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Artist, Writer, Activist, interested in stigma, hierarchies and identity; mass control, surveillance and capitalism, inside, outside and the inbetween of physical and digital relationships.

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Black Hole Club, 2019 Launch, Digbeth, Birmingham

Friday, 1st March, Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham  B5 5RS

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I will be exhibiting work along with 18 selected artists at this launch of the Black Hole Club 2019 Cohort.

 

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ABOUT ME

I am a visual experimental artist based in Warwickshire, UK.  I have a BA First with Honours in Fine Art & Contemporary Cultures. My practice is interdisciplinary and navigates the curious place within which we live our lives in a post-digital age.An exploration of  duality, semiotics , hierarchies and widely accepted behaviours  within society.

Utilising a mix of media allows me to explore more fully ideas about identity, society, the digital world, the real world and how we live between the two.  Moving image, spoken word, music and photography are predominant in my work.  I have also had written work published on The Artist Information Company website, as well as the New Art West Midlands website, and in the Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art 2018 publication 'Shifting Ground'.

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BIOGRAPHY

Helen is inspired and driven through observed and lived experience in this place we call society.  What even is society anymore?  Helen is social, political, she gets angry but that anger is channelled through constant research, interaction and observation.  It is the injustices, the divisions, the pressures, the misinformation, stigma and hierarchies, the relationship between the digital world and the real world. With a strong interest in digital technology Helen explores this medium in her work.  Helen enjoys experimenting with many mediums and often merges many skills within her work.

Helen achieved a First with Honours in BA (Hons) Fine Art & Contemporary Cultures.  She is currently Artist in Residence at Coventry Artspace, Coventry, UK and has been selected as one of the artists for the Black Hole Club 2019 cohort, an artist development programme hosted by Vivid Projects, Digbeth, Birmingham, UK.  Previous residencies include Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art: Bear & Ragged Staff - Ideas of the Rural and Coventry Artspace Artist Development Programme: Older Women workshop & exhibition.

Helen has exhibited in Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

Helen has written for The Artist Information Company blog spot, Warwick University. Spon Spun Festival 2017,  New Art West Midlands, Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art: 'Shifting Ground', and Coventry Artspace.

Helen is the co-founder of an Artists' Collective initiative in Leamington Spa, The Shared Collective, founder of an action group for social housing tenants in South Warwickshire, and facilitator of opportunities for creative and critical dialogue.

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Principal's Address, Graduation Ceremony, Warwick

Curators Choice Award, Spon Spun Festival 2018, Coventry - 2nd place.

PAST EXHIBITIONS

2018 Backbone, Group Exhibition, Art of Coventry, Arcadia Gallery, Coventry

2018 For the Sake of a Shilling, Group Exhibition, Spon Spun Festival, Arcadia Gallery,

Coventry (2nd place in Curator’s Choice Award)

2018 Worth//Less, The Other Side of June, Degree Show, Leamington Spa

2017 30seconds30minutes30film, Group Exhibition, End//Begin//Dialogue,

Scratch the Surface Festival, Square One, Coventry

2017 30seconds30minutes30film, Group Exhibition, End//Begin//Dialogue,

Scratch the Surface Festival, The Tin, Coventry

2017 Beauty and the Beast, Group Exhibition, Picture House, Stratford upon Avon

 

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