Katherine Murphy

Katherine Murphy is an independent feminist curator and producer from the North East coast of Scotland and based in Glasgow.

“Embracing radical forms of care is one way which as a curator I can create the conditions for wellness within the curatorial. The heart of challenging the exploitative, inherently capitalist practices in contemporary art is, in my opinion, linked to hyper-productivity. Within contemporary art production, and the curatorial in particular, I feel there is an incredible amount of invisible labour; from the active, unpaid, and often public networking and research roles that have come to be expected of curators, the pastoral care given to artists, or the more menial, domestic-style duties taken on as part of care for exhibition spaces or exhibition audiences. These forms of care are rarely acknowledged or valued, and are often undertaken at a personal cost; physical, mental, and financial. These acts of care for others at the expense of the self I believe is a key cause of the sickness within the sector that leads to burn-out. With my manifesto for a thriving feminist curatorial practice I set out very clearly this intention and begin to address contributing factors to the endemic overwork I have experienced and witnessed amongst curators.”

With a background in contemporary art and philosophy Katherine has a passion for developing expanded forms of feminist practices through a process of unfolding. For the past decade she has worked with artist-run spaces and organisations, prominent artists, art institutions, museums, and international art festivals.

Murphy’s Unfolding Project 2021 works closely with, and learns from artists to manifest a feminist, independent, sustainable curatorial practice to develop projects and realise exhibitions. ‘Unfolding’ is a framework and her curatorial approach; to unfold is to ‘gradually open out from a folded position’, a process by which something develops and becomes revealed. Her most recent project is guest curating a solo exhibition and project Galalith with artist Lauren Gault at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios in Dublin.


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