Friday, 9 September 2016

Liz West makes new work Our Colour for Bristol Biennial

Liz West | Our Colour
Bristol Biennial

Exhibition open 10am - 7pm until 10 September 2016

What does it feel like to be inside a colour? Does colour change the way you feel? For the 2016 edition of the Bristol Biennial Liz West invites visitors to drench themselves in the spectrum.

West has transformed architectural space and turned colour into an immersive and embodied experience by refracting light through carefully arranged coloured theatre gels. A vivid world is created, exploring our individual visual perception and how colour affects our senses.

This new artwork is part of a series by artist Liz West under the umbrella title Your Colour Perception that began in a residency at Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces Federation House last year in Manchester. Our Colour is an immersive light installation, developed with experts and designed as an experiment in human colour perception. Using light as a sculptural material, the artist explores the physical, emotional and psychological effects of colour within a space.

Liz says “Most people rarely have the experience of being completely immersed in pure colour. I observe that after moving through the space – walking, running, dancing – and experiencing every colour, people often go back to the colour they find most comfortable; they will then stand, sit or lay there for some time to reflect.”  

For further details about Our Colour, opening times and information about the future projects please visit or
Bristol Biennial
The Pithay

Free Entry

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Liz West brings Our Colour Reflection installation to Grade I listed Mayfair building

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland is hosting Liz West’s ‘Our Colour Reflection’ installation at the St Mark’s building, a former church on North Audley Street, Mayfair, from 4-17 July 2016. The ten-day exhibition is open to the public and free to attend.

The exhibition is part of a wider initiative to open up the space to the public before it undergoes a £5m repair and restoration programme starting later this year. Grosvenor plans to redevelop this West End landmark heritage building to create a new retail, restaurant and community hub. The building will provide a meeting space for the community as well as 14,500 sq ft of shops and restaurants when it reopens to the public in late 2017.

Liz West, artist, said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to exhibit my site-specific work “Our Colour Reflection” within the beautiful architecture of St Mark’s in London. Our Colour Reflection creates a conversation between the viewer and the setting using more than 765 mirrors made of coloured acrylic. There are 15 colours in all and the mirrors with diameters of 30, 40, 50 and 60cm are set at different heights so that they reflect up onto the architecture and reveal parts of the building that would otherwise be invisible, projecting colour up into the historic interior.”

Will Bax, Placemaking Director, London estate at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the public to see inside one of the West End’s most historic buildings and a chance to enjoy the work of a renowned British artist. We are looking forward to seeing how Liz’s work showcases the building’s beautiful architecture and striking features for all to appreciate.

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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Worldwide press coverage of Our Colour Reflection

I am delighted that my current exhibition Our Colour Reflection at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe has been receiving a phenomenal amount of press coverage from all over the world. Below is a selection of some of the articles: 
- The Times (page 4. Saturday 21st May)

- Design Ideas -
- CNN -

Friday, 13 May 2016

Liz West presents Our Colour Reflection at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

Liz West 
Our Colour Reflection
14 May - 25 June 2016

20-21 Visual Arts Centre is delighted to present Our Colour Reflection, an ambitious new work by artist Liz West. The installation will transform the interior of the former St John’s Church building housing the gallery by using over 700 mirrors to reflect the gallery lighting into the roofspace, projecting colour up into the historic interior. Viewers will see themselves in the mirrored surfaces as they explore the space - creating a dialogue between viewer, artwork and architecture. 

Liz West creates installations that use light and colour to transform spaces, and people’s experience of them. She aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer, tapping into our deeply entrenched relationship with colour, and exploring how it can move viewers, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.

Based in Manchester, Liz West studied at The Glasgow School of Art. Previous large-scale works have included Your Colour Perception, which had visitors returning to Manchester’s Federation House time and time again to witness the space saturated in colour, and her acclaimed installation An Additive Mix at the National Media Museum. Recent months have seen her shortlisted for the prestigious Aesthetica Art Prize, receiving a Bursary Award from the Royal Society of British Sculptors, and complete a major public-realm commission in the Spinningfields district of Manchester.

Our Colour Reflection has been made possible by funding from The National Lottery through Arts Council England. 

Friday 13 May 2016 
Launch Event 7pm to 10pm  
Coinciding with the national Museums at Night event, Liz West and 20-21 Visual Arts Centre invite you to the launch of Our Colour Reflection. The event includes activities suitable for all ages, and include interventions by video and installation artist Gillian Hobson from 8.30pm. 

Saturday 25 May 2016 
Drop-in Family Workshop with Liz West 10am to 4pm
 Join artist Liz West to create a new temporary artwork in the gallery education room. Suitable for all ages. Children remain the responsibility parents/ carers at all times. 10am to 4pm, free, drop-in.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre 
Church Square
North Lincolnshire
DN15 6TB 

Open Tuesday to Saturday
10am to 4pm
Free Entry 
Tel: 01724 297070 

About 20-21 Visual Arts Centre 20-21
 Visual Arts Centre is a North Lincolnshire Council cultural services venue and is supported by funding from Arts Council England as part of their National Portfolio of venue. Set in the neo-gothic former St John’s Church building just outside Scunthorpe town centre, the building hosts a busy café and shop and hosts a varied programme of contemporary art, design and craft exhibitions. Since opening in 2001 the gallery has received over 500,000 visitors. The building has recently undergone a £600,000 refurbishment.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Liz West - Coming up this Spring

Through No. 3, 2015. Photo credit: Adam Pester Photography
Spring is coming... 

I have been overwhelmed with your kind responses to my first public art commission Through No. 3. Originally destined to only be shown for 6 weeks over the Christmas period, the work is on view indefinitely in Spinningfields, Manchester. If you are in Manchester over the next few months, be sure to track it down, especially if it is a rare sunny day! 

I am delighted to have recently been shortlisted for this years Aesthetica Art Prize and will be exhibiting work in the Art Prize exhibition Opening on 13 April at York St. Mary's. Having been chosen to receive one of the RBS Bursary Awards, I will be showing brand new work in the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary group exhibition, previewing on 16 March. Also, I am honoured to have my work presented in a new Thames & Hudson publication 'Lumitecture: Illuminating Interiors For Designers & Architects' by Anna Yudina, which is out now. 

Over the Spring months there will be several opportunities to see and experience my work. Below I have listed some upcoming opportunities that you may be interested in. You can find more information about my work by visiting

New Site-Specific Installation

Liz will be artist-in-residence and unveiling a brand new installation at Light + Building in Frankfurt on 14th and 15th March.

Complementary Saturation is a new site-specific spatial installation exploring the relationship between complementary colours and on the people experiencing them. The work has been commissioned by the
International Association of Lighting Designers and sponsored by Lumenpulse.

Liz will be giving a free artist talk as part of the IALD's Lighting Perspectives seminar at 10.45am on 14th March. Click
HERE for more information.


Upcoming Group Exhibition

Liz will be showing new works in the Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) Bursary exhibition. Each year the RBS Bursary Awards are given to 10 early career artists working in 3 dimensions judged to be of outstanding talent. Integral to the society’s aim to promote the diverse language of contemporary sculpture, the Bursary Awards provide a platform to emerging sculptors to realise their full potential in the professional sphere.  

Preview: 16 March 2016, 6.30 - 8.30pm. Open from 17 March - 20 May 2016, Wednesday - Friday 12.30 - 5.30pm (or by appointment).


Shortlisted for Art Prize
Liz has been shortlisted for this years Aesthetica Art Prize and exhibition. Showcasing cutting-edge practice from today’s ground-breaking contemporary artists.

Celebrating individual mediums whilst recognising the richness of interdisciplinary practice, the 2016 selection is distributed across the categories of Photographic and Digital Art; Painting and Drawing; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture, and Video, Installation and Performance. Open from 14 April - 31 May 2016 at
York St. Mary's.

Work in New Publication
Liz has work presented in the new Thames & Hudson publication Lumitecture: Illuminating Interiors for Designers and Architects which was released on 29 February. Author Anna Yudina not only pursues the question, "What is light?" but also offers insight on 200 projects that demonstrate its transformative power.

Yudina has organised the book around three sections. First, there's light as it transforms space. Second, Yudina addresses lighting that alters one's perception of time. Finally, the author taps into light's power over emotion. Within each section, sub-categories like "color power" and materialization, daylight and contrast, all factor in. The work is comprehensive and up-to-date but its most powerful attribute is the revelation of light's true potential.

Commission Awarded
Take A Part CIC, Stonehouse Action and Stonehouse community members are thrilled to announce that artist Liz West has been commissioned to develop a new exciting public artwork to respond to the diversity and heritage in Stonehouse, Plymouth.
Liz West was selected via a co-commissioning process with Take A Part CIC, Stonehouse Action and Stonehouse Action’s community members leading to a co-written artist brief which outlined the aims of a commissioned public artwork - the need for humour, warmth, playfulness, spectacle and permanence. Out of numerous applications from the UK and Europe, Stonehouse Action members selected the artist Liz West."

Take A Part CIC Director Kim Wide says, ‘We are thrilled to have Liz working with us on this project which will be vibrant and reflective of the area’s past and future.’ The commission will be completed by June 2016.


Exhibition Announcement
Liz West has been awarded Arts Council England Grants for the Arts funding towards a forthcoming major solo exhibition Our Colour Reflection at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe, opening in May 2016.  

For Our Colour Reflection Liz will present an ambitious new installation using hundreds of coloured mirrors to transform the Neo-Gothic interior of the former St John’s Church building. The work will both reflect viewers as they look  at the work, and send colour up into the roof-space of the historic building – creating a dialogue between viewer, artwork and architecture. Exact dates and more information to follow shortly.

In the Press
Liz's work has recently been featured in several international publications and online editorial. Here are links to a few articles that have featured work which you might be interested in reading:

Mondo*Arc Magazine p.35-36
Total Lighting Magazine p. 20-21
ATTITUDE Interior Design Magazine
Architectural Lighting Magazine
The Creators Project
FRAME Magazine
Young Artists in Conversation (YAC)  

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Liz West shortlisted for 2016 Aesthetica Art Prize, Exhibition and Book

The Aesthetica Art Prize shortlist and longlist have been announced, featuring 100 contemporary artists from around the world. The shortlist includes 10 artists whose work will be exhibited in York from 14 April to 29 May at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery‘s contemporary art space. The exhibition celebrates excellence in contemporary art, spanning photography, painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, artists’ film and performance.

Alongside the exhibited works, there will also be a series of free lunchtime talks led by key figures in the art world, including artists and curators. These talks will enable audiences to further their engagement with the exhibition, and explore best practice across a range of disciplines. Industry professionals will also provide a unique insight into the creative sector from both organisational and individual perspectives.

Shortlisted artists include Ellie Davies, whose submission Between the Trees 14, 2014, was included in The Royal Academy of Arts 2015 Summer Exhibition in London, and Manchester-based emerging artist Liz West, recipient of an RBS Bursary Award 2015, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman, recently shortlisted for Film London’s Jarman Award was also selected for the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition, along with Henry Driver, who has exhibited at Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool, as well as across the UK. Other finalists include Adriana Salazar, David Hochgatterer, Gabriela Torres Ruiz, James Winter, Jennifer L√≥pez Ayala and Rachel Ara.

A further 90 artists are featured in the longlist. Their work will be published alongside the shortlisted pieces in the Aesthetica Art Prize Annual, a publication that accompanies the exhibition in spring. Showcasing cutting-edge practice from today’s pioneering artists, this book is an inspiring collection that encourages an awareness of the innovative work being produced around the world today.

The longlisted artists’ works will also be displayed on a monitor in the gallery, enabling the audiences to explore the diversity of work included in the Prize. The longlisted and shortlisted pieces connect with issues relevant in today’s society and contemplate topics such as the environment, urbanisation, technology, loss of the individual and globalisation. The Prize also highlights work that challenges its own genre and provokes debate around its form and function.

See the full shortlist and longlist here.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is currently open for the 2017 exhibition. To enter, and for submission guidelines, visit

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Liz West in New Thames & Hudson Publication

Liz West has works in the forthcoming Thames & Hudson publication 'LUMITECHURE Illuminating Interiors for Designers & Architects' by Anna Yudina. The book will be released in hardcover on the 29th February 2016.

"The role of light in architecture extends well beyond practical requirements. Light can create an environment, saturate a space with emotion, and compose spatial illusions. When manipulated in the right ways, light makes an architectural space livable, shapes it, and guides the inhabitant through it. As our homes and buildings become increasingly interactive and connected to the “internet of things” (where physical objects such as a lamp or microwave are programmed in the “cloud”), the creative possibilities for lighting are growing exponentially.

This timely publication captures the most imaginative ideas for the use of light in homes and buildings. Some 200 projects are organized into three sections: lighting that transforms space, lighting that alters the experience of time, and lighting that evokes emotion or psychological change. Projects range from design solutions— practical applications and techniques for improving the ambience and function of our spaces for living and working—to highly experimental or immersive experiences that induce physiological responses or use entirely new sources of light, such as bioluminescence or rarefied gasses."

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Liz West at Light + Building, Frankfurt

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) has announced the full program for IALD Lighting Perspectives, its two-day seminar at Light + Building 2016 this March in Frankfurt, Germany. This one-track conference features individual drop-in sessions provided to Light + Building attendees free of charge.

During IALD Lighting Perspectives, architectural lighting designers from around the world will give 60 minute talks – ranging from collaborative success stories to the latest technological discoveries – but the common theme among all of these perspectives is an insight on the light where these cutting edge designers work and live.

Next door to the sessions, IALD welcomes one and all to the Designers Lounge, featuring an installation by light artist Liz West. The IALD has involved the talents of West to make the Designers Lounge an appealing space to meet and connect with others – and with light! West’s work focuses on the human reaction to pure colour. In 2015, she exhibited more than twelve works in the United Kingdom, including the internationally acclaimed Your Colour Perception.

As a contributor to IALD Lighting Perspectives, West will be speaking during her session about her past works, her design theory, and her newest creation for the Designer’s Lounge.

Liz West will be speaking at Light+Building IALD Lighting Perspectives on Monday 14th March at 10:45 – 11:45am. Her talk REAL COLOUR: LIGHT AS MATERIAL will focus on the uses of light as a material that radiates outside of its boundaries and containers. She will speak about her past works and future projects as well as her journey of becoming an artist.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Feature in Mexican FAHRENHEIT Magazine

Thank you to the Mexican FAHRENHEIT Magazine for this great feature on my work Your Colour Perception.

Friday, 11 December 2015

The Light Room - Your Colour Perception Exhibition in Hampshire

The Sainsbury Gallery at the Willis Museum will be immersed in a kaleidoscope of rainbow lights as artist Liz West brings her exhibition, The Light Room - Your Colour Perception, to the Hampshire Cultural Trust venue on November 7.

Liz creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological, physical and emotional responses that tap into deeply entrenched relationships to colour.

This exciting artist, who has exhibited both nationally and internationally, will transform the Sainsbury Gallery into a magical rainbow of light for visiting art lovers to wander through. The experiential exhibition will invite visitors to question their reactions to the intensity of light and colour.

Liz will individually wrap each lamp in coloured filters to create the vast rainbow effect in the gallery.
Liz said: "My interest into the science of light and colour is ongoing and has been integral to all of my works in the last couple of years, even the work I made on my degree was steeped in rich colour mixing and awareness. Colour can conjure long forgotten memories in the same way that other sensory experiences, such as certain smells or sounds, can be reminders of vivid past events.
"I find that reactions differ depending on age. In the past as young people entered the space they immediately took the opportunity to run as fast as they could from one end of the room to the other!"
Janet Owen, chief executive officer at Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: 
"We're delighted to be exhibiting Liz West's extraordinary art at the Willis Museum's Sainsbury Gallery. It’s a truly immersive experience that visitors will lose themselves in. Liz's work has been recognised as world-class and we're proud to be bringing her to Basingstoke."
Liz graduated from the prestigious Glasgow School of Art in 2007 and has exhibited around the UK and abroad. Her work has been recognised in international awards and this year she was one of just 10 artists to win a RBS Bursary Award from the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

The Light Room - Your Colour Perception will be at the Sainsbury Gallery until 2 January.

Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery 
Market Place 
RG21 7QD

Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm     
Saturday 10am - 4pm

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Liz West Exhibition in Cardiff

Arcadecardiff is delighted to present the first exhibition in Wales by Liz West. Comprising new light work made site-specifically, the exhibition Zenith Blue + Primary Red features a physical demonstration of colour mixing and optics which fills the space with radiant colour and luminous light for visitors to explore.

Liz West uses multiple fluorescent sticklights to create intense colour blocks flooding the entire space with saturate light. By mixing primary red and zenith blue coloured light together, West demonstrates colour mixing in practice as the space is flooded with mauve and magenta. When the human eye focuses for a duration on either colour block, the complementary colour will be left on our retina as an afterimage when we turn away or close our eyes.

West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. Reacting to the architectural space of Arcadecardiff, West has created a site-specific installation work which has transformed the room into an immersive and sensory experience. 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. 
"Light is a wonderfully diverse material,” West explains. “I enjoy working with it as has the power to completely transform space and become a
--> physical and tangible entity for people to explore, feel and interact with” she says. “Saturate colour has the curious ability to conjure long forgotten memories and experiences. The meaning of each colour differs for each individual, making the exhibition a personal and sensory experience”. West added, “My interest in creating intense environments using artificial lights comes from my own need to be surrounded by light to trigger feelings of well-being as I have Seasonal Affective Disorder.” Liz West was the recipient of the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award in 2015 and is most widely known for her chromatic light installations which often take the form of immersive environments using the notions of colour theory and the science of light together to create optical and sensory experiences. 

Private Viewing: 6-8pm Wednesday 16 December 2015
Artist Talk: 12pm Thursday 17 December
Opening times: 12:30pm – 5:30pm. Wednesday to Saturday

Unit 3b
Queens Arcade
Queen Street
CF10 2BY

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Through No. 3 by Liz West

Castlefield Gallery is excited to be working in partnership with Allied London in commissioning artist Liz West to create a brand new installation for Spinningfields, Manchester.

Through No. 3 will be a six-metre long triangular corridor of light and colour installed on Crown Square in Spinningfields from the 25 November 2015 to Wednesday 6 January 2016.

Hot from her major commission An Additive Mix at National Media Museum, Bradford and a Bursary Award from the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Through No.3 continues West’s exploration of colour and light as primary material for artwork. The walk-through structure will encourage visitors to literally look at their surroundings in a different light.

Working across a variety of mediums, West creates vivid environments with the aim of provoking a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can evoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour. Her intuitive and often playful approach to making sculpture and art installations leads to visually rich works that viewers cannot fail but to be drawn into. Underpinning West’s practice is Josef Albers’ colour theories and his Bauhaus teachings, which she references alongside an informed understanding of Newtonian optics and Goethe’s theory of visual perception.

After graduating The Glasgow School of Art in 2007, West now lives and works in Manchester. She was recently commissioned by the Science Museum London to create a new installation for the National Media Museum, Bradford; she exhibited at The Crypt in Leeds Town Hall for Light Night Leeds (9 Oct 2015), and has recently been announced as one of 10 winners of the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Awards 2015.

The commissioning of Through No.3 has been managed by Castlefield Gallery. “It has been a pleasure to work with Allied London properties, and Chief Executive Michael Ingall throughout the commissioning and development of this new artwork for Spinningfields. Michael understands the importance of artists and creative practitioners to place making, and so it is fantastic to have had Allied London’s commitment to the delivery of this exciting new artwork by artist Liz West for Spinningfields.Kwong Lee, director, Castlefield Gallery.

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