Artist Liz West shows you what it feels like to be inside a rainbow

What does it feel like to be inside a rainbow? Do colours change the way you feel? In the 2016 edition of the Bristol Biennial British, artist Liz West – featured previously – invites you to drench yourself in the spectrum.

She has transformed architectural space at The Pithay in Bristol, and turned colour into an immersive and embodied experience by refracting light through carefully arranged coloured theatre gels. A vivid world is created, exploring human visual perception and how colour affects our emotions and our bodies.

Entitled Our Colour, the immersive light installation is part of a series 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.

Speaking of the project, Liz said: "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."

Liz graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2007. Today, she has a research-based practice: she experiments in different spaces to play with ideas and test work in situ. Recently, Liz received major commissions from National Media Museum, Natural History Museum, National Trust and Olympic British House Rio. For further details about Our Colour, opening times and information about the future projects visit or


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