Photo: Liz West in Manchester, North West

Liz West


Liz West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. Working across a variety of mediums, West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour. West's investigation into the relationship between colour and light is often realised through an engagement between materiality and a given site.

Within physical and architectural space, West uses light as a material that radiates outside of its boundaries and containers. She playfully refracts light through using translucent, transparent or reflective materials, directing the flow of artificial light. Our understanding of colour can only be realised through the presence of light. By playing and adjusting colour, West brings out the intensity and composition of her spatial arrangements.

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Location Manchester, North West
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Built environment, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Project, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Public Art
Tags Colour, Site-specific, Manchester, Rogue Artists' Studios, Saturate, Environment, Sensory, Experience, Colour Theory, Responsive

News & Events

  • Liz West Artist Tour and Talk


    Artist Liz West will be hosting a tour and talk of her new site-specific work at Arcadecardiff.

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  • Zenith Blue + Primary Red

    17/12/2015 – 09/01/2016

    ARCADECARDIFF is delighted to present the first exhibition in Wales by Liz West. A psychical demonstration of colour mixing and optics which fills the space with radiant colour and luminous light.

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  • Visual Art Week Mexico 2016

    Liz has been invited to exhibit An Additive Mix outside Palacio de Bellas Artes at Visual Art Week Mexico in Mexico City in February 2016.

  • The Light Room: Your Colour Perception

    30/11/2015 – 02/01/2016
    Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery

    The Sainsbury Gallery will be transformed into an immersive experience by Liz West, creating the magical effect of walking through a rainbow.

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  • Coloured Interval at Ordsall Hall

    27/09/2015 – 31/01/2016
    Ordsall Hall, Salford

    West responds to the dark attic spaces at the Hall with a new body of work produced as a result of a dedicated period of research. Complimenting the installation will be West’s works on paper.

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  • Colour Collect at Bury Art Museum

    09/10/2015 – 27/02/2016
    Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

    Responding to Bury Museum’s collections and the contemporary display space, artist Liz West has created a unique exhibition exploring the themes of colour and light to coincide with Bury Light Night.

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  • Liz West winner of one of ten RBS Bursary Awards 2015

    West has won one of this years ten prestigious Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Awards. The RBS Bursary Awards 2015 are judged on outstanding talent for early career artists.