The Story

Helen grew up in Manchester with her brother and parents who were a psychiatrist and biologist. Their scientific manners led Helen to be permanently inquisitive within her surroundings. A curiosity for nature, the mind and colour developed early on. 


screen printing

The Printing Story

After graduating from the Camberwell College of Art in 2005 with a Masters in Printmaking, Helen set up a screen printing studio in south London. A couple of years later she teamed up with Lucy Bainbridge and now works at Bainbridge studio, a creative hub for over 50 artists. Working amongst such varied talents (e.g. public artist, sculptors, street artist, letterpress and textile designer) has led to exciting collaborations and great exchanges of skills and creative dialogue. Helen has spent the last 10 years pushing and combining the traditional printing techniques with modern technologies, her mac book never too far away. Loving typography, maps, medical diagrams and noticing the everyday, she likes to capture subtle patterns and combine them with familiar imagery. Often celebrating a specific area by collecting photographs, researching stories and historical associations, she likes to capture it by combining text, drawings and digital images in layers of colour to create an immersive, interesting and beautiful original piece of art.


Barking town centre hoarding project
Bolton at Home office window graphics

Public Artworks

Her artwork and images have lent themselves to projects in art, illustration, public artwork, hotels and commercial industries. She has collaborated with artists to create over 300 meters of hoarding designs, window graphics, hospital and hotel artwork as well as private commissions.


Workshops

Helen runs printmaking and art workshops in a number of venues across London, these include bookmaking, screen printing and textiles with adults, children and marginalised groups. She also runs workshops within community groups and companies to feed into commissioned artwork especially in public spaces. She regularly teaches at Core Arts, a mental health arts charity, The Papered Parlour and at The Pump House gallery.

papered parlour workshop
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screen printing workshop
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Exhibitions

Below are a selection of recent exhibitions, Helen's work can be found in Aubergine, For Arts Sake, The Last Supper and Studio 73. It is also held in public collections at the V&A and University of the Arts, London.

May 16 Clore Education Centre, British Museum
May 16 Dulwich Open, Bainbridge Studio, London
Mar 16 AAF Battersea Park, London
Mar 16 Loop Loughborough Hotel Gallery, Brixton
Nov 14 Solo Show, Gallery 73, Brixton
Jul 14 We Rise With Style, West Elm, London
Jun 14 Loop 14, Bankside Gallery, London
May 14 Dulwich Open, Bainbridge Studios, London
May 14 Bainbridge Open, Embassy Tea Gallery, London
Mar 14 Brixton Diner Pop Up, London
Nov 13 Offline Art Fair, Embassy Tea Gallery, London
Nov 13 Gallery 73, Brixton
July 13 2 person show, Romeo Jones, London
May 13 Bainbridge Open, Embassy Tea Gallery, London
May 13 Print, Tunnel Gallery, Tonbridge
May 13 Dulwich Open, Bainbridge Studios, London
Mar 13 Commonplaces, Hackney Cut, London
Nov 12 Londonart, Dulwich, London
Apr 12 Over the Radar, Core Arts, London
Mar 12 The Space Between Us, Vyner St Gallery, London
Aug 11 Bite, Mall Galleries, London
July 11 Crossrail, View Tube, Olympic Site, London
May 11 Dulwich Open, Bainbridge Studios, London
Apr 11 Loop ’11, Bankside Gallery, London
Mar 11 The City, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
Nov 10 Views from the Edge, View Tube, Olympic Site, London
Sep 10 London Lives, Bankside Gallery, Southwark, London
May 10 Dulwich Open, Bainbridge Studios, London
Apr 10 SLWA Bankside Gallery, Southwark, London
Oct 09 Lambeth Wide Open, Bainbridge Studios, London
Jun 09 Loop09, Redchurch St Gallery, London
May 09 Dulwich Open Bainbridge Studios, London
Mar 09 Affordable Arts Fair, Battersea Park, London
Feb 09 Loop09, Clifford Chance law firm, Canary Warf, London
Jul 08 Loop08, Menier Gallery, Southwark Street, London
Mar 08 Affordable Arts Fair, Battersea Park, London
Jul 07 Loop07, Bankside Gallery, Southbank, London
Nov 06 Winter Show, Will’s Art Warehouse, Putney, London
Oct 06 Stranger Thoughts, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Santiago
Oct 06 Loop06, Menier Gallery, Southwark Street, London
Oct 06 Little People Thoughts, Museum MAN, Liverpool Biennial

Publications

Helen has featured in a number of articles and publications.

2015 Will you marry me - Creative wedding planning and design
2014 Paper Only - 20 Way to kick start your creativity
2013 State of the Art - Vol 1  Bare Hill Publishing
Mar 2013 Digital Artist
Jan 2012 Independent
Winter 2011 Printmaking Today
Spring 2011 Printmaking Today
Aug 2009 FT Weekend Magazine
Jul 2009 Fallyrag
2009 Installations and Experimental Printmaking A&C Black Publishers
July 2008 Design Week
Summer 2008 Printmaking Today 
Summer 2007 Printmaking Today


Upcoming Shows & Events

As part of Dulwich Open House we will be opening the studio doors at Bainbridge Studio
1 Sydenham Place
West Norwood
SE27 0AR

7/8th May and 14/15th May
11am - 6am

See you there!