Seven Sisters) and world craft (Common Goods).
He is currently working on the issue of cultural exchange between first and third world cultures, exploring the ethics of collaboration. He maintains several online platforms for exchange across the South. These and an archive of exhibitions and texts can be found at www.kitezh.com.
Kevin Murray is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT, Research Fellow at University of Melbourne and Monash University, and Online Editor for Journal of Modern Craft.
See also: Abstract of Kevin Murray's paper:
Craft for the other 10%: Ethical steps towards a sustainable world craft