Feet 2014. Poster 

Background to works and biog as of 2013 as PDF DOWNLOAD HERE

Concise Statement

My work, like the majority of artists is a process of reduction, over

time the paring down of activity into a distinct, concise act that is

simplest representation of my values for Art and the creative action.

Over the past 10 years I have been interested in initiating actions,

constructing visual objects and sonic works which could be

described as 'Acts of Folly', but in highlighting what something is not

I believe you get closer to the values of what something actually is.

This could be described simpler as the silence between notes in

music or the process of drawing involving negative space. Examples

of such acts would be 'A Song For Jack' (2008) creation of a dog choir

for one-time performance and 'Prop' (2005) a 10m mirror sign in the

centre of a forest. This methodology has developed into ideas about

removing myself from the artwork, initially through creation of a

fictional alter-ego Wally French. Then via a series of works that were

hidden and open to 'chance' discovery, I began working with sound

as a physical, yet invisible to the eye, medium. It was at this time I

worked on Phantasien (2010) a film work designed make the viewer

fall asleep and engage with their sub-conscious. At this time I built a

roof mounted speaker system for a car to allow sound interventions

in the community and develop public engagement projects. For 'All

These Worlds Are Yours' for g39 Gallery I collaborated with the band

Bear-man on a live interventional tour of roundabouts across Cardiff

Bay playing a real time soundtrack from within the car.

Sonic works have looked at the idea of imagined presence, a recent

piece at the ICA, London was a recording of the silent part of a record,

in the enhanced static the listener was drawn into the recording

studio and process of creation.

As part of the process of reduction I have worked as a curator in the

past 12 months for a self initiated project space, Goat Major Projects

and I am currently researching the idea of an artist/curator hybrid

entitled Subject to Change.




Richard Higlett is an artist who works across a range of media and as part of this

artistic practice he also curates. He works equally with galleries and in the public

realm. Previously he has presented installations, sound projects, public

interventions and podcasts along with paintings, sculpture and film works. He

has shown work throughout the UK and internationally in Montreal, Bruno, New

York and Venice, Italy. In 2005 he won the Oriel Davis Open. In 2007 he initiated

Artist Resource Cardiff now ArtCardiff and co-founded Mermaid and Monster an

artist-led curatorial agency. In 2009, he was acting Project Manager for Wales at

the Venice Biennale and subsequent exhibition tour. In 2011, he co-founded Goat

Major Projects a flexible project space in Cardiff, curating 4 shows in the first year

programme including The Witching Hour: Artists from Wales using sound. In 2012,

he was the first Glynn Vivian Gallery Artist in Residence, exhibited as part of

Soundworks, ICA, London and presented a series of public interventions as part

of UNSEEN: Experimentica at Chapter, Cardiff. He is an invited artist member of the

Contemporary Art Society, London and a current recipient of a Creative Wales

Award from the Arts Council of Wales.


ALT Welsh Biog 10/2012


Artist a churadur yw Richard Higlett a chyd-sylfaenydd Goat Major Projects. Bu'n gweithio gyda Chyngor Caerdydd ar ddathliadau Canmlwyddiant 2005, lle gweithiodd gyda Fforwm Celf Weledol Caerdydd ar gychwyn project Caerdydd Gyfoes. Ef a roddodd gychwyn i Adnoddau Artistiaid Caerdydd (www.artcardiff.com) yn 2007. Adwaenir y sefydliad erbyn hyn fel CelfCaerdydd. Gweithiodd fel ymgynghorydd artistig ar fenter Caerdydd Gyfoes ac mae wedi gweithio fel ymgynghorydd hefyd i Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru. Ef oedd Rheolwr Project Cymru yn Biennale Fenis yn 2009. Mae'n dal i weithio fel artist a churadur ac wedi arddangos yn genedlaethol ac yn rhyngwladol. Roedd ei arddangosfa ddiweddaraf yn yr ICA yn Llundain. Ers Ebrill 2012, mae wedi dyfeisio a chreu gofod project bychan yn Nhreganna, Caerdydd. Mae Project Goat Major wedi cynnal 7 arddangosfa hyd yn hyn, a bydd yn datblygu ei broffil yn 2013 fel gofod rhyngwladol ar gyfer celf a sain. Ym mis Tachwedd 2012 bydd yn cyflwyno darn newydd o'r enw "Cerddoriaeth gan Geir" fel rhan o Experimentica yn Chapter, Caerdydd.

Curriculum Vitae


Richard Higlett DOB: 27/08/66

Nationality : UK British, Currently Based Cardiff, Wales, UK

Recent Solo exhibitions

2012 Endless Kiss, Goat Major Projects, Cardiff, Wales, UK

2011 Welcome to Your World, G39, Cardiff Wales, UK

2011 Song of the Years End, (l:l)WWSOTA, Camarthen, Wales, UK

2010 Phantasien, (l:l) Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales, UK

2007 Unbound (Cinema Screenings), Chapter Arts, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Some Group exhibitions

2014 Colm Cille Spiral, London Street Gallery, Derry, UK

2013 Farm Shop, Nantyffin Studio, Penycae, Wales UK

2012 Experimentica, Chapter, Cardiff, Wales, UK

2012 Soundworks, ICA London, UK

2012 Man Don't Give a F***, Flash Motorcade, Bristol, UK

2011 The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, UK

2011 Nothing Gold Can Stay, Angelika, High Wycombe, UK

2011 Matt Roberts Salon, Matt Roberts Gallery, London, UK

2011 Rhodio, Pane Vino e San Daniele, Venice, Italy

2011 Sounds of the Valley, Pontadawe Art Centre, Wales, UK

2010 The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, UK

2010 We Have The Mirrors, Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales, UK

2009 Extrordinary Days, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales, UK

2008 A Song for Jack Exhibition, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, Wales, UK

2008 Comic Ladder, St Davids Hall, Cardiff, Wales, UK

2008 If you build it they will come, G39 Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK

2008 Rotate, Contemporary Art Society, London, UK

2008 Welsh Artist of the Year, St. Davids Hall, Cardiff, Wales, UK

2008 Re:Drawing, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown Wales, UK

2007 6 in 6 weeks, Moot Gallery, Nottingham, UK

2006 Undercover, Oriel Davies gallery, Newtown, Wales, UK

2005 Flourish, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic

2005 Anima, Gallery B-312, Montreal, Canada


2014 Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, Wales, UK.

2014 Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales, UK.

As Curator

2013 Tips For Artists (Co-curator) Goat Major Projects, Cardiff, Wales, UK

2012 The Witching Hour Goat Major Projects, Cardiff, Wales, UK

2012 Scalped, Goat Major Projects, Cardiff, Wales,UK

2012 Assembled at Home: Mike Murray, Goat Major Projects, Cardiff, Wales, UK

2011 Thelightgetsin, Hay festival, UK

2008 Rotate, Contemporary Art Society, London UK

2007 Loners' Island, G39, Cardiff, Wales, UK

2000 Dealers In Junk, The Annex, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, UK

As Gallerist


Co-founder of Goat Major Projects, Cardiff, Wales, UK



2012 Sound Car, Bangor Soiund City, Bangor, Wales, UK

2009 SoundPOOL, Sound Festival Cologne and on-line Global.

2008 A Song for Jack, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, Wales, UK

2008 Spin, Artcast Folly, Podcast UK-based organisation.

2008 A Home in Distant Stars, The Daily Constitutional, broadcast New York, USA.


2013 Red Rats,during Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.

2012 A These Worlds Are Yours Except… With band Bearman, Cardiff, UK

2003 10,000 Reflective Copper Discs, Urban Legacies:

Aint no love in the heart of the city, CBAT & public sites, Cardiff, UK

Initiated Projects

2012 Cardiff Contemporary Open Studios Project, Cardiff UK

2011 Dont Shoot The Messenger, Mobile Sound Art Gallery, Various UK

2008 ARC Artists Resource Cardiff, On-line, South Wales UK

2007 Mermaid and Monster, On-line, UK

Competitions, prizes and awards

2013Creative Wales Award, Arts Council of Wales, Cardiff UK

2005Creative Wales Award, Arts Council of Wales, Cardiff UK

2005 1st prize Oriel Davies Open, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown Wales, UK


2012 Gylnn Vivian Gallery Residency, Swansea, Wales, UK

2011 /12 Chapter Studios Residency, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Selected Publications

2008 Re:Drawing Catalogue

2008 Re-Imaging Wales

2006 Anima Catalogue

2005 Flourish Catalogue

Member of Contemporary Art Society, London, UK



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