Kate Murphy

Born Queanbeyan, lives and works in Sydney.

Kate Murphy examines the interplay between portraiture and documentary: from the language of film, TV and documentary, to the home video. Exploring a multiplicity of viewpoints — the subject, the camera, the observer — her work subverts and unravels conventions around the social document, revealing incisive emotional landscapes in the process. Solo exhibitions include Lift, Breenspace, Sydney (2013); Probable Portraits, Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria (2013); Cry me a future, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra (2009); Rehearsal (for St Vitus), Virgin Mary Church, Ballymun, Ireland (2007); and Placing the Camera, Performance Space, Sydney (2005). Group exhibitions include Volume 1: MCA Collection, MCA, Sydney (2012–13); Speak to me, Experimenta, 5th International Biennial of Media Art (2012); Nightshifters, Performance Space, Sydney (2010); Rising Tide: Films and Video Works from the MCA Collection, MCA, Sydney and MCA, San Diego, USA (2009); Contemporary Australia: Optimism, GOMA|QAG, Brisbane (2008); PLAY, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth (2005–06). Residencies include Greene Street, New York, Australia Council for the Arts (2007); Fire Stations Artists’ Studios, Dublin, Ireland (2006–07); 2004 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, NSW Ministry for the Arts. 

Artist's CV

Master of Fine Arts (Research), The University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts, Australia
Bachelor of Arts (Visual) with First Class Honours / University Medal, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra

Lift, BREENSPACE, Sydney
Probable Portraits, Shepperton Art Museum, Victoria
The note, BREENSPACE, Sydney
Prayers of a Mother, Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
Cry me a future, Portrait Room, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Rehearsal (for St Vitus), Breaking Ground, Virgin Mary Church, Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland
Britney Love, Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Placing the Camera, Performance Space, Sydney, Australia
Britney Love, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia

24 Frames Per Second, commission, Carriageworks, Sydney (forthcoming) 
Volume 1: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Speak to me, Experimenta, 5th International Biennial of Media Art, projects featured at various venues across Melbourne, touring nationally
Redlands Art Prize, NAS Gallery
Here’s the Tender Coming (WHOOPEE) We’re all Going to Die, Pallas Projects, Dublin
60th Blake Prize, NAS Gallery, Sydney
National Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum
The Ghost Show, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sydney
Rolling Stock, Junee, NSW
Nightshifters, Performance Space, Sydney
TarraWarra Contemporary 2010, TarraWarra Museum of Art, VIC
Vocal Thoughts, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA), Adelaide, SA
Tele-Vision Eyes, Penrith Regional Art Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
Group Show, BREENSPACE, Sydney
Video Swell Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
What I Think About When I Think About Dancing, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
The more you ignore me, the closer I get, Univeristy of Queensland Museum, Brisbane
Rising Tide: Film and Video Works from the MCA Collection, Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA, USA and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Song of sirens, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne
Event: New Moving Image Works, Artspace, Sydney
Video Time, MOP Projects, Sydney
Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
One of Us Cannot Be Wrong, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
Sonic Youth, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland & Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, New York
Performing For The Camera, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
Parade: manufacturing selves, Vivid National Photography Festival, Canberra
My baggage ain’t all that heavy, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
The Roving Eye, Robert Steele Gallery, New York
New Acquisitions 2007, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Proof: Festival of Contemporary Art, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra
Leaving Together, The Monitor, 24hr Art, NT Centre for Contemporary Art
The One and the Many, Dell Gallery, Brisbane
The Christmas Specials, MOP Projects, Sydney
Tomorrow Again, Artspace, Sydney
PLAY: Portraiture and Performance in recent video art from Australia & New Zealand,
Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ and PICA, Perth, Australia
Beograd nekad i sad, Prodajna Galerija Beograd, Belgrade, Serbia
C’town bling, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, NSW
Scratch the Surface, Logan Art Gallery, Logan, Queensland
Interlace, Performance Space, Sydney and CAST Gallery, Hobart
Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney
24:7 II, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
720 x 576, Phatspace, Sydney
<LOOK>, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, Australia
Projekt #6, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand
outTAKEout, Kiosk, Christchurch, New Zealand
Remembrance + The Moving Image: Reverberation, ACMI, Melbourne
Scratch the Surface, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
The Lifestyle Channel, Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney
Sex and the Settee, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
So You Wanna be a Rock Star?, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Contagion, New Zealand Film Archives, Wellington, New Zealand

Happy Hour, SuperDeluxe, Artspace, Sydney
LOOP’08: International Festival & Fair of Video art, Barcelona
Projector, Broadstone Gallery, Dublin & Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
Seen, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), Liverpool,     UK
Glimpse, 43 South Molten, London, UK
Revelation, Perth International Film Festival, Perth, Australia
Terminus, Public Art Project, Underground Train Stations, Sydney
Uncoordinated, Omeo Dance Studios, Sydney
Don’t Look Now, Mori Gallery and Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney
ABC Video Project, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney
DV Dialysis, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2004, Melbourne
Black Box, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Body on Screen, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne
Projekt #6, Kings Artist Run Space, Melbourne
Slacking Off, Imperial Slacks Gallery, Sydney
Film Video Sound, Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney

2007        Greene Street Studio, New York, Australia Council for the Arts
2006–7    The Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin, Ireland
2000        Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia
2000        Canberra School of Art, ANU, Canberra, Australia

2011        Deluxe, dLux Edition #1
2005        Runway Issue #6: Watching, published by The Invisible Inc., Sydney
2003        Projekt #6, published by Brendan Lee, Kings Gallery, Melbourne
2003        State Circle: International Video Art from Canberra, Dr. Martyn Jolly
2002        Serials 7’s #2, published by Angelica Mesiti, Imperial Slacks, Sydney

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne
ReelDance Moving Image Collection at UNSW

Matt Dowling interview with Kate Murphy and sound designer and composer Basil Hogios for the exhibition Kate Murphy: Probable Portraits, Shepperton Art Museum, Victoria, <a href="http://blogs.abc.net.au/victoria/2013/09/a-screen-test-for-sam.html?site=shepparton&program=shepparton_breakfast">ABC Radio
Andrew Stephens, 'Lights, Camera, Distraction', The Age, 14 September 2013. Featuring Cry me a future (Dublin) 2006

Andrew Stephens, ‘Dialling up a new connection’, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 September 2012
Elizabeth Fortescue, ‘Artworks that move the spirit’, Daily Telegraph, 17 September 2012
Louise Martin-Chew, 'Portraits of the Individual on a life journey’, The Age, 29 September 2011

Rachel Kent, ‘The note’, catalogue essay, BREENSPACE, Sydney
Jasmine O’Loughlin-Glover, ‘Kate Murphy’, interview, Das Superpaper, issue 11,

Bec Dean, ‘Britney Love 2000 & 2007’, Video Swell Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Contemporary Projects Publication
Amanda Rowell, ‘Kate Murphy is…’, Eyeline, no. 69, 2009, pp26–28
Alexie Glass, ‘Extimacy: A new generation of feminism’, Art & Australia, vol. 47, no. 1, Spring 2009, pp132–139
Blair French, ‘Event: Recalling the Cinematic’, Column 3, Artspace Visual Arts Centre, pp124–129
Chloé Wolifson, ‘EVENT: New Moving Image Works’, Art & Australia, vol. 46, no. 4, Winter 2009, pp674–675
Daniel Palmer, ‘Optimism’, Art & Australia, vol. 46, Autumn 2009, p.509

Alison Kubler, ‘The more you ignore me, the closer I get’, University of Queensland Art Museum, 2008    
Sarah Stutchbury, ‘Kate Murphy: Looking to the future’, Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2008
Rachel Kent, ‘Looking Both Ways: Reflections on Portraiture’, Current, Art & Australia, Sydney, 2008
Christopher, Allen ‘Look on the Bright Side’, The Australian, 13 December 2008
Karra Rees, ‘One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong’, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2008
Di Smith, ‘Being seen on screen’, un Magazine, no. 2.2, November pp26–27
Richard Jinman, ‘Reasons to be cheerful’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 November 2008
Karlijin De Jongh, ‘Sonic Youth’, Circa, Ireland, no. 125, Autumn, 2008, pp93–95
Thérèse McKenna, ‘Reel good show’, Metro, Dublin, 14 July 2008
Martyn Jolly, ‘Parade: Manufacturing selves in photography’, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra, 2008

Jane Hampson,  ‘Kate Murphy’, Art & Australia, vol. 45, Summer 2007, p287
Rachel Kent, ‘New Acquisitions 2007: A collection in focus’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2007
Brendan Lee, ‘more video art please’, Artlink, ‘Screen Deep’, vol. 27 no. 3, 2007, pp28–31
Rachel Kent, ‘Contemporary Focus: vox pop to urban diary’, Art & Australia, vol. 43,
no. 4, Winter, 2006, pp574–581
Sebastian Smee, 'Capturing Strangers’, The Weekend Australian, 16 – 17 July 2005, pp18–19
Carrie Hutchinson, ‘Digital Art’, Vogue Living Australia, Jan/Feb, 2005, Sydney
Lisa Havilah & Anne Loxley, ‘C’town bling: a different type of shiny’, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, 2005

Adam Geczy, ‘Video Magic at Performance Space’, Art Monthly, no. 174, October, 2004
Frances Dyson, ‘Interlace’, Broadsheet, vol. 33, no. 3, Sept/Nov, 2004, pp22–23
Blair French, ‘Interlace’, Performance Space, Sydney, 2004
Dominique Angeloro, ‘Idol Vice’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3–9 September 2004, p26
Philippa Kelly, ‘Letter from the Lower Hunter’, Art Monthly, no. 169, May 2004
Rachel Kent, ‘Video: medium of the moment’, RealTime, no. 62, Aug/Sept 2004, p45
Peter Hill, ‘Urban Visionaries’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12–13 June 2004
Fiona Trigg, ‘Kate Murphy: truth and contingency’, RealTime, no. 61,     June/July 2004, p37
Lenny Ann Low, ‘Parallel Views’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 June 2004
Barbara Bolt, ‘Video hard sell’, RealTime, no. 59, Feb/March 2004, p33
Merryn Gates, ‘Really and Truly’, <LOOK>, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, 2004

Russel Smith, ‘Scratch the Surface’, Muse, no. 229, June 2003
Fiona Trigg, ‘Remembrance and the Moving Image’, ACMI Publication
Lisa Byrne, Scratch the Surface’, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, 2003

Ian Warden, ‘Exhibition No-One Hit Wonder’, The Canberra Times, 2002, p10

Iain Snedden, ‘Rock Face’, The Australian, 14 December 2001, p15–    18
Dominic Buchanan, ‘A Head for Music’, The Canberra Times, 13 December 2001, p2–3
Magda Keaney, ‘So you wanna be a rock star?’, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2001
S. Vita, ‘New media on display’, Independent Herald, New Zealand, 2001
Daniel Palmer, ‘Shorts’, Photofile, No. 62, April, 2001, p32

Peter Volich, ‘Tall Stories’, Canberra Contemporary Art Space Publication, Canberra, 2000
Sonia Barron, ‘A Glimpse of Innocence’, The Canberra Times, 19 October 2000
Helen Maxwell, ‘Reflections on the Latest Show’, Art Monthly, no. 129, 2000, p7–9

2010  New Work Grant (Established), Visual Arts/Craft Board, Australia Council for the Arts
2008  New Work Grant (Established), Visual Arts/Craft Board, Australia Council for the Arts
2007  Greene Street, New York Residency, Australia Council for the Arts
2005  New Work Grant, Visual Arts/Craft Board, Australia Council
2005  NAVA Marketing Grant, NSW Ministry for the Arts
2004  Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, NSW Ministry for the Arts
2003  The Australian Postgraduate Award, University of New South Wales
2000  Queens Trust Award for Young Australians Award
1999  CCAS/Gorman House Studio and Solo Exhibition Award (EASS Award)