Dr Iain Biggs works as an artist/teacher/researcher and has lived in Bristol since 1987. Until 2013, he was Associate Professor in Visual Arts Practice and the Director of the PLaCE Research Centre at UWE, Bristol. He helped founder and co-convenes LAND2 (a national network of artists working with landscape in Higher Education), PLaCE International, and the international Mapping Spectral Traces Network. He is also a member of the Place Space Practice and Midstream artists’ groups and currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Environmental Humanities Research Centre at Bath Spa University and Honorary Research Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art and Design, the University of Dundee.
Iain has been identified as a leading authority on deep mapping in Les Roberts’ introduction to the double special issue on deep mapping, Humanities 2016, 5 (1), but is currently engaged writing on a variety of environmental and other topics and making small scale painted constructions. Although technically retired from teaching, he continues to mentor artists in the UK and Ireland and to supervise and examine PhD students engaged in practice-based research projects.
He recently showed two works in A Case for Place, Steel Rooms Gallery, Yorkshire (supported by the Arts Council England) and paired digital presentations - ‘A Conversation’ and ‘Another Conversation’ – as part of Artistic Conversations and Journeys: The earth is Our Home, as part of the 50th Anniversary Conference of Irish Geographers, at Maynooth University, Ireland. His recent publications include the book chapters: Re-Visioning “North” as an ecosophical context for creative practices, in Timo Jokela & Glen Coutts (eds) 2017 Relate North: Culture, Community, and Communication Rovaniemi, Lapland University Press, and ‘Christine Baeumler’s Mycelial Art Practice’ in Colleen J. Sheehy (ed.) (2018) Pollinators at the Plains: Christine Baeumler’s Defiant Garden for the Plains North Dakota: Plains Art Museum.
He has received the Derek Balmer PPRWA Painting Prize “for excellence in painting" for work accepted for the Royal West of England academy Annual Open Exhibition, and co-curated Imagined Landscapes and Lines in the Landscape: Drawings from the Royal Collection at Windsor with Gemma Brace at the RWA.