Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley have worked together designing and making furniture and other functional woodwork for the last 18 years.
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 in recent years they have broadened that landscape to include built environments, projects include an altar for Christ Church Cathederal in Oxford, seats for Compton Verney art gallery and library furniture for a Napoleonic fort on Jersey.
Their studio furniture, carved from blocks of green oak often scorched and polished to a lustrous black finish, is in public collections including the V&A in London and Manchester Art Gallery. The work has twice been shortlisted for the Jerwood Furniture prize.
Born 1953, Leeds
1977-79 John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood
1983-84 Fellow in Wood, Alsager College of Higher Education.
1986-87 First Craftsman in Residence at Grizedale Forest, Cumbria.
2007 Partridge & Walmsley, furniture; Sara Radstone, ceramics. Barratt Marsden Gallery, London
2004 Jim Partridge, wood; Colin Reid, glass. C.A.A. London.
1999&2004 Jerwood Applied Arts Award, furniture. Crafts Council (Solo) touring.
2004 “Hands across the border” . Ruthin Craft Centre, touring.
2003 “Jim Partridge” Manchester Art gallery. Crafts Council Show5 exhibition, touring.
2001 “The Unexpected” Sotheby’s, New York.
2000 “In Focus”, Jim Partridge (wood) and Koichiro amamoto (glass). Sotheby’s, London.
Grizedale Forest; The Chiltern Sculpture Trail; Common Ground; Kielder Forest; The Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight;
The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal;
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.
“Qube” gallery, Oswestry;
Compton Verney Arts Trust.
Seating for Leeds Teaching Hospital;
furniture for the redevelopment of Ruthin Crafts Centre;
Designs for Benchmark Furniture
The Crafts Council;
Contemporary Arts Society;
The Victoria and Albert Museum;
Manchester Art Gallery;
The British Council;
Kyoto Museum of Modern Art, Japan;
Boston Museum of Fine Art, USA;
The Mint Museum of craft and design, Charlotte, USA.
- CAA Exhibitions
- Current Exhibition
- Coming Soon