Matilda Tumim & 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. They 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. 

Matilda Tumim

1986-88 Post Graduate Fine Art Painting, The Royal College of Art, London
1982-85 Fine Art Degree, Falmouth School of Art
1981-82 Art Foundation, Chelsea School of Art

Chris Prendergast
1982-85 Fine Art Degree, Falmouth School of Art
1981-82 Art Foundation, Winchester School of Art

New projects/ awards

2023 - Creative  Scotland Open Funding awarded for the research and develop an artist’s book, The  Child Who Heard Too Much


2023  Life Lines  Online group exhibition with Fife Contemporary 

2021   Surreal  Estate  WASPS Project Gallery, Meadow Mill,Dundee               

2021   Screen  Test  Online group exhibition for WASPS artists

2019    WASPS  Open Studios at Meadow Mill Dundee                                                                 

2019    Little  Originals Group exhibition at Dock Street Studios, Dundee                                                                               

2017    The September Issue  Suttie  Arts Space, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary 
2016    Bottled Up  The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness
2012    73 Leaves Embroidery installation, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Kings Cross, London
2012    Bread & Roses Motorcade Flash Parade, Bristol 
2012    Embroidered Narratives Bank Street Arts, Sheffield 
2011    73 Leaves The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2011    Retrieve Limousine Bull, Aberdeen 
2009    Small Volumes Timespan, Helmsdale
2009    TRAVELLING LIGHT  WW and Pharos Galleries, London and Venice Biennale 
2009    Impossible Exchange  Frieze Art Fair, London 
2008    Last Post  Corsespace Aberdeenshire 
2008    Anecdotal Evidence  Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH)
2007    A Year of Consequence  Orkney Museum, Kirkwall, Orkney 
2007    Consequences Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney 
2006    Coupling   Peedie Gallery, Arts Development Office, Orkney Island Council 
2005    Wedded   Stromness Public Library,  Stromness, Orkney 
2004    Foul Flora Weird Waves   Loft Gallery, St Margaret's Hope, Orkney 

Private& Third Sector Commissions 

2012   73 LEAVES  Embroidery Installation National Council for Voluntary Organisations  Islington London

2007   The Gallant Weaver Cover artwork and design for choral settings of words by Robert Burns 

2005   Constellation  Drawing Commission for Tullimentan - The Pier Arts Centre  

Talks &Presentations                                                                                                                           

2021   ArtistsTalk for the preview of Screen test online exhibition - Wasps Glasgow                                               

2020   Presentation to architecture students at Westminster University                                                                                                                     

2020   Presentation for sponsored solo exhibition Surreal Estate                                                                                                                                    

2010  Threads and Leaves  - collaborative practice, Heriot Watt School of Textiles, Galashiels 

2008   Presentation at the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney 

2007   Consequences - A Musical Response, St. Magnus Festival, Kirkwall, Orkney 

2006   Professional Practice and Crossover - Highlands & Islands Visual Arts, Hi-Arts, The Macphail Centre Ullapool


2011   Book Cover for Hoopla - The Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain - Arsenal Pulp Press                                          

2011   The Poetic Stitch -Hoopla – Chapter on Tumim and Prendergast’s embroidery

2011   Participant in Words are all we have by Rachel Marsden, reflections on her life as a curator

2009   Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital - Artworks 2 -publication celebrating the hospital's art programme

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