Dr Iain Biggs works as an artist/teacher/researcher. He has lived in Bristol since 1987 and until 2013 was Associate Professor in Visual Arts Practice and the Director of the PLaCE Research Centre at UWE, Bristol. He is a founding editor for 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); PLaCE International, and the international Mapping Spectral Traces Network. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at UWE, Bristol, and at Bath Spa University, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Dundee.
Iain produces a range of creative visual and written work largely focused by his interest in ‘deep mapping’. This includes site-specific books, large format digital prints, drawings, installations, paintings and performed and time based work. He contributed a set of twenty drawings to the film Transgression: rising waters (Antony Lyons and Iain Biggs) and in 2015 this and an accompanying performance were presented at the Royal Geographical Society conference, Exeter University and is currently working as an artist member of NOVA as part of the AHRC-funded project: HydroCitizenship: Re envisioning and reconnecting communities as eco-social formations through arts and humanities centred interdisciplinary research (Bristol workgroup).
His recent publications include: “’Incorrigibly plural’? Rural Lifeworlds Between Concept and Experience” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies Vol. 38 nos. 1-2 2015 pp. 260 – 279; (with Jane Bailey and Dan Buzzo) 2014 ‘Deep mapping and rural connectivities’ in Catherine Hagan Hennessy, Robin Means, Vanessa Burholt (eds) Countryside connections Older people, community and place in rural Britain (Bristol: Policy Press); and ‘Singing Across Thresholds’ in James Elkins (ed) Artists with PhDs: On the New Doctoral Degree in Studio Art (2nd edition) New Academia Publishing pp. 159-168
In 2015 he was awarded the Derek Balmer PPRWA Painting Prize “for excellence in painting" forwork accepted for the Royal West of England academy Annual Open Exhibition, and in 2016 co-curated Imagined Landscapes with Gemma Brace at the RWA. He and Gemma are currently working on an exhibition of drawings from the Royal Collection at Windsor.