Bruce Munro is best known for his large immersive light-based installations inspired primarily by his interest in shared human experience and connection. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts at Bristol Polytechnic in 1982, but “felt at 23 he was too young to take up art full time”.
In 1984 he travelled to Australia, intending it to be a six-month holiday. Munro took on a variety of odd jobs before settling on design and lighting, inspired by Australia’s light and landscape. Munro became an Australian citizen in 1990 and holds dual nationality with the United Kingdom.
Before Munro returned to England in 1992 both he and his fiancé (now wife) Serena went on a road trip from New South Wales to the Northern Territory; a journey from which he has drawn much inspiration. He settled in Wiltshire where he raised four children with Serena. Following his father’s death in 1999, Munro felt compelled to resume artmaking on a personal level.
His work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection, Buckinghamshire and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. It is held in museum collections internationally including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. He has exhibited all over the world including Australia, United Kingdom, United States, South Korea, Scandinavia, Mexico and United Arab Emirates.
Message from BRUCE
It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to create an exhibition for Darwin. This cosmopolitan city has changed a great deal since my last visit in January 1992. Darwin is a jewel that sparkles under a tropical sun… it has much to offer the discerning traveller in one of the remotest parts of the globe. The theme of the exhibition is uniquely all about Darwin.
On my recent visit in July 2018, I was lucky enough to witness and truly absorb its natural beauty, unique wildlife, welcoming locals and glorious sunsets.
All of these incredible experiences both captivated and inspired me to create this exhibition.