Approved: 08.06.2010

Liz West


Approved: 08.06.2010

Liz West is a Manchester-based artist (b.1985) who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2007. West’s broad body of work encompasses wall-based artwork, sculpture, and site-specific installations.

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    Artist Statement

    Liz West is a Manchester-based artist (b.1985) who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2007. West’s broad body of work encompasses wall-based artwork, sculpture, and site-specific installations.

    West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. 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. 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.

    West has been commissioned worldwide by institutions and organisations including Natural History Museum, National Trust, National Science and Media Museum, Natural England, Allied London, Grosvenor, British Land, Leftcoast, Bloc Projects, Salford University, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Eden Arts and Bristol Biennial. West's work has been included in exhibitions with Chester Cathedral, Compton Verney, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Cornerhouse, Brunel University, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, UK Young Artists and Royal British Society of Sculptors in the UK, as well as internationally at Kraftwerk Berlin and The Invisible Dog in New York. Permanent works are sited in London, Manchester and Bury. Her work has been widely published including by Wallpaper*, FRAME Magazine, The Creator's Project, Design Boom, Huffington Post, Colossal, Thames & Hudson, The World of Interiors, The Times and The Independent.

    CV & Education

    Selected Solo Exhibitions / Presentations


    Presence, Christ Church (Barnaby Festival), Macclesfield, UK


    In Physical Reality, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland 

    Through No.3, Duke of York Square (Kensington + Chelsea Art Week), London, UK

    Colour-ways: Light works by Liz West, The Wilson, Cheltenham, UK (available online only)


    Our Colour Reflection, Bangalore International Centre (Bengaluru By Design), Bangalore, India 

    Dans la Lumière, Beaulieu-en-Rouergue Abbey, France

    Live Colour, Clerkenwell Design Week, London, UK

    Aglow, Milan Design Week, Piazza Belgioioso, Milan, Italy

    Our Colour Reflection, St Albans Museum + Gallery, St Albans, UK


    Colour Field, The Civic, Barnsley, UK 

    Aglow, Paris Fashion Week, Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris, France / Dubai Design District, Dubai, UAE

    Our Colour Reflection, Chester Cathedral, Chester, UK


    Autumn Lights, Little Moreton Hall, National Trust, Cheshire, UK

    Our Colour, Bristol Biennial, Bristol, UK

    Solstice Ritual, Penarth Pier Pavilion, Penarth, UK

    Our Colour Reflection, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, St. Marks Church, London, Broadgate, London, UK


    Zenith Blue + Primary Red, ARCADECARDIFF, Cardiff, UK

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

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


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


    Chroma, BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester, UK


    Selected Commissions


    Slow Revolution, Greengate, Salford; Commissioned by Salford City Council (forthcoming)

    Through No.4, MediaCityUK, Salford; Commissioned by Quays Culture (forthcoming)

    Hymn to the Big Wheel, Canary Wharf, London; Commissioned by Canary Wharf

    Hundreds and Thousands, The Tide, London; Commissioned by Greenwich Peninsula


    Our Melody Unwound, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Liverpool; Commissioned by Clatterbridge Cancer Charity 


    Iri-Descent, Fortnum and Mason, London; Commissioned by London Design Festival 

    Swathe, Browns East, London; Commissioned by Browns Fashion

    ITV Ident (May 13 - 19); Commissioned by ITV Creative


    Aglow, Paris / Dubai / Milan; Commissioned by Nemozena

    Colour Transfer, Paddington Central, London; Commissioned by British Land

    A Subjective Mix, The National Festival of Marking, Blackburn; Commissioned by Deco Publique


    Sevenfold, Bury; Commissioned by The Met Theatre

    Our Spectral Vision, Colour and Vision Exhibition, London; Commissioned by Natural History Museum


    Through No.3, Spinningfields, Manchester; Commissioned by Castlefield Gallery and Allied London 

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


    Selected Group Exhibitions


    Colors, etc, Tripostal, Lille, France


    The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Online


    Luce, Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London, UK

    Abstract Allies, Zuleika Gallery, London, UK 

    Colour Snap, Art and Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, UK


    Perspective Playground, Kraftwerk, Berlin, Germany

    Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK

    Drawing for Sculpture, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, UK

    Winter Lights Festival, Canary Wharf, London, UK


    Colour Wheel, Vernon Street Gallery, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK

    Aesthetica Art Prize, York St Mary’s, York Museums Trust, York, UK

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


    Light Fantastic, National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, UK

    Unnatural Pleasures, Radiant Gallery, Plymouth, UK


    Synthesis, Victoria Warehouse Hotel (part of Manchester Science Festival), Manchester, UK

    Four, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK


    World Event Young Artists, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, UK                             

    Still Here, Untitled BCN, Barcelona, Spain


    The Tomorrow People, Elevator Gallery, London, UK         

    At Play 3, South Hill Park, Bracknell, UK   

    The Title Art Prize, Manchester, UK                        

    Colour, Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK

    Woolgather Art Prize, Leeds, UK 


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

    Deptford X, Core Gallery, London, UK

    Collagerie, Stew Gallery, Norwich, UK

    Celeste International Art Prize, New York, USA 

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

    The National Open Art Competition, Chichester, UK 


    Awards & Prizes


    Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts Award


    RBS Bursary Award 2015, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London


    Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts Award


    Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts Award


    Artists Talks


    Barnaby Festival, Christ Church, Macclesfield, 26 June

    Colour Talk, The Interdisciplinary Colour Association Belgium (ICA-Belgium), Online, 23 May

    How To Be Brilliant At Celebrating Colour, Institution of Lighting Professionals, Online, 10 May

    Lighting Design Course, Boston College, USA/Online,19 April

    nternational Creative Business Basics Course, The University of the Arts, Helsinki/Online, 14 April

    Colour Illuminated: Liz West in Conversation with Kaia Charles, Online, 6 April

    Iridescence Day, Colour Group (GB), Online, 3 February


    Reflections - Halo Artist Panel, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland, 30 October

    Bridget Riley: Painting and Perception, Southbank Centre, London, 18 January


    Istanbul Light, Turkey, 20 September

    Clerkenwell Design Week, London, 23 May

    Domus Clerkenwell, London, 21 May

    Milan Design Week, Zona K, Milan, 9 April

    Stockholm, Sweden, 12 February 

    Battersea Power Station West, London, 16 January


    Science Museum Lates, London, 28 November 

    Chester Cathedral, Chester, 27 February

    super/collider presents, Second Home, London, 20 February


    Lysets Dag, Oslo, Norway, 22 November

    Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, 8 March

    University of South Wales, Pontypridd Campus, Treforest, 2 February

    University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, 18 January


     Good Morning House, Suwon, South Korea 16 November

    UK Young Artists National Festival, University of Derby, Derby, 4 November

    IALD Enlighten Americas at Sheraton Convention Centre, Mexico, 14 October

    Lysets Dag at Dansk Centre for Lys, Copenhagen, Denmark, 7 October

    IALD Lighting Perspectives at Light + Building, Frankfurt, Germany,14 March

    BDP, London, 14 January


     LightspacedotLondon at Lux Live, Excel Centre, London, 18 November

    Nourishment, Roots and Wings, Hull, 30 July

    BDP, Manchester, 15 April


    Cornerhouse, Manchester, 17 May

    Future City Series, The University of Salford & Quays Culture, 2 April


    Press and Publication History

    One Artist, One Material: Fifty-five makers on their medium, Frame Publishers, 2018, ISBN: 978-9492311276

    MIX Magazine, Issue 55, Autumn Winter 2020/21

    Ljuskultur Magazine, March 2019

    Architectural Digest Middle East Magazine, February 2019

    New Media Installation, Gingko Press, 2018, ISBN: 978-1584237181

    Lust for Light - Illuminated Works by Hannah Stouffer, Gingko Press, 2018, ISBN: 978-1584236818

    One Artist, One Material: Fifty-five makers on their medium, Frame Publishers, 2018, ISBN: 978-9492311276

    MIX Magazine, Issue 55, Autumn Winter 2020/21

    Architectural Digest Middle East Magazine, February 2019

    Mondo Magazine, Issue 96, February/March 2017

    Emboss Magazine, Issue 6 (USA), 2017

    IW Magazine, January (China), 2017

    Design Magazine, January (South Korea), 2017

    Professional Lighting Design Magazine, No. 103, November/December 2016

    One Artist / One Material, FRAME Magazine, November/December, 2016

    Lumitecture: Illuminating Interiors for Designers and Architects by Anna Yudina, Thames & Hudson, 2016, ISBN: 978-0500518342

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

    Frame Magazine, November/December 2015

    Mondo*Arc Magazine, Issue 87, October/November 2015

    Lighting Magazine: Illumination in Architecture,  Volume 47 Issue 5, October 2015

    Professional Lighting Design Magazine, No.99, September/October 2015

    Mondo*Arc Magazine, Issue 86, August/September 2015

    Work on the Line (Artist Book Collaboration with David Penny), 2015, Metal

    Professional Lighting Design Magazine, No.97, March/April 2015

    Interior|Fashion Magazine (Germany), 2015

    Hi Home Magazine (Russia), 2015

    Frame Magazine, May/June 2015