Dr Iain A. Biggs RWA

lain is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the West England, Bristol, and Bath Spa University and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Dundee. A former Associate Professor in Visual Art Practice at UWE, he is a coordinator of PLaCE International and a founding co-convener of the international Mapping Spectral Traces network. Trained as a painter and printmaker, he continues to supervise doctoral students, make art work, write, undertake research and curate exhibitions. He has a BA Hons Fine Art from Leeds University, an MA from the Royal College of Art, and a PhD from UWE, Bristol. He has taught and examined visual arts related work at Masters and Doctoral level across the UK and was the founding editor of The Journal of Visual Art Practice. He principle research interest is in deep mapping and related issues of memory, place and identity in contemporary art and in the context of ecological concerns. He sits on the Exhibitions Advisory and Academic Advisory Groups for the Royal West of England Academy and publishes on a wide range of topics.

External grants and awards:

2015                 Awarded the Derek Balmer PPRWA Painting Prize “for excellence in painting” at the 163rd RWA Annual Open Exhibition.

2008                 “A Grey and Pleasant Land?: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Connectivity of Older People in Rural Civic Society” Major ESRC grant.

2003                 AHRB small research award.

2000                 AHRB small research award.

1999                 SWA grant of £1000 (as member of In House).

1994                 British Council Travel Grant.

1985                 $1,000 Research Grant, Marsdon Foundation, New York.

1977                 Arts Council Minor Award for Printmaking.

1974                 Boise Travelling Scholarship, Slade School of Art, London.

Recent professional practice, publications and other public output

Publications pending:

“‘Leaving the farm gate open’: creative translation and the rural lifeworld as ‘polyverse’” in Nessa Cronin & Tim Collins (eds.) Lifeworlds: Space, Place and Irish Culture -Mapping Cultures of the Everyday Cork University Press (accepted)


‘Re-Visioning “North” as an ecosophical context for creative practices’ in Timo Jokela & Glen Coutts (eds) 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).


Co-curator and exhibiting artist: Imagined Landscapes RWA Bristol (February 6th – June 12th).


“Incorrigibly plural’? Rural Lifeworlds Between Concept and Experience” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies Vol. 38 nos. 1-2 2015 pp. 260–279

Awarded the RWA’s Derek Balmer PPRWA Painting Prize at the 163rd RWA Open Exhibition for the work Washington & Vicinity (Arlington betrayed).


Jane Bailey, Iain Biggs 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)

‘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

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)

Invited Speaker 12th Waddenacademie Symposium (June 11-12) Terchelling, The Netherlands

‘Beyond aestheticism and scientism:  notes towards an ‘ecosophical’ praxis’; (with Bronwyn Platten) Engagement and Embodiment: A Body of Art in Healthcare’; and (with Brett Wilson, Barbara Hawkins & Stuart Sim) ‘Voices Off’ in Brett Wilson, Barbara Hawkins, and Stuart Sim (eds) (2014) Art, Science and Cultural Understanding Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing

Keynote paper at: ‘Resilience – just do it?! A workshop for PhD candidates, early career researchers and senior researchers and practitioners, Goningen University, October 9 – 10

Exhibitor, 162th RWA Annual Open Exhibition (3 works)

‘From another place: notes on context’ for Louise Ravelli, Brian Paltridge, and Sue Starfield (eds) Doctoral Writing in the Creative and Performing Arts: the researcher/practitioner nexus. London: Libri


Selector, Drawn Royal West of England Academy Open Drawing Exhibition.

Mentor for the artist Pauline O’Connell under the Irish Connect mentoring Programme.

Landscape, Art and Uncertainty (Group exhibition) Southampton City Art Gallery (September – October)





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.