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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 many pieces of her work.

A recent move to Forres, with access to Findhorn and Caithness has given Jacqui a renewed opportunity to continue looking at coastlines and sealife along the Moray Firth. The harbours and surf life in these locations edges into much of the outside drawings before transition to the studio.

Jacqui shall be showing new work at Coburg studios from 13th October 2023 and St Margarets House the 11th to 19th November 2023. A 2024 exhibition will take place at the Moray Art Centre in Findhorn from the 26th July to the 25th August. 

Forthcoming exhibitions:

2023. St. Margaret's House, Edinburgh. 'Confluence' 11th - 19th November. 

2024. Moray Art Centre, Findhorn. 'Flagstone & Surfers' 26th July - 25th August. 

2024. St. Margaret's House, Edinburgh. 'untitled' TBC (November). 

Selected exhibitions:

2023. Coburg Studios, 'Four Stories' Edinburgh

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

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

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

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

2019. Autumn, Whitespace Gallery 

2018. May, Dundas Gallery, 'Stillpoint2'

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

2017. Artwalk Porty, 'Salt' Venue 42

2016. Artwalk Porty, Skylark, Venue 34 

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

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

2014. 'Frigates', Leith School of Art, Edinburgh

Residencies:

2023. Moray Art Centre

2021. Coll (Inner Hebrides)

2018. Mertola, Portugal, Spring

2017. Caithness,

2016. Studio Berry, Loire Valley, France

2015. 2016 Tanera Mor (Inner Hebrides)  

2004. 2005 Creative Retreat, Banffshire 

2003. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (artist in residence) 

2003. Tramway, Glasgow 

2000. Lewis (Outer Hebrides) Stornoway,

Awards:     

2015. Lyth Exhibition Award (S.S.A)

2004. Peter Potter Award (V.A.S)

Bibliography:

2020. 'The World of Interiors' February edition

2014. Interview in Scottish Art Scene, issue 38

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