Charlie Murphy


I work with   glass, light, sculpture, photography and video to create dramatic installations and participatory events.  Widely known for my popular touring ‘kiss-in' events, my projects often involve participation and collaboration of some kind.

I develop a wide variety of exhibitions, performative and public engagement  events and projects for gallery, museum, community and festival contexts across the UK and internationally, including Science Gallery (Dublin 2011 & 2014 ), The Wellcome Collection (2018 & 2011), Science Museum (2009
 )Stanley Picker Gallery (2012) The Big Dance Festival (2008), Artist Collectables at Tate Modern (2007), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2006) and Artsway's ‘New Forest Pavilion' at the Venice Biennale (2005). 

My research into with photographic phenomena explores indexical potentials and manifestations of image making and connecting physical, optical and psychological dimensions light and glass. My projects investigate   extremes and elemental qualities of photographic recording and the tensions and expansions between two and three dimensional representation.

An experienced arts educator, I have contributed to BA and MA programmes at The Royal College of Art, University of Gloucestershire, (Cheltenham), Anglia Ruskin, University College for the Creative Arts, (Farnham), The Arts Institute at Bournemouth
, Plymouth College of Art
, Brunel University and Kingsway College

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer (Photography)


  • MA Photography, Royal College of Art
  • BA (Hons) Photography,West Surrey College of Art & Design
  • HND Documentary Photography, Gwent College of Higher Education
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Bath College of Higher Education

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


From Oct 2016- Aug 2018, I have been artist in residence and co director of a large interdisciplinary team called ‘Created Out of Mind' at the Wellcome Trust's Hub space. Leading research into public perceptions of dementias, we have been investigating how creative processes and tools can enhance the health and wellbeing of people living with dementias and facilitate deeper public understanding and societal change.

I initiated a dynamic series of creative workshops, intimate dialogues and public events to investigate the language, molecular pathologies and common metaphors used to describe experiences of dementias using dance, experimental printing, letterpress, photography, wax and ceramic painting.

Creative outputs from these projects have so far included presentations  for B(old) Festival at The Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre (2018), Dundee's Lifespace Gallery, The Royal Institute (2018),  Normal? Festival of the Brain (Folkestone), West Yorkshire Playhouse, Pint of Science, The Royal Society for Public Health,  ARUK and Wellcome Collection. See for more details on this project