Biography:

Jacqui Higgs is an Edinburgh-based, Dublin born artist with a background in fine art and painting.

Having graduated from Edinburgh Art College in 1994, she then moved on to study Art Therapy, gaining her Postgraduate Degree in 1996.

She became a professional member of the Scottish Society of Artists in the same year. Since then, she has exhibited frequently throughout the UK, in group and solo shows, as well as London Art fairs.

Many of the drawings and paintings currently exhibited have been developed from recent visits to Kirkudbright and the nearby location of the remote Sandgreen. Done in-situ, salvaged materials, structured surfaces and storm damage debris enter into the pieces.

Jacqui is currently working with applied silkscreen under-layered into the images, and she develops this with wood block printing and watercolour figuration. The process of excavating, exploring surfaces derived from sea, shorelines and places on the edge is at the forefront of her practice and is reflected in the title of the recently finished 2019 show in Edinburgh: 'Traces'. 

For her forthcoming exhibitions, Jacqui has created pieces from the locations of Portugal, following her residency there; Iceland, the Faroe Isles, Caithness, and KirkcudbrightCloser to home, the industrial graffitied east side of Portobello (Seafield), provide a wealth of salvaged debris which she incorporates into her drawings and final works.

The materials of perspex, collage, silkscreen, watercolour, oils, woodblock, seasalt, and wax are forged and excavated into the surfaces to achieve maximum effect. Jacqui assimilates these processes into her upcoming shows; featuring oil rigs, platforms and harbour activity from her recent trips to Iceland, the Faroe Isles and The Shetland Isles. Details of these upcoming Landmark Events are below. 

Forthcoming exhibitions:

2020, Edinburgh Festival Exhibition, August 2020. St. Margaret's House, Edinburgh.

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2020, Winter Mixed Exhibition, Dec-Feb 2020. Number 4 Gallery, St. Abbs.

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Selected exhibitions:

2019, 'Romantic Fictions'. 24th -30th October. The Pop-Up Gallery, 17 Dundas Street, Edinburgh.

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2019, 'Spoondrift'. 7th -11th December. The Pop-Up Gallery, 17 Dundas Street, Edinburgh.

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2019, 'Traces/Places' 7th -15th September. 'Landmark', Artwalk Porty at Portobello Beach Cafe, Portobello

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2019, 'Traces' 10th - 24th August. St. Margaret's House, Edinburgh

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2019, Autumn, Whitespace Gallery

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2018, May, Dundas Gallery, 'Stillpoint2'

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2018, September. Artwalk Porty at Dream and Season cafe, Portobello

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2017 Artwalk Porty, 'Salt' Venue 42

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2016 Artwalk Porty, Skylark, Venue 34

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2016 'Structures', &Collective Art Gallery, Bridge of Allan

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2015 'Kilns and Cranes', St. Margaret's House, Edinburgh

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2014 'Frigates', Leith School of Art, Edinburgh

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2004 Self-Titled solo show, Meffin Gallery, Forfar

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Residencies:

Mertola, Portugal, Spring 2018

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Caithness, 2017

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Studio Berry, Loire Valley, France 2016

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Tanera Mor (Inner Hebrides) 2016, 2015

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Creative Retreat, Banffshire 2005, 2004

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Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (artist in residence) 2003

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Tramway, Glasgow 2003

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Lewis, Stornoway, 2000

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Awards:     

2015 Lyth Exhibition Award (S.S.A)

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2004 Peter Potter Award (V.A.S)

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Bibliography:

2014 Interview in Scottish Art Scene, issue 38

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As seen in 'The World of Interiors' 2020 February edition

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2020, Borders Art Fair, 13th - 15th March. Allanbank Art, Allanton.

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