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Barnsley Artist Liz West Opens Exhibition in Town

The Civic, Barnsley is delighted welcome back to her hometown, renowned colour field artist Liz West.

Colour Field will feature a selective retrospective look at West’s installation and sculpture work, including Our Spectral Vision, which was originally commissioned by Natural History Museum, London and Our Colour Wheel; a project that explores the different perceptions of colour by people from various backgrounds and professions.

West's process is intensely research-based, and her work is often displayed at museums as well as art galleries. She researches the way we see colour and makes art from her findings. By creating vivid environments that use variety of mediums and fuse luminous colour and radiant light, West invites the viewer to explore how sensory spectacles can invoke mental and physical responses that tap into our own deeply rooted relationships to colour.

Liz West, studied at The Glasgow School of Art, graduating with a BA (Hons) Sculpture and Environmental Art in 2007. Other large-scale works have included Your Colour Perception in Manchester, An Additive Mix at the National Media Museum and Our Colour Reflection at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe, Broadgate London and Kraftwerk Berlin. Recent months have seen her exhibit at Compton Verney, Chester Cathedral and make new work for the National Festival of Making in Blackburn in collaboration with wallpaper manufacturer Graham & Brown, as well as completing a major permanent outdoor public commission for Paddington Central in London.

Liz said of her exhibition, "I feel honoured to be bringing a selection of my recent work to Barnsley, a place where I spent many informative years and am very fond of. The Civic gave me one of my first exhibition opportunities after I graduated by including my work in the Northern Futures Awards in 2010. I am looking forward to returning with a selection of my most important works."

West first exhibited at The Civic, Barnsley in 2010, as part of Northern Futures, a showcase of emerging talent in the fields of art and design.

Helen Ball, Chief Executive of The Civic says, “We are delighted to welcome Liz West back to The Civic, eight years after exhibiting here for the first time, as part of Northern Futures. Since that exhibition, Liz’s career has gone from strength to strength, receiving many accolades and awards and we are really excited that she is returning to her hometown to exhibit some of her latest work. Liz’s work is accessible to people of all ages and will show the versatility of our gallery to its fullest. 

Visitors to the gallery at The Civic at catch Liz West in conversation on Saturday 27th October at 1:30pm. Admission is free and booking is recommended.

Liz West: Colour Field runs from Sat 13 Oct until Sat 22 Dec at The Civic, Barnsley.

Open every Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm and is free admission.

For more information and to book visit or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.