Colin Higginson – Director and Founder
Colin Higginson is a practicing artist, project facilitator, qualified art therapist and college tutor. His artwork incorporates sculpture, photography, film, and installation, which is motivated by an ongoing interest in history, memory and representation, particularly in how meaning is constructed through narrative and artifice.
He has been lead artist for various organizations and has extensive experience devising and managing projects. He has been lead artist for English Heritage, the Church Conservation Trust, Brislington Community Partnership, and Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. In partnership with English Heritage he devised Mapping Time, a site-specific arts project based in Bristol, between 2007 and 2009. He was artist in residence at the Bristol Record office and Archive, where he curated a solo exhibition ‘Curious’.
Colin worked in the NHS as an Art Therapist for 16 years. From 2001 to 2004 he was Clinical Lead and Manager for the Art and Drama therapy service for adults with learning difficulties throughout the South West region.
Between 2005 and 2014 his taught animation to adults with learning difficulties, for City of Bristol College where he received a teaching Star Award for creativity and innovation within education.
Over the last few years he has been working collaboratively with artist Marcus Jefferies and has exhibited numerous works, notably ‘Metropolis of Tomorrow’, shown as part of ‘Sub Woofer with Ancient and Modern’, at Spike Island in 2012 , ‘Perpetual City’ a Spike Island commission for Spike Island Open 2013, The Kiosk project in 2015 as part the Art Weekender Bristol and Bath and Phase 3 in 2016 at the Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol.
Kamina Walton – Board Member
Kamina Walton is a photographic artist, facilitator and evaluator. Her creative practice is about empowering people and giving them a voice, whether in her own work or work with others. Earlier this year she was awarded Creative Seed funding from Bristol City Council to develop a body of work exploring artists’ studio practice across the city. She currently works p/t at Arnolfini leading the Young People’s Programme working with 16 – 25 year olds.Dean Davies
Dr. Suze Adams – Board Secretary
Suze Adams is an artist, writer and part time lecturer living in Bristol. She completed a practice-led PhD at the University of the West of England (UWE) in 2012 where her doctoral thesis explored belonging and the notion of ‘home’ in relation to the experiential landscape (Location, Relocation, Translocation). Past exhibitions include: ViSiONA festival, Huesca, Spain; RWA, Bristol; Salisbury Art Centre, Wilts; Peltz Gallery, London; An Tobar, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland and MAMU, Budapest, Hungary. Suze is a member of the Visual Culture Research Group (UWE, Bristol), the Family Ties Network and Space Place Practice.
Her work Focuses on embodiment and multi-sensory experience with particular attention to experiential time and memory, her work is presented in the form of photographs, videos, assemblages/3D pieces and installation (with occasionally performance). She works from my studio in Bristol and exhibits work internationally.”
Helen Grant is an artist based at Spike Island Studios in Bristol. She makes sculptures that reflect her interest in absurdity and ‘the ridiculous nature of being’. Last year her work was selected for both the Creekside and Motorcade/Flashparade National open competitions and she regularly shows work in Bristol and beyond. With a background in mental health nursing, Helen feels her interest in the psychological now pervades her art practice. She is currently completing a MA in Fine Art at the University of the West of England.
Adrian Kitchen – Board Treasurer
Adrian initially studied Maths and Music at London University. After gaining a PGCE he moved into teaching and taught maths in secondary education for a number of years before working in Further Education. Since 1999 he has worked at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College where his job involves working with students to improve their literacy, numeracy and study skills. Many of the students he supports are dyslexic or dyspraxic or have missed out on educational opportunities.
Recently he has qualified as a book-keeper with IAB membership and now works part-time offering a self-employed book-keeper service, as well as continuing to study book-keeping and accountancy. He is keen to support local micro-businesses and self-employed individuals.
Creativity has always been very important to Adrian and he continues to study and play piano
Maisie Fortune has spent her professional life working in schools, FE Colleges, and community-based projects, first as a support worker and then undertaking teacher training in 2013 before gaining qualified teacher status (QTLS) in 2016. Throughout this time she has maintained a focus on the needs of vulnerable adults and children, and drawn on her BA degree in Fine Art in order to facilitate the learning process. Maisie is motivated by the opportunity to help students in developing their individual skills as artists, whilst at the same time helping them to develop their independence and life skills.
Currently, she is using her skills as a working potter (PotterMoo Studios https://www.pottermoostudios.com) to support adults with learning difficulties in a functioning local pottery. She has also been a long term volunteer with AIM where she has benefited greatly from working closely with the artists, helping them to develop their individual styles and finding ways for them to expand creatively.