Cara Murphy Juxtapose2


Silver and brick, 5 x 7.5 x 26cm
Photographer, David Pauley

Cara Murphy Underpin_group


Silver, brick, lava and coral, 5 x 7.5 x 8cm each
Photographer, David Pauley

Cara Murphy Regeneration


Silver and enamel, 41 x 3cm
Photographer, David Pauley

Cara Murphy_Trap Cups Group_Silver & Lava_60mm x 60mm x 60mm each_Photographer David Pauley.3

Trap Cups

Silver and Lava, 6 x 6 x 6cm
Photographer, David Pauley

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Trap Cup

Silver and Lava, 6x6x6cm
Photographer, David Pauley

Cara Murphy_Catkin_Serving Spoon_Silver & gold leaf_55mm x 35mm x 300mm¬-_Photographer David Pauley

Catkin, serving spoon

Silver and gold leaf, 5.5 x 3.5 x 30cm
Photographer, David Pauley



Silver, enamel and ivory substitute, 28 x 25 x 19cm
Photographer, David Pauley



Silver and enamel, 26 x 26cm
Photographer, David Pauley



Silver and enamel, 26 x 26cm
Photographer, David Pauley


Cara Murphy

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-2018

Cara Murphy utilises traditional silversmithing techniques to create innovative and sculptural tableware.  Focusing on how pieces interact with their setting, she challenges the established knowledge of silverware by creating work that does not have an obvious purpose. Functionality becomes open to interpretation and is created through the users own participation and involvement.

In her forms, she aims to create a sense of movement, both physical and visual, whilst still remaining cognisant of the sense of ritual and ceremony linked to the use of silver. Inspired by the natural environment, she sees the table setting as a landscape from which objects emerge and grow. In 2016, she won the Rosy James Memorial Award which enabled her to learn the enamelling process of vitreous enamelling and to ensure the skill can be passed onto future generations.

Murphy trained at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland and the Royal College of Art, London. She is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and works mainly to commission. She is an Associate Lecturer at Belfast School of Art where she leads research in contemporary silversmithing at the Ulster University.


Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Arts Council of Ireland
Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland
National Museum of Ireland
Queens University Collection, Belfast
St Columb’s Cathedral, Derry
St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
Shipley Art Gallery, UK
The Silver Trust Collection at 10 Downing Street, UK
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

Rosy James Memorial Award
Arts Council of Northern Ireland Individual Arts Award
RDS Award of Excellence and California Gold Medal, National Crafts Competition
1st Prize Gold, Silver & Alternative Materials, RDS National Crafts Competition
Arts Council of Northern Ireland Individual Arts Award
Major Individual Artist’s Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland



Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Silver Speaks, V&A Museum, London, UK
Global Irish Design Challenge, Dublin Castle, Dublin
The Irish Connection, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon: Metal and Stone, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
Side by Side, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
Murphy Family, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
PORTFOLIO, RHA Gallery, Dublin
Feast of Silver, Fortnum and Mason, London, UK
A Spoonful of Silver, Belton House, Lincolnshire, UK
Hammered, Museet pa Koldinghus, Denmark
Hopeaa ja emalia, Höyry-galleria and Finnish Craft Museum, Finland
Contemporary Silver, A Selling Exhibition, Christies, London, UK
CultureCRAFT, London Street Gallery, Derry and National Craft Gallery
Rocks, Goldsmiths Centre, London, UK
Future Beauty?, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast
Fit for Purpose, V&A Museum, London, UK
RDS National Crafts Competition, Dublin
My Place, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK
26 Treasures, Ulster Museum, Belfast
Arts Council Collection, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast
Thirty, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Co. Antrim
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
MATERIAL poetry, The American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA
Contemporary British Silversmiths, V&A Museum, London, UK
Objects of Light, Danish Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen, Denmark
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Designers and Makers, FE McWilliams Gallery, Banbridge
Side x Side : Edge > Edge, Häme Castle, Finland
Object, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Silver Sounds, Queens University, Belfast
Connect: Eat and Drink, Hillsborough Courthouse, Belfast
A Pinch of Salt, Goldsmiths Hall, London, UK
Silver Sounds, Queens University, Belfast
Connect: Eat and Drink, Hillsborough Courthouse, Belfast
You’ll Never Walk Alone, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

Contact Details:

Cara Murphy
Blessington House
18 Ballynahinch Street
Co. Down

T. + 44 78 1195 8807