Image - David Roche

[Murray] has expressed a particularly unique approach to her medium using her materials in ways that evidence creativity, originality and a refined eye for composition and form. The end result is a series of sculptures that exhibit elegance and beauty despite the contemporary - and arguably industrial - materials with which they are made.
— Judge Kym Elphinstone, Director [art]iculate - 2011 Women on Boards Art Prize

 

About, BIO & CV

Ro Murray works predominantly in an installation-based multidisciplinary manner, often ephemeral in nature and with the deliberate intention not to make stand-alone objects. That attention to form and site ties back to, and is a reaction against, her 30-years as a practicing architect. Beyond a form’s materiality or permanence, she is interested in its ability to communicate. Her work negotiates the thorny topics on the news: (un)natural environments, human rights, climate change, unsustainable energy and refugees. Ro was cofounder of Artists in Transit (AIT) with Susie Williams, collaborating with new media artist Warren Armstrong 2013-2015. Ro now collaborates with artist Mandy Burgess.

Solo Exhibitions
2016   homesweethome - collaboration with Mandy Burgess, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown
2015    Extreme Fire Warning, Montsalvat Melbourne
2013    Once, Jean Bellette Gallery, Hill End
2012    Nurture, Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby

Commissioned Work
2016    Art on The GreenWay as part of LOST by Leichhardt Council                                                                                    
2013    Middle Head: 33 deg 50’ S, 151 deg 14’ E, Mosman Art Gallery Cementa13 Contemporary Arts Festival
, Kandos (AIT)

Selected Residencies

2016    RPA Hospital
2015    BigCi Bilpin

2014    Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, RPA
2014    NANA Contemporary Art Newcastle
2013    Hill End Bathurst Regional Gallery
2013    Ambush Gallery, Waterloo

Education
2010    Completed Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons), National Art School
1976     Completed Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), University of NSW

Collaborations
2015-current  Collaboration with Mandy Burgess
2012-15
Artists in Transit with Susie Williams

Selected recent prizes and awards

2017
Finalist - North Sydney Art Prize - The Coal Loader Balls Head, solo and collaboration with Mandy Burgess
Finalist - Harbour Sculpture Hunters Hill, solo and collaboration with Mandy Burgess
2016
Finalist - Sculpture in the Vineyards Wollombi
Finalist - Blacktown Art Prize
Finalist - Meroogal Womens Art Prize, collaboration with Mandy Burgess

Won - Emerging Artist Prize Sculpture at Sawmillers, McMahons Point
Finalist - Sculpture at Killalea Shell Harbour - collaboration with Mandy Burgess
Finalist - Sculpture on the Greens, Wyong
Highly Commended - Sculpture Walk Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

2015       
Highly Commended - Blacktown City Art Prize Finalist –Sculpture In the Vineyards Wollombi
Finalist- Fishers Ghost Art Prize Campbelltown Art Centre
Finalist –Hidden Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk
Finalist – North Sydney Art Prize
Finalist – Harbour Sculpture Woolwich
Highly Commended – Sculpture on the Greens Wyong

2014      
Finalist – Blacktown City Art Prize
Finalist – Chippendale New World Art Prize
Finalist – Harbour Sculpture, Woolwich
Finalist – Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 
Finalist – Sculpture at Sawmillers, McMahons Point

2013       
Winner – Blacktown City Art Prize, Environmental Art Prize
Highly Commended – Harbour Sculpture, Woolwich
Highly Commended – Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts
Finalist – Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Art Centre
Finalist – Harbour Sculpture, Woolwich
Finalist – Hunters Hill Art Prize
Finalist – In Situ 2013: Mosman Festival of Sculpture and Installation
Finalist – North Sydney Art Prize, Coal Loader Site
Finalist – Sculptures in the Vineyards, Wollombi
Finalist – Sculptures on the Greens, Wyong
Finalist – Willoughby Art Prize

2012    
Winner – Blacktown City Art Prize, Works on Paper
Winner – Sculptures in the Gaol, Trial Bay
Finalist – Blacktown City Art Prize, Sculpture Prize
Finalist – Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize, Chrissie Cotter Gallery
Finalist – Sculpture on the Greens, Wyong
Finalist – Sculptures in the Vineyard, Wollombi
Finalist – UWS Sculpture Award, Campbelltown