SELECTED AWARDS / EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS
May – Terrestrial Matters – talk on the relationship between art and environmental crisis presented in conjunction with the environmental workshop proposed by the Art, Geography and Sustainability Group (Space&Place) at NUI, Galway organised by Prof. Nessa Cronin and Dr Cathy Fitzgerald.
June – Animism, Thin Places, and Porous Margins: a heterodox dialogue? Joint presentation with Ciara Healy-Musson and The Silkie: figuring, an essay. Performed presentation with Erin Kavanagh at the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture Conference, Cork.
Book chapter ‘Notitia, trust, and “creative research”’ in Katja Hilevaara & Emily Orley (eds) 2018 The Creative Critics: Writing as/about Practice London & New York, Routledge.
May 17th, second performance of the performed presentation: The Crow Road, with the poet Erin Kavanagh, at the request of the Environmental Humanities Research Center, Bath Spa University.
September 1st – Presentation for Conserve? Restore? Re-wild? Eco-poetics and the Environmental Challenge, GroundWork Gallery, King’s Lynn – reviewed at https://climatecultures.net/review/ecopoetics-conserve-restore-rewild/
RWA Annual Open Exhibition (two works hung, three selected).
Book chapter ‘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.
‘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
Co-curator Lines in a Landscape: drawings from the Royal Collection, RWA (April 1st – June 4th).
Contributed (as a member of the Midstream Collective) to an artists’ book, installation and presentation: ‘In Praise of Wetlands’ shown at In the Open, Sheffield (6th – 28th September), at the ASLE UKI with LAND2 conference: CROSS MULTI INTER TRANS. Also delivered the first performed presentation: The Crow Road, with the poet Erin Kavanagh.
2016 Imagined Landscapes RWA Bristol (Feb 6th – June 12th) Co-curator and exhibiting artist.
Showing of the film Transgression: rising waters https://vimeo.com/131955801 (Antony Lyons and Iain Biggs) and accompanying performance for the Royal Geographical Society conference, Exeter University.
Awarded a Moore Institute Research Visiting Fellowship to work at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
PLaCE /Parlour Show Rooms Walking in the City – an exhibition followed by a four day event co-curated by Mel Shearsmith and Iain Biggs as the September contribution to the In The City Series, July – December 2013.
Principle Investigator (PI) and doctoral supervisor for Jane Bailey’s Either side of Delphy Bridge – one of eight component projects within the major ESRC-funded international networked project“A Grey and Pleasant Land?: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Connectivity of Older People in Rural Civic Society”. Trail web site at: http://www.delphybridgeproject.org
Contributing coordinator to Living in a material world: A cross-disciplinary location-based enquiry into the performativity of emptiness AHRC Landscape and Environment award.
The Sowdun Project (1999-2005) – long-term English / Scottish borders deep mapping project. Research and publication relating to the early phase part-funded by an AHRC small grant.
2000 – 01
AHRB small research award. Co-ordinator and contributing artist for a major commission for Lloyds TSB at 125 Colmore Row, Birmingham producing design contributions to the workspace, seven paintings and nine prints. The necessary research into the paper-clay elements involved was part-funded by the AHRB.
SWA grant – as member of In-House project with five artists in connection with Bath Fringe festival, part-funded by a SWA grant – I produced two installed works in private houses.
1994 British Council Travel Grant.
1985 Research Grant, Marsdon Foundation, New York.
EXHIBITIONS & COMMISSIONS
Spring: two works in A Case for Place, Steel Rooms Gallery, Yorkshire (supported by the Arts Council England).
Paired digital works ‘A Conversation’ and ‘Another Conversation’ exhibited at Artistic Conversations and Journeys: The earth is Our Home. Curated by Karen E. Till as part of the 50th Anniversary Conference of Irish Geographers, 10-12th May 2018, Illuminations Gallery. Maynooth University, Ireland.
Awarded the RWA’s Derek Balmer PPRWA Painting Prize at the Annual Open Exhibition for the work Washington & Vicinity (Arlington betrayed).
Selector, Drawn Royal West of England Academy Open Drawing Exhibition.
Landscape, Art and Uncertainty Southampton City Art Gallery. One of four members of LAND2 making work in response to images in the gallery’s collection.
Drawing, Permanence & Place (installation in group exhibition) at the Kronbacken – Erfurt, Germany
Closer to Home (4 works in group exhibition) East Street Arts, Leeds 11th – 30th July.
Drawing Permanence and Place, museum voor vlakglas- Ravenstein The Netherlands, Aug 19th – Nov 1st 2012
Sense of Place in Artist Books October 12-December 12, 2012 Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library, University of Minnesota
shadows traces undercurrents October 16-November 16, 2012: Katherine E. Nash Gallery Regis Center for Art (East), University of Minnesota
Showing of Uplands at Poetry and the Visual Arts, Meantime, Cheltenham 3rd April
Performed collaborative presentation (with Mel Shearsmith All that keeps your memory from turning to ash in my mouth is… and plenary panel member at Mapping Spectral Traces IV conference (Maynooth and Dublin) May 25th-27th
Two works in Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text + Cognition at the the Royal Scottish Academy 12.11.2011 – 18.12. 2011. Image from the LAND2 Bridges folio – (Iain Biggs ed. 2003, designed by iSophia, Bristol, Wild Conversations Press for LAND2) & 8 Lost Songs (Iain Biggs 2005, Bristol, Wild Conversations Press).
Mary Modeen and Iain Biggs collaborative piece The Enigma of Place for the SENSORY WORLDS: Environment, Value and the Multi-Sensory Conference 7-9 December 2011. Inspace Gallery, University of Edinburgh. (See the IASH-Sawyer website at www.iash.ed.ac.uk/Sawyer/Archive.html)
“Making a mark: contemporary vitreous enamel” Black Swan Gallery, Frome 8 May – 12 June 2010
5 book works 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 (11/02/10 – 08/05/10) Bower Ashton Library, UWE Bristol, (21/7/10-27/810) and Winchester School of Art (04/10/2010 – 12/11/ 2010), see http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/artofbook10.htm.
On Mull (with Josh Biggs) Bristol: Wild Conversations Press for TRACE in conjunction with the LAND2 group exhibition Fieldwork, An Tobar Arts Centre, Tobermory, Isle of Mull (3rd March – 18th April, 2009) & Galleri VOX, Bergen, exhibition Å reise en utstilling med bokkunst fra England og norge (1st -25th October 2009).
Four drawings in All Over the Place (F Block Gallery, FCA, UWE, Bristol 7th -21st November). Exhibition organized jointly by LAND2 and the Drawing Group Centre for Art Media, University of Lincoln.
Between Carterhaugh and Tamshiel Rig: a borderline episode exhibited in the international touring exhibition Arcadia id est : Touring Exhibition 2005-2007 artists’ books, nature and the landscape – TRACE Gallery Dorset, UK – UWE, Bristol, UK – Centre for the Artist’s Book, Australia – Moufflon Bookshop, Nicosia, Cyprus – Eagle Gallery, London, UK – Hartley Library, University of Southampton, UK – AKI, Enschede, The Netherlands – Rikhardinkatu Library, Helsinki, Finland – The Yard Gallery at Wollaton Hall. UK – Flaxman Library at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA – John M. Olin Library, Washington University, USA – The Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design, USA – Noosa Regional Gallery, Tewantin Queensland, Australia – National Print Museum, Dublin, Ireland http://sphere.uwe.ac.uk/websites/bookarts/arcadia
Work in LAN2D – beyond landscape? Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (3 works) June 25th – July 23rd, 2005. Curated by Judith Tucker and Iain Biggs (also at Dean Clough Nov. 6 2004 – Jan 8 2005).
Four drawings in ‘Drawing as Reflective Practice’ (Curator: Drew Plunkett). Air Gallery, Dover Street, London, December 2005, exhibition travels to Glasgow then Australia with a Summer Symposium 2006
Two prints included in TRACE editions, Hirschl Gallery, London May 22nd – 29th.
Three artist’s books included in Houseroom exhibition May 15th – June 26th. Bath.
Book works exhibited at the 7th International Contemporary Artist’s Book Fair, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax on Sat 13th March.
6 works selected for reading, writing & ‘rithmetic curated by Sian Bonnell for TRACE, Sherborne House, 24th Jan – 8th Feb.
2 works selected for On the Edge: Ninth Biennial International Juried Touring Exhibition (sponsored by the Enamelist Society, USA). August – October, 2003. The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington; Gallery Mack, Seattle, Washington; The Centre for Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
Collaborative work with Elizabeth Turrell Studio Fusion, London. Invited artist in exhibition of seven collaborative works. October
‘Markers’ 6-17 Oct. Two drawings in mixed exhibition at Queen’s Gallery, British Council, New Delhi, India
Royal West of England 151st Autumn Exhibition, 26th Oct. – 13th Dec. One work.
‘Tam Lin Variations: Paired Enamels and Paintings, Studio Fusion, London. Invited artist. (18 works) Jan. 10th. – Feb. 10th.
‘Lavington Street’ prints. (Set of six, each in addition of six). Part of a major commission for renovation of a building in Lavington St., London SE1 for Lloyds TSB.
Installation of major commission for Lloyds TSB at 125 Colmore Row,Birmingham. Project co-ordinator and contributing artist. (Seven paintings and nine prints).
Contemporary Print in Enamel, School of Art Gallery, Kent State University Feb. 26th. – Mar 12th. (3 works in mixed show + catalogue essay pp. 10-11 & illustrations: 2 colour, 1 b&w). Touring to East Carolina University and Cleveland Institute of Arts. (Dates to be confirmed).
Two drawings in Artists from the University of the West of England, The British Council, S Widjojo Center, Jakarta.
One print included in the exhibition World Etching at the Chongqing Prints Festival (and touring), China 2000.
5th. Open Print Exhibition Royal West of England Academy 26th Mar. – 6th May.
Co-editor FOLD (with Jane Millar and Andrea Duncan) and contributing artist. Issue one, Feb. 2000. London, FOLD Group ISSN 1466-4089, 20 pages. Launched at the Freud Museum, London Feb. 17th, 2000. FOLD evening at 291 Gallery, London 27th April 2000.
In House Twice: two part installation with 5 artists for Bath Fringe Festival 29th May-13 June (with funding from SWA).
Contemporary Print in Enamel Studio Fusion, London, May & Impact Conference, Bristol, September.
Bedminster Memory Map, installation for Lloyds TSB, Bristol.
Nature (unique artist’s book made for the “Bristol Art Library”) exhibited at numerous venues in UK as part of Bristol Art Library performance and at “Printed Matter” 77 Wooster St. New York – 17/18.11.98
10th Annual Miniprint Show (Touring Exhibition, mixed, 1 work) Parsons Gallery, Parsons School of Art, New York, USA; Carbondale School of Art, Illinois, USA: Vergette Gallery, Chicago , USA.
Miniprint 1997 (group show, 1 work) Touring exhibition: Ohio State University, USA; Rhodes University, South Africa; University of Southern Illinois, USA; AKI Enschede, Holland.
Millfield Open (Open and invited exhibition, 1 work, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Street. 3 weeks June’95.
Major prize winner Millfield Open (open and invited national competition) Atkinson Gallery, Street (June).
Marginal Places and the Necessary Angel . 3 part project with 9 works installed: Bristol Cathedral Mar 1992, 3 weeks / Thornbury Community Mental Health Centre April 1993 4 weeks/ Ham Green Hospital, Pill. Jan. 1994, 4 weeks)
Artwork owned by:
Tate Gallery, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Lloyds TSB; University of Brighton; Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, John M. Flaxman Library, School of Art Institute of Chicago; All Saints Library, Manchester Metropolitan Museum; UWE, Bristol; University of Leeds; Yorkshire Arts Association; Halifax Building Society; private collectors in UK, Germany, Slovenia, The Czech Republic, USA and Israel.