Approved: 16.08.2006

Colin Higginson

Artist, Arts administrator, Project manager, Arts development worker

Approved: 16.08.2006

Higginson's work incorporates sculpture, model making, photography, film, installation and performance. His artwork is motivated by an ongoing interest in history, memory and representation, particularly in how meaning is constructed through narrative and artifice. He has an ongoing interest in the relationship between the photographic image and the sculptural object. This is often explored through recreating specific artworks from archival photographs - transforming a two-dimensional image into a physical and tangible form. This method gives rise to the notions of imitation, authenticity and seeks to reveal new meaning and narrative. He has been lead artist for various organisations including English Heritage where he devised Mapping Time, a site-specific arts project in Bristol. Between 2007 and 2009 he was artist in residence at the Bristol Record office and archive. 

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  • Location: Bristol, South West
  • Activities: Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Learning programmes, Art therapy, Arts in health, Disability arts, Participatory projects, Project management, Film-making, Collecting
  • Categories: Project, Animation, Installation, Participatory, Sculpture
 

Biography

Higginson's work incorporates sculpture, model making, photography, film, installation and performance. His artwork is motivated by an ongoing interest in history, memory and representation, particularly in how meaning is constructed through narrative and artifice. He has an ongoing interest in the relationship between the photographic image and the sculptural object. This is often explored through recreating specific artworks from archival photographs - transforming a two-dimensional image into a physical and tangible form. This method gives rise to the notions of imitation, authenticity and seeks to reveal new meaning and narrative. He has been lead artist for various organisations including English Heritage where he devised Mapping Time, a site-specific arts project in Bristol. Between 2007 and 2009 he was artist in residence at the Bristol Record office and archive. 

In 2013 Colin set up AIM - Art in Motion Not for Profit participatory arts organisation. AIM provides opportunities for artists with learning disabilities to engage with multidisciplinary arts to explore ideas and concepts with a specific focus on heritage and the built environment.

CV & Education

                                                      Qualifications and training

2013 - PGCE, University of the West of England, Bristol UK

1997 - MA in Fine Art, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Cardiff

1989 - Post-Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy, Hertfordshire College of Art and Design, St Albans, UK

1984 - Fine Art, Gwent College of Higher Education, Newport, Wales

                                                              Solo exhibitions

2007 - Curious, Bristol Record Office, Bristol

2002 - That Which Never Ends, The Walcot Chapel, Bath Group exhibitions

Group Shows

2013     Perpetual City, Film and Sculpture installation, a Spike Island commission, Spike Island, Bristol

2012     Sub Woofer with Ancient and Modern Spike Island, Bristol UK

              Interiors 1-4 Highbridge/Baltic 39, Newcastle

2011     Phase I, Studio 45 Spike Island Studios, Bristol

             Rhizome, Spike Island Studios, Bristol

2010     In Place of Another/ Linage - From Within the Bungalow, Pill, Bristol

              Somewhere When, Sculpture, Lost, No1, and Photographic collage, Spike Island,      Open, Bristol

2009     Untitled Installation Spike Island Studios, Bristol

2008     Giants Footprint Spike Island Studios, Bristol

2007     Elsewhere Installation part of Some Vacant Accommodation at Stroud Valley Artspace

2006     Reorganising the Museum –The Red Lodge, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, a Plan 9 and BRITISH ART SHOW 6 exhibition                         

2005     Monuments from my Body, number 4 & Space City Presque Vu, Paintworks, Bristol

2005     Monuments from my Body, number 4 Bristol Cathedral - Spike Open, Spike Island, Bristol

2004     Mixed Metaphors of Display Installation, Mivart Open Studios, Bristol

2002     That Which Never Ends sculptural Installation, Walcott Chapel, Bath.

1999     Here and Hostage Installation University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

1998     Transfer/s AJAR, Konicus Studios, Bristol

1997     Scratching the Surface Open City 97, Bristol

                                                               Live/Performance

2012 - Memento Mori (a montage), The Sculpture Yard, Spike Island, Bristol UK

2001 - Storehouse shown as part of Inbetween Time Festival, Arnolfini, Bristol

2000 - Storehouse, Oeral Festival , Terschelling, Holland Residencies 2007 - Research Residency, Bristol Record Office, Bristol, UK

                                                              Public commissions

2014    Navigable Waters (Gloucester) Permanent work for the Canal and River Trust Offices organised by artNucleus in association with Stroud Valleys Artspace. UK

2010 - Dead Storage, Bristol Record Office, Bristol UK

2005 - Mapping Time, English Heritage , Bristol, UK

2000 - Breathing Space Commission , Arnolfini, Bristol, UK Projects

2011 - Pride of Place, Brislington Sculpture Project, Mshed Bristol Museum and Art Galery, Bristol, UK

2008 - Living Landmarks Project, Southern Brooks Community Partnerships , South Gloucester

2007 - Abolition , Church Conservation Trust, Bristol, UK

                                                      Competitions, prizes and awards

2007 - Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England, UK

2006 - Mentoring Award with Marcus Coates, British Arts Show 6 mentoring scheme, bristol, UK 2005 - Mivart Development Award 2005, Mivart Studios, bristol, UK Other

2012 - Co-organiser of Bristol - Newcastle Artist Exchange event, Highbridge/Baltic 39, Newcastle