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 (www.ruralrecreation.org.uk) 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.