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Brigid Collins

Artist Biography

Brigid has been a part-time lecturer for over 20 years on degree level art and design courses and is currently a visiting lecturer at Leith School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art and an External Examiner for the ICD Foundation Programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, in Dundee

She is also an experienced group facilitator, having led creative workshops in Scotland, the UK, Ireland and Europe, with groups ranging from university students to primary school pupils to women at HMP YOI Cornton Vale, where she was lead artist on the successful ‘Curate and Create’ project and with Syrian refugee women now living in Scotland, both in collaboration with The University of Stirling.

The relationship between word – especially poetry – and image is a central concern in Brigid’s work. Passionate in her desire to forge relationships between images and poetry, in particular, Brigid creates paintings and assemblages in 2 and 3D, often in collaboration with writers, poets and other artists, or to commission and also exhibits regularly. Intricately combining natural forms with delicate materials, and interweaving these with fragments of text, she craft paintings, collages and often intimately scaled sculptural book forms and 'Poem-Houses'.

Selected Exhibitions 

Publications include Frissure (Polygon,2013), in collaboration with award winning poet and essayist, Kathleen Jamie; ForA’ That: A Celebration of Burns (2010) with contemporary poets andwriters, including DBC Pierre and Kirsty Gunn; A place where thoughthappens (2006), with poet, Larry Butler and JewelleryDesigner, Teena Ramsay and Room to Rhyme (2004), withthe late poet and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney.