About the artist

  • I am a man of the world. Going to and fro and walking up and down in it.
    - William S. Burroughs

My name is Graeme Murrell.

I am a graduate of Huddersfield Polytechnic and the University of Huddersfield, first in History & Politics and later in Multimedia Design.

During the 1990s I co-edited a small press magazine of poetry, scurrilous writing and other rants called Frontal Lobe and co-wrote an unpublished novel called Electric Dogs. I also found time to assault the public with performance poetry, often with avant-jazz band Trump and promote concerts as part of a non-profit group called offShoots.

Moving into the new century, I became editor of the website Monocular Times which curates Situationist and other writing, and hosts the site of pressure group Huddersfield Gem who are dedicated to the preservation of Huddersfield’s Queensgate Market.

I referenced the Situationists with a series of guided walks in Leeds and an exhibition at the Royal Armouries called the Leeds-Dortmund Project. I followed this by setting up a freeform music group called The F*ks, who played an extended piece to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Merrion Centre multi-storey car park.

As a member of the Sedentary Committee for the Consideration of Gradual Change, I took part in an action to oppose the sudden death of the Hardcastle Crags sculpture trail at Hebden Bridge. Since then, I have performed in the duo The Importance Of… and continue to curate the Institute for the Preservation of Bad Art, which is dedicated to saving poorly executed artworks from landfill.

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