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Happy Mondays - Deborah Murphy

In this week's Happy Mondays we talk with Deborah Murphy...

What are your current projects?  

World Science Festival Brisbane on behalf of the Queensland Museum.  I’m part of an exceptional group of people here at the Museum that are delivering the very first World Science Festival outside of New York.  
Where would we find you on a Monday morning and what would you most likely be doing?    

At my desk at the museum, looking out the window and thinking about what I’ve got to get done this week.
Where is your favourite cultural place in Queensland and why?

It's hard to go past the cultural precinct – it's got the best library in South East Asia, the best collection of Indigenous art in the country, it's home to the APT, it's got a Muttaburrasaurus (I love saying that word) and it's got the best of the performing arts and festivals in the country.  And it's easy to get there.
Who is your favourite scientist?  

I’m in constant awe of the scientists I’ve had the privilege to meet since being here at the Museum and their dedication but if I had to narrow it down I’d say Professor Ian Frazer for the work he and his colleagues did on the prevention of cervical cancer.  I and generations of women after me thank him.  And an honorary mention to the inventors of the television.  It gives countless hours of joy, drama, humour and companionship to so many.  But I still can't condone Cutthroat Kitchen.
Who is your favourite artist?  

Billy Missi.  I have 2 small works of his in my bedroom and I look at them most mornings.  It doesn’t matter how often I look at them I can still see something new.  He passed away in 2012 and it’s a great loss.



Deb MurphyDeb Murphy has extensive experience in the delivery of programming events and festivals having worked across Clancestry, a Celebration of Country, Out of the Box, Stage X and Brisbane Festival as well as QPAC’s International Series.  She has previous experience with QPAC, La Boite Theatre and before returning to Brisbane some years ago with Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney.



Feature image: 'Soft Coral', Gary Cranitch, Queensland Museum