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Cara Murphy Silversmith

Cara Murphy trained as a silversmith at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Since the early 1990's Cara has run her own silversmithing practice in Northern Ireland creating silverware for both private and public commission.

Her silver tableware is represented in many national and international public and private collections including: The Silver Trust Collection at Downing Street; the Arts Council of Northern Ireland; the Ulster Museum; the National Museum of Ireland; the Shipley Art Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne; Aberdeen Art Gallery; the Arts Council an Chomhairle Ealaoin; the Irish Embassy Collection and the Royal College of Art, London.

Cara works mainly to commission and exhibits her silverware internationally. Her award winning silver tableware has been showcased in numerous high profile applied art and silversmithing exhibitions. During her career Cara has also created many prestigious awards, which have been presented by prominent dignitaries.

Cara, who is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, has her work represented and promoted by both the Crafts Council of Ireland's Irish Craft Portfolio: Critical Selection and Craft NI's C3 (Collecting Contemporary Craft). She is a selected member of the Contemporary British Silversmiths and of Who's Who in Gold and Silver.

In addition to her practice Cara leads research in contemporary silversmithing at the Ulster University where she is an Associate Lecturer in Silversmithing and Jewellery on the BA Hons Contemporary Applied Arts course.