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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.

2004 - 2007    BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture & Environmental Art, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

2003 - 2004    Foundation in Art & Design, Leeds College of Art, Leeds


Awards, Grants & Prizes

2016      Light Art Project of the Year, Lighting Design Awards, London, UK (shortlisted)

             Aesthetica Art Prize, York (shortlisted)

             Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts Award

2015      Emerging Artist Bursary Award, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London

             Best Light Art Installation, Darc Awards, London, UK (finalist)

2013      Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts Award

2012      Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts Award

2011      The Title Art Prize, Manchester, UK (shortlisted)

             Woolgather Art Prize, Leeds, UK (shortlisted)

2010      Celeste International Art Prize, New York, USA (shortlisted)

             Northern Futures Awards, Barnsley, UK (winner People’s Choice Award)

             The National Open Art Competition, Chichester, UK (shortlisted)

             The London Photography Award, London, UK (shortlisted)



2016      Colour and Vision: Through the Eyes of Nature, Natural History Museum, London; commissioned by Natural              History Museum

             Public Art Commission, Stonehouse, Plymouth; commissioned by Take a Part CIC and Stonehouse Action

2015      Through No.3, Spinningfields, Manchester; commissioned by Castlefield Gallery, Allied London & Echo PR

             An Additive Mix, National Media Museum, Bradford; commissioned by Science Museum London

             Ainsdale Nature Reserve; commissioned by Natural England

             Subjective Mixtures #1, Bloc Billboard, Sheffield; commissioned by Bloc Projects

2014      Ride The Lights & Lumidogs, Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool; commissioned by LeftCoast

             Beyond Space, Woodlands Art Trail, Kendal Calling Festival; commissioned by Eden Arts

             PUTT PUTT #2, Lansdowne Walk, Croydon; commissioned by Turf Projects

2013      Consumed, Grosvenor Centre, Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield; commissioned by Barnaby Festival     



2016      Light + Building, Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany     

2014      Kurt Schwitter's Merz Barn, Ambleside, UK

             Mark Devereux Projects, Federation House, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Manchester, UK


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016      Autumn Lights, Little Moreton Hall, National Trust, Cheshire, UK (solo)

             Solstice Ritual, Penarth Pier Pavilion, Penarth, UK(solo) forthcoming

             Our Colour Reflection, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, UK

2015      Zenith Blue + Primary Red, ARCADECARDIFF, Cardiff, UK       

             The Light Room - Your Colour Perception, The Willis Museum, Basingstoke, UK

             Colour Collect, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, Bury, UK

             Coloured Interval, Ordsall Hall, Salford, UK

             Through, &model Gallery, Leeds, UK

             Your Colour Perception, Federation House, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Manchester, UK

2014      In the Window: Assaulting the Asphalt, Airspace Gallery, Stoke-On-Trent, UK

             An Additive Mixture, Gallery333, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK

             Sculpture Series, Mark Devereux Projects/Quays Culture, The Studios at MediaCityUK, Salford, UK

2013      On Brown & Violet Grounds, Piccadilly Place/Rogue Artists’ Studios, Manchester, UK

2012      Chroma, BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester, UK




Selected Group Exhibitions

2016      170 Years of Leeds College of Art, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK forthcoming   

             Aesthetica Art Prize, St. Mary’s, York, UK

             Bursary Awards Exhibition, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, UK

2015      Light Fantastic, National Media Museum, Bradford, UK

             Manchester Science Festival, Salford University, Salford, UK

             Light Night Leeds, The Crypt in Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, UK

             Soho Fluorescent Arts Festival (curated by Allenheads Contemporary Arts), 01Zero-One, London, UK

             No Grey Areas, Ha Ha Gallery, Southampton, UK

             Unnatural Pleasures, Radiant Gallery, Plymouth, UK

2014      Light Night Leeds, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK

2013      Synthesis, Victoria Warehouse Hotel, Manchester Science Festival, Manchester, UK

             Light Night, Millgate, Bury, UK

             Four, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK

2012      Beyond the Material World, Bar Lane Gallery, York, UK 

             World Event Young Artists, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, UK                             

             Still Here, Untitled BCN, Barcelona, Spain

             Inside, BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester, UK

             Fixation, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool, UK

2011      The Tomorrow People, Elevator Gallery, London, UK         

              At Play 3, South Hill Park, Bracknell, UK                           

              Colour, Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK

2010      Expectations, The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, New York, USA

             CUBE Open, Centre for the Urban Built Environment, Manchester, UK

             Ambience of Play, Greenroom, Manchester, UK

             Deptford X, Core Gallery, London, UK

             Collagerie, Stew Gallery, Norwich, UK


Artists Talks & Workshops

2016      Sculpture Slam Talks, Royal British Society of Sculptors, 18 May

             Real Colour: Light as Material, Light + Building, Frankfurt, 14 March

             Your Colour Perception, BDP, London, 12 January

2015      Light as an architectural material, lightspace dot London 2015, London, 18 November

             Shift, Finnish Art Agency, Helsinki, 29 October

             Artist Talk, Ordsall Hall, Salford, 18 October

             Artist Talk, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, Bury, 17 October

             Sculpture Slam Talks, Royal British Society of Sculptors, 30 September

             Through No.3, Manchester Contemporary / Buy Art Fair, Manchester, 25 September

             Nourishment, Roots and Wings, Hull, 30 July

             Your Colour Perception, Artist Talk, BDP, Manchester, 15 April

2014      Light Cycles, Workshop/s, LeftCoast, Blackpool, August & September

             Show & Tell, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 17 May

             Artist Talk (Future City Series), The University of Salford & Quays Culture, 2 April

2012      To be Colourblind, Workshop, The Addy ‐ Manchester Young Lives, Manchester, 8 August

             Chroma, Artist Talk, BLANKSPACE, Manchester, 12 April

             Repeat Symposium, Artist Talk, Norwich University College of the Arts, 25 January

2011      Music Matters, Artist Talk, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool, 16 April


Books, Magazines & Articles

2016      Liz West Interview by David McLeavy, YAC – Young Artists in Conversation, 18 February

             Enjoy Your Visit - Indoor Art Collection, Sandu Publishing,

             Lumitecture by Anna Yudina, Thames & Hudson, ISBN: 978-0500518342

             Mondo*Arc Magazine, Issue 89, February/March

             Total Lighting Magazine, February

             Attitude: Interior Design Magazine, Issue 67, January/February




2015      Lumière : La lumière dans l'art contemporain by Céline Delavaux, Palette, ISBN: 978-2358321952

             Lighting Magazine: Illumination in Architecture, Volume 47 Issue 6, December

             Frame Magazine, November/December

             Mondo*Arc Magazine, Issue 87, October/November

             Lighting Magazine: Illumination in Architecture, Volume 47 Issue 5, October

             Professional Lighting Design Magazine, No.99, September/October

             Mondo*Arc Magazine, Issue 86, August/September

             Interview with Liz West, Aesthetica Magazine Online, 27 June

             Work on the Line (Artist Book Collaboration with David Penny), Metal

             Professional Lighting Design Magazine, March/April

             Interior|Fashion Magazine (Germany)

             Hi Home Magazine (Russia)

             Frame Magazine, May/June

2014      In The City, Hanover Project/Victoria Lucas, ISBN: 978-0993036217

             Reunion: The Dallas Review, University of Texas, ISSN: 2160-2190  

             Constructing my Survival, EDGECondition, Art & Architecture, vol.3, September

             The Language of Mixed Media Sculpture, The Crowood Press Ltd, ISBN: 978-1847977212 

             Let there be light, Exeter Living, Issue 154 p.25, March

2013      Liz West: An artist with extra Spice, BBC News Online, 25 October

             Spicing up the art world, BBC1 Breakfast/Look North/North West Tonight, 25 October

             Private views: an unnecessary expense?, a-n Online, 9 October

             Artist Liz West and the Axisweb Opportunities Service, Axis Web/Artplayer

             Three, four, knock on the door, The Big Issue, Issue 962, 21 January

2012      Young, Gifted and British, Independent on Sunday, 26 August

             Interview: Liz West, Corridor 8, 28 September

             Chroma (exhibition catalogue), Kroma Press, ISBN: 978-0956768513

2011      The Title Art Prize (exhibition catalogue)

             Woolgather Art Prize (exhibition catalogue), East Street Arts, ISBN: 978-1906470081

2010      Celeste Art Prize (exhibition catalogue), Zel Edizioni, ISBN: 978-8896600238   

             Expectations New York/Berlin (exhibition catalogue), Zel Edizioni, ISBN: 978-8896600283   

             36EXP. (exhibition catalogue)

             A Moving Exhibition (exhibition catalogue), ISBN: 978-1445770680

2007      Talent of the First Degree, Jack Mottram, The Herald, 15 June, ISSN 1671-339



Leeds College of Art Artists’ Book Collection, UK

Glasgow School of Art, UK

Wiseman Galley, USA

Private Collections (UK and Austria)

Chamber Series

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