On Seeing Only Totally New Things, 2013

Gavin Murphy biography

Gavin Murphy is a Dublin-based artist and curator with an interest in cultural sites and histories. His research-based, intertextual practice involves the assemblage of unique fabricated elements, sourced and found objects, images and texts, exploring the sculptural possibilities of cinematic structures and mise en scène.


Solo exhibitions include Remaking the Crust of the Earth, Irish Architectural Archive, 2023; Double Movement, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 2017; In Art We Are Poor Citizens, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, 2014; Something New Under the Sun, Royal Hibernian Academy, 2012; Colophon, Oonagh Young Gallery, 2012; Remember, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, 2010; and Moving Deaths, Conical Melbourne, 2009.


Group exhibitions include Syntonic State, curated by Linda Shevlin, Tulca, Galway, 2018; Selective Memory: Artists in the archive, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, 2015, Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art & Francis Bacon’s Studio, BOZAR, Brussels, 2013, and After the Future, curated by Annie Fletcher, EVA International, Limerick, 2012. He was long-listed for the 2015 Aesthetica Art Prize, and his film work was included in Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris (2014) & Berlin (2015).


He is the recipient of various awards from the Arts Council, and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, and residencies at Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin, and Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne. He has edited and written for a number of publications including C20 Magazine, the Visual Artists' New Sheet, and AIM (Artists' Initiatives’ Meetings) 2010–2016, Stockholm. His publication On Seeing Only Totally New Things, produced in collaboration with Atelier David Smith, was published by the RHA in 2013.


As joint artistic director of Pallas Projects/Studios, he has devised and realised numerous artist-led projects and programmes, and writes, advocates and conducts research on artist-run practice. He was co-curator of 'Dubliners', Biennial of Painting, Zagreb, Croatia (2022), and was co-editor of the publication Artist-Run Europe: Practice/Projects/Spaces (Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 2016), and its revised second edition (Set Margins’, Eindhoven, 2023). He has sat on numerous panels, seminars and symposia, and was a nominator for the Apexart Fellowship award (New York). As an Associate Lecturer on IADT's BA Art programme, he has co-delivered the 'In the making' series of professional practice student exhibitions since 2015.


His work is in the collections of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, the OPW, and several private collections.