The Dry Version 

Helen Kilby Nelson is a multi-disciplinary, artist, educator and writer based in rural Warwickshire.

 

Helen's practice includes independent and collaborative working, with different communities and organisations both on and offline.  Areas of research include accessibility and equity within the arts and wider societal systems, knowledge sharing and development, commonalities, borderless living, health and wellbeing. Helen has worked with a variety of media, using processes that include written word, moving image, photography, music, analogue and digital painting and drawing, and found images to create 2D works, sculptural installations and creative spaces.

 

Helen has designed, developed and delivered artist development programmes, and art workshops for organisations and for independent projects. 

Helen Identifies as working class and with lived experience of a long term health condition, tapping into her own experiences to identify, interrogate, highlight and invite dialogue on inequities within society. 

Helen is open to enquiries for art, writing and project commissions that synthesise with are current areas of interest.

 

"I continually question hierarchies, relationships and behaviours and their impact on individuals and groups who are marginalised in a continuously fracturing society. My thinking is analytical and often non linear, discovering that which appears insignificant as there for a reason, peeling away layers of (mis)information, semiotics, verbal and written language to find connections and truth. Through continuous research I joint together dots."

 

The 'ME' Version

Hi and welcome to my website,

I am an artist, educator and curator based in a tiny village on the outskirts of Stratford upon Avon.  I came a little bit late to the 'art world' party, and I have to say it isn't much of a party!  I've always been creative, beginning with music at the tender age of 5, playing flute and electronic keyboard and composing my music. I also enjoyed drawing and painting but going to University wasn't on the cards for me, and certainly not to study art. I had to get a 'proper job'. With hindsight this was probably good advice if I'm to compare it to the last 8 years as a practice artist! 

I graduated in 2018 with a First (not that anyone is interested in that once you've left the world of academia), in BA (Hons) Fine Art & Contemporary Cultures awarded by the University of Gloucester. I studied at Warwickshire College though for the 3 years of HE study. If it hadn't been available there I probably wouldn't have studied for a degree at all due to my life long health conditions.

I get a lot of satisfaction from collaborative working practices but also need my own space more often that those collaborative ones. I have worked with various communities and organisations, both on and offline.

The stuff that sticks in my throat and burns down into the pit of my stomach, is inequality and inequity. Yep, that stuff really pisses me off. I see it everyday in our society and in the arts. In simple terms I don't understand why it is ok for some to have nothing and for those others to keep it all for themselves. I don't know about you, but I'm sick of inaccessible opportunities, buildings, living, knowledge, events etc. So that's what my work is about and it manifests in various ways.

I work with a variety of media - writing, moving images, photography, music, painting, drawing, 2D, 3D and installations. I design games that act as educational tools for artist development. I design and deliver creative workshops for artists and the wider public.

I am not based in London or any other city. Art doesn't only happen in cities or large towns. It happens in small towns, villages, tiny hamlets, kitchen tables and garden sheds. Difference is healthy, acceptance of difference is even healthier, finding commonalities is gold dust. Being together or being alone we can should still be able to connect. Still be able to work as artists.

I'd love to hear from you, particularly if you are interested in shrinking the gaps caused by geography, economic or health status.

Helen x

*I make no apology for any errors in the text. Embrace them. I do :-)