Approved: 09.12.2006

Tumim and Prendergast

Artist, Maker, Writer

Approved: 09.12.2006

"Tumim & Prendergast explore the concepts of our temporal existence and cast-off items we often ignore. Accident and chance also play a part alongside their characteristic humour (often dark). They offer us clues - to research further and of lives lived." (Art historian Lorna Johnston 2011)

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Biography

"Tumim & Prendergast explore the concepts of our temporal existence and cast-off items we often ignore. Accident and chance also play a part alongside their characteristic humour (often dark). They offer us clues - to research further and of lives lived." (Art historian Lorna Johnston 2011)

We use various forms to explore ideas relating to history, science, poetry and absurdity, through embroidered, painted and drawn ephemera and constructed scenarios. Sometimes we work and exhibit as independent individuals, using stitch, drawing, 3 dimensions or paint to converse with each other.  We also enjoy collaborating with groups of all ages, individual arts practitoners and those from other disciplines, including writers, composers, poets and scientists.

Each piece of work or installation project should beguile the eye of the viewer, the skills employed being integral to the concept behind each artwork. Many of our ideas develop "on the hoof", through the making process. By drawing, embellishing or embroidering replicas of "throw-away" items as tenderly and lovingly as we can, we are paying tribute to those who have lost or discarded them – for whatever reason. Each item we depict takes on a symbolic status that is part of a bigger picture. The ephemera that floats between all our lives, including images of fleeting moments, is sometimes more emotionally charged and tells more of a story than the objects or formal portraits and momentos we expect to be represented by.

Tumim & Prendergast 2017

CV & Education

Curriculum Vitae
Matilda Tumim & Chris Prendergast (BA, MA RCA)


Tumim & Prendergast
Residencies & Public Commissions
2012 - Balfour Hospital and Peedie Sea Centre Art Commission, Appointed by Grampian Hospitals Arts Trust (GHAT), Orkney 
2008 - 2nd Floor Lift Lobby, Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital (RACH)
2008 - "Favourite Things" doodles and jigsaw artworks for RACH, Glaitness Primary School, Kirkwall, Orkney
2008 - 'Wallflowers' artworks project in the nursery courtyard , St. Margaret's Hope Primary School, South Ronaldsay
2006 - pARTners Artists in Residence - Scottish Arts Council, Papdale Primary School, Kirkwall Orkney 

Private & Third Sector Commissions 
2012 - 73 LEAVES, For permanent display at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Main entrance NCVO headquarters, Islington, London 
2007 - "The Gallant Weaver" - choral settings of words by Robert Burns, CD cover artwork and design, To be widely distributed (see http://www.mayfield-singers.org/ for more details) 
2005 - "Constellation"- A drawing commission for 'Tullimentan' show case for the Arts in Orkney 
2005, The Pier Arts Centre, Touring around Orkney 

Exhibitions
2017 - THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary 
2016 - BOTTLED UP, Pier Arts Centre, Stromness
2012 - 73 LEAVES, Permanent wall installation, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Kings Cross, London
2012 - BREAD & ROSES, Motorcade Flash Parade, Bristol 
2012 - EMBROIDERED NARRATIVES, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield 
2011 - 73 LEAVES, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2011 - RETRIEVE, Limousine Bull, Aberdeen 
2009 - SMALL VOLUMES, Timespan, Helmsdale
2009 - TRAVELLING LIGHT, WW and Pharos Galleries, London and Venice Biennale 
2009 - IMPOSSIBLE EXCHANGE, Frieze Art Fair, London 
2008  - LAST POST, Corsespace, Aberdeenshire 
2008 - ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE - Permanent display, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH)
2007 - A YEAR OF CONSEQUENCE, The Orkney Museum, Kirkwall, Orkney 
2007 - CONSEQUENCES, The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney 
2006 - COUPLING, The Peedie Gallery, Arts Development Office, Orkney Island Council 
2005 - WEDDED, Stromness Public Library, Stromness, Orkney 
2004 - FOUL FlORA, WEIRD WAVES, The Loft Gallery, St.Margaret's Hope, Orkney 

Talks & Presentations
2010 - Threads and Leaves - A talk about our collaborative art practice, Heriot Watt School of Textiles, Galashiels 
2008 - A presentation of our work, The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney 
2007 - Consequences - a musical response, St. Magnus Festival, Kirkwall, Orkney 
2006 - Professional Practice and Crossover - a presentation, Highlands & Islands Visual Arts Gathering, Hi-Arts, The Macphail Centre, Ullapool 

Publications 
2011 – Cover of Hoopla - The Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain, and full chapter on the work of Tumim & Prendergast
2011 - Inclusion of "Promise" in Words are all we have by Rachel Marsden
2009 - Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital - Artworks 2 - a book celebrating the hospital's ongoing artwork programme 
2008 - Illustration of artwork in an Orkney Anthology of Poetry

 

Matilda Tumim
Education
1986-88  Post Graduate Fine Art  Painting, The Royal College of Art, London 
1982-85  Fine Art Degree, Falmouth School of Art 
1981-82  Art Foundation, Chelsea School of Art

Experience
2016 – 2018
Public partner (representing the public interest) on Programme Board for Our Voice. Presently sits on OMTG (overarching medicines and technologies group, HIS) 

2014 - present     
Public Partner (lay) for Healthcare Improvement Scotland

2014 
Guest Speaker at EULAR, Paris – subject: Telemedicine for Rheumatology

2013 - 2016 
NRAS Scottish Ambassador 

2004/09 
Elected visual arts representative, Orkney Arts Forum

Chris Prendergast
Education
1982-85  Fine Art Degree, Falmouth School of Art 
1981-82  Art Foundation, Winchester School of Art