Introducing our new Programme Coordinator, Harry Murdoch. Harry will be responsible for music within Unlimited, here he tells us a bit more about what he’ll be doing.
Hi, I’m Harry, and I’ve joined Unlimited as a part-time Programme Coordinator, based at Shape Arts three days a week. It’s still my first week, so I’m very much in the process of wrapping my head around everything that Unlimited does, but I’m very pleased to be here, and can’t wait to get started. I’m looking forward to supporting the work of disabled artists and promoting diversity within the arts. I’m particularly excited to develop my knowledge around the breadth of disability and accessibility.
I’ve spent the last two years co-producing the programme at Music Hackspace, based at Somerset House Studios, which I’ll continue to do two days a week. Here I focus on producing a diverse and accessible programme of workshops, talks and meetups focused on DIY music technology. I also have my own musical practice, making music with code and releasing it under the name hmurd, and am part of the label and events series Cherche Encore. I’m into experimental music and new music technologies enabling new sonic possibilities.
I’ve seen first-hand, both personally and professionally, how transformative and empowering arts can be for marginalised groups. As Programme Coordinator, I’ll be supporting the Unlimited team in organising events with our artists and partners. Appropriately, I’ll also be holding responsibility for music within the programme, and will be working with key allies to make sure excellent sound and music projects by disabled artists are being realised and represented.
I’ve felt very welcome so far, having spent time at both the Shape and Artsadmin offices. Both organisations are doing fundamental work in promoting disabled artists through Unlimited and I’m thrilled to be playing a part.