Approved: 16.08.2006

Colin Higginson

Artist, Arts administrator, Arts development worker, Project manager

Approved: 16.08.2006

Higginson's art practice incorporates sculpture, model making, photography, film, installation and performance.

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Artist Statement

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.

Collaboration - Jefferies and Higginson

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.

Art In Motion (AIM)

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


2018. There Will Always Be Rocks on the Road Solo Exhibition, Spike Island Test Space Bristol

2017  Phase 3 Plymouth Contemporary 2017 A dual site exhibition at

                 Peninsula Arts and KARST, Plymouth

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

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