Matilda Tumim and Chris Prendergast are based in North East Fife. They studied at Falmouth and the Royal College of Art prior to moving to Orkney in 1989, relocating to Fife in 2015. Tumim and Prendergast work with a variety of media, including stitch, paint, collage and ink and have been commissioned to make permanent installations for schools, hospitals and voluntary organisations. They exhibit regularly and their work is held in public and private collections around the world. For many of their projects, the artist duo take their starting point from playing a Surrealist game created by André Breton called The Exquisite Corpse. Matilda suffers from a rare autoimmune disease, Systemic Sclerosis. Due to her being immunosuppressed, the artists worked at home, shielding throughout the pandemic.
Recent exhibitions include Surreal Estate at WASPS Project Gallery Dundee (2021); Screen Test, an online group exhibition (2021); Little Originals at Dock Street Studios, Dundee (2019). The artist duo have had commissions with Orkney & Grampian Hospitals Arts Trust , Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, (London) and The Pier Arts Centre (Orkney).
Matilda Tumim and Chris Prendergast were part of the 2023 exhibition Life Lines, bringing together artists affected by the long-term impacts of COVID-19, opening up their creative practice on an online platform. See their work as part of Life Lines here.