Derek Higginson was born in Oak Hill, Stoke-on-Trent. In his early years he showed signs of some considerable talent. His art teacher sent him to Burslem School of Art with some work he had done in class and this led to him studying at Burslem School of Art the very next week. L S Lowry visited the school on one occasion and Derek was fortunate enough to meet him and was influenced by him for many years to come.
He attended Burslem School of Art between 1944 and 1950. He gained a National Diploma in Lithography and Design.
During his carreer he spent several years designing for Ridgways Pottery Factory, Cauldon.
He exhibited with the group called “Unit of Ten” which included Harry Smith and Bill Harper. He also showed with Free Painters & Sculptors, Staffordshire Art Club (of which he was a founder member) and also exhibited in the Midlands and North of England. He was also the art teacher at Bishops Bright and Saint Gregory’s Schools.