Dr Iain Biggs works as an artist/teacher/researcher. He has lived in Bristol since 1987 and is currently Associate Professor in Visual Arts Practice and the Director of the PLaCE Research Centre at UWE, Bristol. He edits for and owns Wild Conversations Press, which produces collaborative artists’ bookworks; and is a founder and co-convenor both of LAND2 (a national network of landscape artists working in Higher Education); and the international Mapping Spectral Traces Network.
Iain produces a range of creative visual and written work focused by his interest in ‘deep mapping’. This includes site-specific books, large format digital prints, drawings, installations, and performed and time based work. Recent exhibitions include a 5-part installation in Drawing, Permanence and Place, an international touring group exhibition; a collaboration with Mary Modeen for the SENSORY WORLDS: Environment, Value and the Multi-Sensory Conference, University of Edinburgh (2011); showings of Uplands at Poetry and the Visual Arts, Meantime, Cheltenham (2011) and at the Experimental Gallery, Virginia Tech, USA (2010); and 5 artist bookworks in The Art of the Book: Journals Then and Now, an international travelling exhibition of artist book journals, diaries and letters - shown at: Gallery 210, University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA, Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol, and Winchester School of Art. In the past he has exhibited in the UK, Europe, the USA and China.
In 2005 Iain and Dr Judith Tucker curated LAND2 - beyond landscape? at the RWA, Bristol and Dean Clough, Halifax, and in 1999 he curator Ken Kiff: Prints for Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery and the Herbert Read Gallery, KIAD, Canterbury. In 2001 he installed a commission of seven paintings and nine prints for Lloyds TSB at 125 Colmore Row, Birmingham and in 1994 won a major prize in the Millfield Open at the Atkinson Gallery, Street with work made for the project Marginal Places and the Necessary Angel, a three part project installed at Bristol Cathedral, Thornbury Community Mental Health Centre and Ham Green Hospital, Pill between 1992 and 1994.
His recent artists’ bookworks include Debatable Lands Volume Two: 'These Debatable Lands' (2010); On Mull (with Josh Biggs) (2009) in conjunction with the LAND2 group exhibition Fieldwork, An Tobar Arts Centre, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, 2009. Also exhibited at Galleri VOX, Bergen, exhibition Å reise en utstilling med bokkunst fra England og norge 2009; the collaborative book and DVD project 'chimaerae verae' (with Ruth Jones), (2007); and Debatable Lands Vol 1 2007 (with contributions from Samira Abbassy, Jane Millar & Gary Peters).
Iain’s recent publications include: ‘The Spaces of “Deep Mapping”: a partial account’ Journal of Arts and Communities Vol 2 No 1 (July 2011); ‘Essaying Place: Landscape, Music, and Memory (after Janet Wolff)’ in Process: Landscape and Text eds Adeline Johns-Putra & Catherine Brace (2010) and ‘The Sowdun Project - testimonial imagination, Borders ballads, and the politics of (dis-)enchantment’ in Cultural Memory: Reformations of the past in the present and present in the past eds Malcolm Miles & Vardan Azatyan (2010).