Congratulations to Dr Peta Murray

Peta Murray in action. Photo by Lucy Crossett

Peta Murray in action. Photo by Lucy Crossett

We are delighted to announce that our co-founder Dr Peta Murray has taken up a position as Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Peta Murray set out, along with Kerrie Noonan, to tackle the stigma and taboo of death and the impact this discomfort has on our community and she has worked with us through numerous groundbreaking projects since we began in 2010. These include our Drama Project with Penrith High School, the Festivals of Remembrance,  Rookwood Cemetery and the HIDDEN Sculpture award project, our FilmLife project and a range of other community arts events.

With Peta’s guidance, GroundSwell’s achievements in arts and health have inspired others to do the same.

Peta Murray is best known as a playwright, but has had a long association with RMIT as a teacher, and more recently as a PhD candidate in the School of Media & Communication. Her experience as a dramaturge and theatre-maker informs her new role as a researcher and we know that she will continue to create advances in the application of transdisciplinary and arts-based practices as modes of inquiry and as forms of cultural activism in the end of life space.

We congratulate Peta on this acknowledgement of her contribution to arts, ageing and social change!

Kerrie NoonanComment