Approved: 08.06.2010

Liz West

Artist

Approved: 08.06.2010

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.

Read more ...

  • Location: Manchester, North West
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Built environment, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions
  • Categories: Project, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Public Art
  • Tags: Colour, Site-specific, Saturate, Environment, Sensory, Colour Theory, Light, Light Installation, Experiential, Site Responsive
 
 

News

     

    Biography

    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.

    CV & Education

    EDUCATION

    • 2007 - Glasgow School of Art, B.A in Fine Art: Sculpture and Environmental Art
    • 2004 - Leeds College of Art, Foundation Diploma in Fine Art

     

    AWARDS, GRANTS & PRIZES

    • 2016 - Aesthetica Art Prize, York St. Mary's, York, UK (shortlisted)
    • 2016 - Light Art Project of the Yeat, Lighting Design Awards, London, UK (shortlisted)
    • 2016 - Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts, Individual Award
    • 2015 - RBS Bursary Award 2015, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, UK
    • 2015 - Best Light Art Installation, Darc Awards, London, UK (finalist)
    • 2013 - Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts, Research and Development Grant
    • 2012 - Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts, Individual Award
    • 2011 - The Title Art Prize, Manchester, UK (shortlisted)
    • 2011 - Woolgather Art Prize, Leeds, UK (shortlisted)
    • 2010 - Celeste International Art Prize, New York, USA (shortlisted)
    • 2010 - Northern Futures Awards, Barnsley, UK  (winner People’s Choice Award)
    • 2010 - The National Open Art Competition, Chichester, UK (shortlisted)
    • 2010 - The London Photography Award, London, UK (shortlisted)

     

    COMMISSIONS

    • 2016 - Sevenfold, The Met, Bury; Commissioned by The Bury Metropolitan Arts Association
    • 2016 - Living In Colour, Plymouth; Commissioned by Take A Part and Stonehouse Action
    • 2015 - Through No.3, Spinningfields, Manchester; commissioned by Castlefield Gallery, Allied London & Echo PR              
    • 2015 - An Additive Mix, National Media Museum, Bradford; commissioned by Science Museum London              
    • 2015 - Public Art Work, Ainsdale Nature Reserve; commissioned by Natural England              
    • 2015 - Subjective Mixtures #1, Bloc Billboard, Sheffield; commissioned by Bloc Projects
    • 2014 - Intervals, Light Night Leeds, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds; commissioned by Leeds City Council
    • 2014 - Ride The Lights & Lumidogs, Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool; commissioned by LeftCoast
    • 2014 - Beyond Space, Woodlands Art Trail, Kendal Calling Festival; commissioned by Eden Arts
    • 2014 - PUTT PUTT #2, Lansdowne Walk, Croydon; commissioned by Turf Projects
    • 2013 - An Additive Mixture, Light Night, Millgate, Bury; commissioned by The Hamilton Project    
    • 2013 - Consumed, Grosvenor Centre, Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield; commissioned by Barnaby Festival     

     

    RESIDENCIES

    • 2014 - Kurt Schwitter's Merz Barn, Cylinders Estate, Ambleside, UK
    • 2014 - Projects: Manchester, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Manchester, UK

     

    SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

    • 2016 - Colour Wheel, Vernon Street Gallery, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK
    • Autumn Lights, Little Moreton Hall, National Trust, Cheshire, UK (solo)
    • 2016 - Colour and Vision: Through the eyes of Narure, Natural History Museum, London, UK
    • 2016 - Our Colour Reflection, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, St. Mark's Church and Broadgate, London, UK (Solo)
    • 2016 - Solstice Ritual, Penarth Pier Pavilion, Penarth, UK (solo)
    • 2015 - Zenith Blue + Primary Red, ARCADECARDIFF, Cardiff, UK (solo)
    • 2015 - The Light Room - Your Colour Perception, The Willis Museum, Basingstoke, UK (solo)
    • 2015 - Colour Collect, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, Bury, UK (solo)      
    • 2015 - Coloured Interval, Ordsall Hall, Salford, UK (solo)              
    • 2015 - Manchester Science Festival, Salford University, Salford, UK              
    • 2015 - Your Colour Perception, Light Night Leeds, The Crypt in Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, UK              
    • 2015 - Light Fantastic, National Media Museum, Bradford, UK              
    • 2015 - Soho Fluorescent Arts Festival (curated by Allenheads Contemporary Arts), 01Zero-One, London, UK
    • 2015 - Through, &Model, Leeds, UK (solo)
    • 2015 - No Grey Areas, Ha Ha Gallery, Southapmton, UK
    • 2015 - Unnatural Pleasures, Radiant Space, Plymouth, UK
    • 2015 - Fingers Crossed, Cardroom, Manchester, UK
    • 2015 - Your Colour Perception, Federation House, Manchester, UK (solo)
    • 2014 - In the Window: Assaulting the Asphalt, Airspace Gallery, Stoke-On-Trent, UK (solo)
    • 2014 - Sculpture Series/Future Cities, Mark Devereux Projects/Quays Culture, MediaCityUK, UK (solo)
    • 2014 - An Additive Mixture, Gallery333, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK (solo)
    • 2013 - Synthesis, Victoria Warehouse Hotel, Manchester, UK 
    • 2013 - On Brown & Violet Grounds, Piccadilly Place/Rogue Artists’ Studios, Manchester, UK (solo)
    • 2013 - Four (awarded commission), Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
    • 2012 - Beyond the Material World, Bar Lane Gallery, York, UK 
    • 2012 - World Event Young Artists, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, UK   
    • 2012 - Still Here, Untitled BCN, Barcelona, Spain 
    • 2012 - Chroma, BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester, UK (solo)
    • 2012 - Inside, BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester, UK
    • 2012 - Spectrum, Broadstone Mill Gallery, Stockport, UK 
    • 2012 - Where Do We Go From Here?, Wiseman Gallery, Oregon, USA
    • 2012 - Fixation, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool, UK
    • 2012 - Kitsch, Broadwalk Arts, Bristol, UK 
    • 2012 - The Tomorrow People, Elevator Gallery, London, UK
    • 2012 - Manchester Art Crawl, Kraak Gallery, Manchester, UK 
    • 2011 - At Play 3, South Hill Park, Bracknell, UK
    • 2011 - Colour, Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK
    • 2011 - Expectations, The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, New York, USA
    • 2010 - CUBE Open, Centre for the Urban Built Environment, Manchester, UK
    • 2010 - Ambience of Play, Greenroom, Manchester, UK
    • 2010 - Deptford X, Core Gallery, London, UK 
    • 2010 - 36EXP., Easa HQ Gallery, Manchester, UK
    • 2010 - Collagerie, Stew Gallery, Norwich, UK
    • 2010 - Drift–The Third Annual Drawing Exhibition, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK

       

      ARTISTS TALKS & WORKSHOPS

                         

      •  2016 - Artist Talk, Good Morning House, Suwon, South Korea, 16 November
      • 2016 - Artist Talk, UK Young Artists National Festival, University of Derby, Derby, 4 November
      • 2016 - What is Your Color Perception? An Artist's Perspective, IALD Enlighten Americas at Sheraton Convention Center, Mexico, 14 October
      • 2016 - Artist Talk, Lighting Day at Dansk Center for Lys, Copenhagen, Denmark, 7 October
      • 2016 - Artist Talk, IALD Lighting Perspectives at Light+Building, Frankfurt, Germany,14 March
      • 2016 - Artist Talk, BDP, London, 14 January     
      • 2015 - Light as architechural material, LuxLive, Excel Centre, London, 18 November
      • 2015 - Nourishment, Roots and Wings, Hull, 30 July              
      • 2015 - Your Colour Perception, Artist Talk, BDP, Manchester, 15 April
      • 2014 - Light Cycles, Workshop/s, LeftCoast, Blackpool, August & September
      • 2014 - Show & Tell, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 17 May
      • 2014 - Artist Talk, University of Salford, Media City UK Campus, Salford, 10 April
      • 2012 - To be Colourblind, Workshop, The Addy - Manchester Young Lives, Manchester, 8 August
      • 2012 - Chroma, Artist Talk, BLANKSPACE, Manchester, 12 April
      • 2012 - Repeat Symposium, Artist Talk, Norwich University College of the Arts, 25 January
      • 2011 - Music Matters, Artist Talk, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool, 16 April

       

      CATALOGUES, BOOKS & REVIEWS

      • LUMITECTURE, 2016, Thames & Hudson 
      • Frame Magazine, 2015, November/December
      • Work on the Line (Artist Book Collaboration with David Penny), 2015, Metal
      • Professional Lighting Design Magazine, 2015, March/April 
      • Interior|Fashion Magazine (Germany), 2015 
      • Hi Home Magazine (Russia), 2015 
      • Frame Magazine, 2015, May/June
      • In The City, Hanover Project/Victoria Lucas, 2014. ISBN: 978-0993036217
      • Reunion: The Dallas Review, University of Texas, 2014. ISSN: 2160-2190  
      • Constructing my Survival, EDGECondition, Art & Architecture, vol.3, September 2014
      • The Language of Mixed Media Sculpture, The Crowood Press Ltd, 2014. ISBN: 978-1847977212 
      • Let there be light, Exeter Living, Issue 154 p.25, March 2014 
      • Liz West: An artist with extra Spice, BBC News Online, 25 October 2013
      • Spicing up the art world, BBC1 Breakfast/Look North/North West Tonight,  25 October 2013
      • Private views: an unnecessary expense?, a-n Online, 9 October 2013
      • Artist Liz West and the Axisweb Opportunities Service, Axis Web/Artplayer, 2013
      • Three, four, knock on the door, The Big Issue,  Issue 962, 21 January 2013
      • Young, Gifted and British, Independent on Sunday,  26 August 2012
      • Interview: Liz West, Corridor 8, 28 September 2012
      • Chroma (exhibition catalogue), Kroma Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0956768513
      • The Title Art Prize (exhibition catalogue), 2011   
      • Woolgather Art Prize (exhibition catalogue), East Street Arts, 2011. ISBN: 978-1906470081
      • Celeste Art Prize ( exhibition catalogue), Zel Edizioni, 2010. ISBN: 978-8896600238 
      • Expectations New York/Berlin (exhibition catalogue), Zel Edizioni, 2010. ISBN: 978-8896600283   
      • 36EXP. (exhibition catalogue), 2010
      • A Moving Exhibition (exhibition catalogue), 2010. ISBN: 978-1445770680
      • Talent of the First Degree, Jack Mottram, The Herald, 15 June 2007. ISSN 1671-339

       

      COLLECTIONS

      • Allied London, Manchester, UK
      • The Met Theatre, Bury, UK
      • Leeds College of Art Artists’ Book Collection, Leeds, UK
      • Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK
      • Wiseman Gallert, USA
      • Private Collection