Keith Murray

Dates: b.1929 - d.2005

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Keith Murray was born in Quetta (now in modern Pakistan) and spent his childhood in India. Murray studied at Central School of Art in London before joining Watts & Co (a prominent ecclesiastical firm). Already admired for his textile and embroidery designs he designed the coronation cope of Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher. Read more…

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Other artworks in churches by this artist:

Furnishings and architectural design (with Robert Maguire) at St Paul's Bow Common; St Matthew's Perry Beeches in Birmingham; All Saints Crewe; and the Church and Cloisters of West Malling in Kent.

Biography:

Keith Murray was born in Quetta (now in modern Pakistan) and spent his childhood in India. Murray studied at Central School of Art in London before joining Watts & Co (a prominent ecclesiastical firm). Already admired for his textile and embroidery designs he designed the coronation cope of Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher. The next year he was commissioned to work on the layout and fittings of the new chapel of the Royal Foundation of St Katherine in London. The architect for the project was Robert Maguire. This began ‘the breakthrough in postwar church design in which Maguire and Murray in partnership were pioneers.’ (1) Emphases on liturgical transformation, eg placing the altar in the centre, and the use of industrial materials such as concrete and brick defined what has become known as the Litugical Movement. Murray went on to co-found the New Churches Research Group that went on to design many churches as well as rethink and redesign many existing ones. Hallmarks of these designs are the use of natural light, the creation of a welcoming rather than rigid space, attention to the needs of the users of a building as well as the buildings relationship to its surrounding environment. (1) The Guardian on Tuesday 29 November 2005 on p32 of the Obituaries section.