Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley
Internationally renowned British artists Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley have designed and created furniture and other functional woodwork together for over 25 years. The scope of their practice ranges from the small and domestic to monumental outdoor pieces.
Initially they worked on outdoor projects, building public seats, footbridges, and shelters. They have always said that their intention was to make ‘work with a strong but quiet presence in the landscape’. This statement remains true, even though they have broadened that landscape to include built environments.
Their studio furniture, much of which is carved from blocks of green oak, often scorched and polished to a lustrous black finish, is featured in public collections across the UK and internationally, including: The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Manchester Art Gallery; Contemporary Arts Society, Britain; The British Council; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK; Kyoto Museum of Modern Art, Japan; Boston Museum of Fine Art, USA; and The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, USA.
The designers have been shortlisted twice for the Jerwood Furniture Prize. Major commissions and public projects include an altar for Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, seats for Compton Verney Art Gallery, Warwick University Arts Centre and Hereford Cathedral Close, and furniture for Edinburgh Botanical Gardens as well as projects for The Chiltern Sculpture Trail, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales, and Grizedale Forest in the Lake District. Partridge and Walmsley’s work was featured in the major curated exhibition ‘Sitting and Looking’, shown at Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, Somerset House, London, and RCC Ruthin in 2010-11.
Most recently, their work has been selected to be one of 29 finalists from a field of 2,500 international entries for the Loewe Craft Prize 2019.