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Artist Statement


Lili Murphy-Johnson is a multidisciplinary artist working across performance, film and jewellery. The resulting works playfully and provocatively intervene in the public realm, inviting us to reflect on questions of class, social politics and capitalism.


In High Street Jewellery (2023), Murphy-Johnson documents the process of painstakingly replicating a piece of mass-produced jewellery from a popular high street shop, which she then places on the shop’s rack to be sold. ‘The idea was to put all of my time, skills, knowledge and love into hand crafting jewellery items that would then lose their meaning and value once received by another,’ she states.


Using performance Murphy-Johnson tests ideas around objectification, the value of labour, and how it is measured. Her work is driven by the way the meaning or value of an object can disappear or alter depending on who is viewing it, drawing out humour from moments of awkwardness and tension, and exposing the frayed edges of social interactions in public spaces.



2021 - 2023   Royal College of Art, MA Jewellery and Metal

2012 - 2015   Central Saint Martins, BA Hons Jewellery Design

2011 - 2012   Central Saint Martins, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Exhibitions and Performances


           MINE, Vistoe, Munich

           Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2023, Camden Arts Centre, London


           Lawless Imagination, RuptureXIBIT, London

           FIX23, Catalyst Arts, Belfast

           Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2023, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool 

           Seams, Season Gallery, London

           RCA Degree Show, Truman Brewery, London

           JAMCabaret, Munich Jewellery Week Hub, Munich 


           After acting like a doormat for many years, I will become a doormat, Hill Station Community Cafe, London 

           Precious Materials, Goldsmiths Fair, Goldsmiths Hall, London

           Delivision: Three Video Projects by Lili Murphy-Johnson, Theatre Deli, Broadgate Circle, London

           CAUTION: WORK IN PROGRESS, Safehouse 1, Peckham, London

           W.I.P, Royal College of Art, Online

2018   The Jewellery Pop-Up, Shoreditch, London

2017   Decorating Dissidence, Mile End Art Pavilion, London

2016   Future Late, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London

2015   Central Saint Martins Degree Show, London

2014   Salvage, Central Saint Martins, London

2013   Entrance to Pearls exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2012   Central Saint Martins Foundation Degree Show, London

Awards and Achievements

2023   Long-listed for Robert Walters Group UK New Artist of the Year

2023   Graham Hughes Award

2023   New Contemporaries 2023

2021   The Griffin Scholarship, to study at the RCA


Public Talks

2023   Central Saint Martins, BA Jewellery Design, Autumn Lecture Series 


Teaching Experience

2024                Central Saint Martins, Visiting Lecturer for BA Jewellery Design

2024                Camden Art Centre, Transformative Futures

2023                Glasgow School of Art, BA Jewellery and Silversmithing, Week-long teaching placement

2019 - 2022     Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, Foundation Performance Platform, Commissioned Works Collaborator 

Workshop Experience

2021, 2023 - 2024    Jeweller, Castro Smith, London

2020 - 2021              Workshop Manager, The Great Frog, London

2018 - 2020              Workshop Supervisor, The Great Frog, London

2016 - 2020              Jeweller, The Great Frog, London

2015 - 2016              Workshop Intern, Shaun Leane, London

2015                         Studio Intern, Lily Kamper, London


2017   Narrative Jewellery: Tales from the Toolbox by Mark Fenn, p.192



           The Observer Magazine, p. 7

           The Observer

           Plaster Magazine

2023   Aesthetic Anthologies Artist Feature

2020   Tampax

2019   She. Magazine, p.52


           She. Magazine, p.16-17




           Harpers Bazaar

           Separee Magazine, cover and p.80-85



           Glamour, p.62-66

           Huffington Post

           Teen Vogue

           The Telegraph

           The Daily Mail


           Paper Magazine

           Art Sheep




           Professional Jeweller

           The Guardian Weekend Magazine, p.63

           The Financial Times, How To Spend It

My favourite piece in the New Contemporaries show at Camden Art Centre is a video by artist and jewellery designer Lili Murphy-Johnson...

        Eva Wiseman, The Observer Magazine 4th            February 2024

This was my other highlight: [Lili Murphy-Johnson] gets a cheap ring from Accessorize, makes a facsimile and replaces it in the shop. It's incredibly funny while also being a sharp critique of the value we place on labour.

        Josh Spero, Associate Arts Editor at The              Financial Times

Lili Murphy-Johnson’s short but sublime film High Street Jewellery (2023)...

        Will Jennings, Plaster Magazine 22nd       

        January 2024

[Lili Murphy-Johnson's] unusual background makes for an incredibly unique take on the state of the objects

        Aesthetic Anthologies, 2023

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