Peter Murray CBE

Peter Murray CBE - Honorary Doctor

A celebrated artist in his own right, Peter Murray CBE is also the founder of the award-winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Before founding one of the country's most important gallery spaces, Murray studied at art college. As a young painter, he exhibited frequently in the early 1970s. He considers the last 40 years, as founder and executive director of the award winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park, to be a continuation of his life as an artist and educator, and a hugely creative process.

Murray was Principal Lecturer in Art Education at Bretton Hall College when he organised the small outdoor sculpture exhibition that was to become the award-winning sculpture park. It expanded into four indoor galleries, set in 500 acres of 18th Century parkland, now attracting over 400,000 visitors each year.

The Park's permanent open air displays include significant works by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, James Turrell, Sol LeWitt and William Turnbull as well as artists connected to UAL, including Elizabeth Frink and Nigel Hall.

Notable exhibitors have included Andy Goldsworthy OBE (for an exhibition which won the Visual Arts Award in the South Bank Show Awards), Bill Viola, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Central Saint Martins graduate Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, and Sir Anthony Caro, who taught sculpture at Central Saint Martins.

Murray has also curated numerous overseas projects, including the Phillip King retrospective at Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy, the 2007 Blickachsen 6 at Bad Homburg, Germany and in 2015, Ursula von Rydingsvard at the Venice Biennale.

Murray is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art. In 2012, he was awarded the Critics’ Circle Visual Arts and Architecture Award and the Ramon Llull Award for Creative Arts.

He was awarded an OBE in 1996, and a CBE for Services to the Arts in 2010.