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Yes Yes No: Sculpture, Dance, Choreography and What Age Brings

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Sculptor Melissa Pierce Murray and Dancer Fiona Millward combine elements of performance and presentation in a creative exploration of bodies, objects and age. As societies shift towards ageing demographics, maturity creates artistic potential for deepening discernment and critical consideration.

About the Speakers

Melissa Pierce Murray, Sculptor, Visitor in the Creative Arts, University College, Oxford

Sculptor Melissa Pierce Murray devises intersections of matter, emotion and narrative to create sculptures with a tactile allure and unnerving edginess. Frequently interactive or participatory, her sculptures use an aesthetic intrigue to elicit a physical or emotional response.

In 2018, she worked with audiences to explored relationships between sculptural objects, bodies and environments (InteractionObject, Cambridge, 2018), and co-produced NanoVignettes, a series of microfilms on nano science as seen through the eyes of artists. Exhibitions include SciArt at the Cavendish (University of Cambridge, 2018), Stasis (Cambridge, 2017)Royal Society of Sculptors Bursary Show (London, 2017), Into Boundless Space I Leap, (curated by Kettle’s Yard for the University of Cambridge Maxwell Center, 2016) and Constellation (The Undercroft, Norwich, 2016). In 2016, Murray was jointly commissioned to create Breaking Boundaries, a live art installation combining sculpture, dance, and video, for Passion for Knowledge (DIPC, San Sebastian, Spain). Awards and Residencies include Ashurt Emerging Artist Art Prize (Shortlisted, 2018), AA2A Placement (2017), Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award (2016), and Contemporary Visual Arts Network/Museums at Night mentoring program (2016). She holds a BA in English Literature and Physics, and an MA in Fine Arts.

Murray exhibits internationally and is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. 

Fiona Millward, Dance Artist and Rolfer

Fiona Millward has worked throughout the UK and abroad as a dancer, teacher and choreographer since 1985, and values immensely the alchemy of collaboration that underpins these various roles. Her choreographic work has received a range of awards and commissions, and she has also enjoyed working as a dramaturg, mentor, and choreographic advisor.

Fiona was a Lecturer in Dance at De Montfort University in 2006; Head of Movement at the Oxford School of Drama 1999 – 2004; and is a National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Fellow for her work with ID, which she co-directed 1996 - 2015.




This event is part of a seminar series:

Hilary 2020 Seminar Series: The Construction of Ageing

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, Oxford’s Humanities and Healthcare programme and the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life are co-hosting a seminar series on The Construction of Ageing.  While ageing is often considered a biological process, what it means to be young or old, youthful or elderly, is inevitably socially constructed. This suggests that ther...

Event Details

28 January 2020 16:00 - 17:00


Christ Church, Oxford University

Christ Church, St. Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1DP