Meet the team

Dr Alex Murdin, Ceramics Curator

Dr Alex Murdin is an artist and curator with a strong interest in rural and regional culture and politics. He is currently a freelance artist & curator specialising in public commissions and socially engaged programmes, having successfully delivered projects ranging from an inaugural exhibition at the new home of the Met Office to a cultural strategy for the new town of Cranbrook, Devon.

As a curator he started out working for galleries and commissioning agencies including Christies Contemporary Art and Commissions East.

He was Director of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen for 7 years, working with makers like David Leach and John Makepeace. As an artist he has been the Director of ruralrecreation ( for the past 15 years, an experimental and collaborative group of artists, landscape designers and scientists developing art, architecture and landscape for a new rural commons.

The role of Whitegold Curator for the Austell Project brings these concerns together – creating spaces where artists work with communities, ceramicists collaborate with gardeners, all working towards creating more sustainable places to live.

Alex Murdin
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