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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  • Location: Dundee, Scotland
  • Activities: Arts in health, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions, Studio practice
  • Categories: Education project, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Public Art, Text, Textiles, Arts in health, Collaboration, Commission, Early years education, Exhibition, Open studio, Practice-based research, Primary education, Residency, Studio / project space, Studio practice
  • Tags: Painting, Drawing, Public Art Commissions, Collage, Stitch, Miniatures, Constructions, Collaboration, Arts in Educational settings, Arts in Health and Care settings


"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 collaboroating with groups of all ages, individual arts practioners and those from other disciplines, including writers, composers, poets and sceintists.

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

Qualifications and training 1988 - Post Graduate Fine Art - Painting, The Royal College of Art, London 1985 - Fine Art Degree, Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth Solo exhibitions 2011 - RETRIEVE, Limousine Bull, Aberdeen 2009 - Small Volumes (Showcase artists), Timespan, Helmsdale, North Scotland 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 Group exhibitions 2012 - Bread & Roses, Motorcade Flash Parade, Bristol 2012 - Embroidered Narratives, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield 2011 - 73 LEAVES - an installation, the SSA annual exhibition, the Royal Scottish Academy, Princes Street, Edinburgh 2011 - Open Windows, Stromness - a St Magnus Festival exhibition, J.B Rosey's drapery shop window 2009 - TRAVELLING LIGHT, WW and Pharos Galleries, London and Venice Biennale 2008 - Last Post, Corsespace, Aberdeenshire 2007 - CAMP, Churchill Barrier no.4. , Orkney 2007 - SHRINE, UNTITLED visual artists group, Stromness Curated projects 2009 - Open Call - "Impossible Exchange", Curators Fillipa Oliviera & Miguel Amado - Frieze Art Fair, London 2004 - Wave, Studio Installation, Outertown, Stromness, Orkney Live/Performance 2007 - Celebration of Tumim Prendergast's Residency - musical response to 'Consequence' paintings, Papdale Primary School, St. Magnus Festival, The atrium of Papdale School, Kirkwall, Orkney Artist talks 2010 - Talk about our collaborative art practice - threads and leaves , Heriot Watt School of Textiles, Galashiels 2008 - A walk around artists' talk, The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney 2006 - Presentation - "Professional Practice and Crossover", Highlands & Islands Visual Arts Gathering - Hi~Arts, The Macphail Centre, Ullapool Residencies 2006 - pARTners Artists in Residence - Scottish Arts Council, Papdale Primary School, Kirkwall Orkney Private commissions 2007 - "The Gallant Weaver" - choral settings of words by Robert Burns, CD cover artwork and design, To be widely distributed (see 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 Public commissions 2012 - 73 LEAVES, For permanent display at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Main entrance NCVO headquarters, Islington, London 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), A permanent installation created through collaboration with primary school children, patients and staff 2008 - 'Wallflowers' artworks project in the nursery courtyard , St. Margaret's Hope Primary School, South Ronaldsay, Orkney 2007 - 'Root', Papdale Primary School, Kirkwall Orkney 2006 - Consequence - pARTners (Scottish Arts Council) commission - eight large site specific paintings , Papdale Primary School, Kirkwall, Orkney Projects 2011 - Inclusion of "Promise" in "Words are all we have", Rachel Marsden curator-researcher-writer , Birmingham 2010 - Axis project - Travelling Moleskine contributor to "Americana"- video 2011, Axis -, Travelling/ Axis Educational experience - early years 2008 - Nursery Playground artwork project, St Margaret's Hope Primary School nursery playground, South Ronaldsay, Orkney Educational experience - primary 2009 - "Hippo Dreams of Camel Trekking in Morocco", Glaitness Primary School, Kirkwall, Orkney 2008 - "Favourite Things" doodles and jigsaw artworks for RACH, Glaitness Primary School, Kirkwall, Orkney 2007 - , STV - North Tonight, Scotland Educational experience - tertiary 2010 - Art/ Science Vignettes - research, Heriot Watt School of Textiles, Gallashiels, Scotland Publications 2011 - Hoopla - The Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain. Tumim & Prendergast are featured and their "hippo traveller" used as cover image. 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