Alice Highet (B: London 1975), is originally from Devon and now lives and works in North East England.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am interested in how our perception of the world and our experience of time is altered through technology use. I use my smartphone to record natural phenomena: shadows, reflections, moments where time seems to slow down. I am questioning pervasive, fast, technological interaction and inviting a more engaged experience.

I work across a broad range of media including moving images, projection, sculpture, sound and immersive installations. My work is influenced by early optical toys, the origins of cinema and media archaeology. By playing with scale and using audio-visual, multi-sensory methods, I alter the sense of space and time, inviting people to pay attention through their bodies. My art evokes alternative, creative, slow states such as meditation and daydream, creating conditions which blur boundaries between psychological interior and physical exterior worlds. 

I am currently a practice-based PhD candidate, at Newcastle University, in Fine Art, Funded by Northern Bridge. I am investigating how moving-image art practice including digital devices (smart-phones) can create embodied and meaningful experiences.                   .

AWARDS

2022   Shortlisted North East Emerging Artist prize with National Trust and curator Matthew Jarratt
2021   PhD Studentship – Northern Bridge.
2020   Creative Space Residency. Bursary – North East CVAN, facilitated by Baltic. 
2020   Micro-Bursary – The Auxiliary/ Art Council England.
2019   Shortlisted Emerging Sonic Artist Exhibition Award, The Auxiliary, Middlesbrough.
2018   Institute of Physics – Public Engagement Fund.
2017   Durham University Arts Bursary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

SELECTED COMMISSIONS AND RESIDENCIES

2020   Short Film Commission – Durham University Collections, Summer in the City Festival.
2020   wonder : wander – installation, Durham County Council. Collab artist Chris Plant, with participants from mental health charity RT Projects.
2018   Collective Studio early career artist programme 18-19, NewBridge Project/ Newcastle University.
2018   Deep Adaptation, writing commission, NewBridge Project

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS, SCREENINGS AND TALKS

2022   Technology in Human and Nonhuman Animals conference – Durham University, Speaker.
2021   Still Here: 2-person exhibition, touring to Lumen London Crypt Gallery, Kickstarter funded.
2020   Online exhibition – Durham University Collections, Summer in the City Festival.
2019   NE Open Call curated by MIMA – group exhibition, Middlesbrough Art Weekender.
2019   NE Open Call curated by MIMA – group exhibition, Middlesbrough Art Weekender.
2019   The Rough Cut – screening at Tyneside Cinema, moderated by Head of Curatorial at Baltic, Irene Aristizábal.
2019   Arts of Habit, Habits of Art – Slow Time, Ecologies, Vision Symposium, Durham University, speaker and exhibitor.
2019   Still Here: 2-person exhibition, Collective Studio bursary, NewBridge Project, Newcastle.
2019   Envisioning Other Worlds: group exhibition, Lumen Studio, Bow Arts, London.
2019   Work in Progress – group exhibition, Collective Studio, NewBridge Project, Newcastle.
2018   Playing with Time – solo exhibition, funded by Institute of Physics. Working with physicists at Durham University, artwork exhibited at The Oriental Museum, Durham.
2018   Thoughtful planet 2 – group exhibition, Thought Foundation, Gateshead.
2018   Deep Adaptation – collaborative film screening, The Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle.
2017   Silent Film – screening, Cobalt Studio, Newcastle.
2017   The Experimental Frame – collaborative film screening, Hands on Film Lab, Newcastle.  

MEMEBERSHIP

LUX Moving Image Critical Forum – Newcastle group – https://lux.org.uk
NewBridge Project, Newcastle – Associate Member – https://thenewbridgeproject.com/artist/alice-highet/

Education

2017      MA Visual Art and Culture (Distinction) – Durham University 
2010      PGCE – Teesside University
1997      Bachelor of Design (Hons) – Specialising in Jewellery – Liverpool Hope University 
1992      Grade 8 Violin – Associated Board of Music

Teaching and arts education

I have 15 years arts teaching experience (PGCE), having designed and delivered freelance workshops across the North East for organisations including the Crafts Council, the Arts Council, Shipley Art Gallery. I taught jewellery at the Northern School of Art on the BA (Hons) Applied Arts and on community courses during 2003-2013. I currently teach on B-Tech Level 2 Art and Design at New College Durham. I have experience of working with people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds and with a range of special needs and mental health issues.

CREDITS

This website has been funded by a micro bursary from Auxiliary and Arts Council.
Photography credits: Matt Pickering, Steven Landles.