Biggs & Collings

Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings began collaborating in 2001.


Emma Biggs studied Fine Art at Leeds University in the late 1970s. She has worked as a mosaic artist for almost thirty years, setting up Mosaic Workshop in the 1980s; a craft-based mosaic company. Her practice has an aesthetic sensibility whose aims and ideals connect to those of William Morris and the Bauhaus, and is informed by her study of historical mosaics. The mosaic tradition she works out of begins in Babylon, encompasses Roman and Byzantine art, and is renewed with early modernism. She is currently writing a book on this history and has written many others. She has worked in cathedrals and mosques, in the UK and abroad. She is Senior Tutor in mosaic at West Dean College.

Matthew Collings studied painting at art school in the 1970s. On graduating he began writing reviews for the UK based magazine Artscribe. In the 1980s and 90s, after taking over the editorship of Artscribe, and turning it into a successful international publication, he was the art critic on BBC2′s The Late Show until the mid 90s. Since then he has written many books on art, including Blimey! From Bohemia to Britpop: The London Artworld from Francis Bacon to Damien Hirst and This Is Modern Art. He also wrote and presented for Channel 4 a number of highly successful and acclaimed TV series. These include This Is Modern Art, which won many awards including a BAFTA. His recent programmes What Is Beauty and Renaissance Revolution were made for the BBC. For many years he presented Channel 4′s live annual coverage of the Turner Prize. He has always kept up his practice as a painter. Since completing an MA at Goldsmith’s in 1992 he has taken part in many exhibitions.