Higginson's art practice incorporates sculpture, model making, photography, film, installation and performance.
His work 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 connection between the image and the sculptural object using photography and film to mediate this relationship. He has explored these ideas through recreating specific artworks from archival photographs - transforming a two-dimensional image into a physical and tangible object.
This method gives rise to the notions of imitation, authenticity and seeks to reveal new meaning and narrative.
More recent work has been focused on structure and form particularly exploring objects that imitate nature.
Since 2011 I have been collaborating on a regular basis with Marcus Jefferies. Their work explores the relationship between Architecture and memory through the production of sculpture, photography and installation. Their working process often begins with the transformation of an archive image into an immersive, interactive environment - creating new narratives through reimagining the recent past.
Colin Higginson is Founder director of Art in Motion (AIM) a 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
2017 That which we are made Spike Island Open, Bristol
2017 The Rules of Exchange Collaboration with Marcus Jefferies, Arnolfini,? Bristol
2016 - Phase 3 Collaboration with Marcus Jefferies,Test Space, Spike Island,
- Set in Stone The Tobacco Factory, Bristol
- Drawn from the Edge, Spike Island, Bristol
2015 - The Kiosk Project Collaboration with Marcus Jefferies part of the Art Weekender Bristol and Bath https://thekioskproject.com
2013 Perpetual City, Collaboration with Marcus JefferiesFilm and Sculpture installation, a Spike Island commission, Spike Island, Bristol
2012 Sub Woofer with Ancient and Modern Spike Island, Bristol UK
Hand Luagge Exchange, Interiors 1-4 Collaboration with Marcus Jefferies, Highbridge/Baltic 39, Newcastle
2011 Phase I, Collaboration with Marcus Jefferies, 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, 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
2016 - Five Possible Lectures on Six Possibilities for a Sculpture Performed for Hedwig Houben as part of Others and I at Spike Island Bristol
2012 - I would not fail in pleasing you. Solo performance, Spike Open, Bristol
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
Projects and Public commissions
2017 The Tea Service AIM touring installation/art work/exchange
2014-16 - Expanding Realities European exchange and exhibition. Erasmus+ exchange between AIM, Bristol, UK, Gasp, Cork, Ireland and Debajo del Sombrero, Madrid, Spain
2015 – 16- Somewhere in the City. AIM arts and Heritage project and exhibitions, Spike Island Open and Arnolfini. HLF and ACE funded.
2016 - Infusion Art Café Erasmus+ exchange between AIM, Bristol, UK, Gasp, Cork, Ireland
2014 Navigable Waters (Gloucester) Permanent work for the Canal and River Trust Offices organised by artNucleus in association with Stroud Valleys Artspace. UK
2012 - Co-organiser of Bristol - Newcastle Artist Exchange, Highbridge/Baltic 39, Newcastle
2010 - Dead Storage, Bristol Record Office, Bristol UK
2007 – 2009 - Artist in Residence, Bristol Record Office Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives, Bristol
2008 - Living Landmarks Project, Southern Brooks Community Partnerships , South Gloucester
2006 - Mentoring Award with Marcus Coates, British Arts Show 6 mentoring scheme, bristol, UK
2005 - Mapping Time, English Heritage , Bristol, UK
2000 - Breathing Space Commission , Arnolfini, Bristol, UK Projects