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About

Helen Nelson

Born in Warwickshire, UK

Lives & works in Warwickshire & West Midlands

 

Helen Nelson works across media within post-digital and socially engaged approaches. 

Combining writing, digital and analogue media, including photography, moving image, spoken word and music, to construct sculptural, installation and 2D works that explore and question the layers of meaning, information and misinformation in media communications and multi-player games, that program societal values and attitudes towards, status, material possessions, and identity. Helen is particularly interested in how such communication is often used to reinforce public perceptions of ‘the haves and the have nots’ and denigrates minority groups.  Helen's practice is inspired by social and political issues within Western culture, primarily focused on the digital and built environment, identity, behaviour and commonisms. Much of the work explores causality from mass control, neo-liberalism, capitalism and consumerism.  

CV

Education

2015 - 2018 University of Gloucester

BA (Hons) 1st - Fine Art & Contemporary Cultures

 

Residencies/Memberships

2019 Cohort, Black Hole Club, Vivid Projects, Birmingham ( March 2019 to 

December 2019)

 

Oct 2019 Documenting The Twin, Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Instagram takeover, Axisweb

(18th-25th)

 

Oct 2019 Orrbbitt Online Instagram Residency, Orrbbitt

(7th-13th)

 

2018-2019 Graduate Artist in Residence, Coventry Artspace (Sept 2018 - Sept 2019)

 

Nov 2018 Bear & Ragged Staff - Ideas of the Rural, Coventry Biennial 

 

Oct 2018 Older Women, Art of Coventry Artist Development Programme, Coventry Artspace

Exhibitions 

2019 Seepage, Group Show, Open Projects, Coventry Cathedral, Coventry

2019 Seepage, Group Show, Big Screen, Inside Outside, Laboratory of Dissent 2, Chapel Arts

Studio, Winchester School of Art, Winchester

2019 32 Brains, Solo show, Artspace Arcadia Gallery Coventry

2019 For the Sake of a Shilling, Project Coventry, Group Show, Class Room & Holyhead Studios,

Coventry

2019 Worth//Less, Black Hole Club 2019 Launch, Group Show, Vivid Projects, Birmingham

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 This is Normal, 30seconds30minutes30film, Group Exhibition, End//Begin//Dialogue, 

Scratch the Surface Festival, The Tin, Coventry

 

Events

2019 ‘Mock the Weak’, Workshop, Spam & Chips, Co-op(t) Arty Party 2: Integrate, Coventry

2019 ‘What Do Artists Do All Day?’, Kilby-Nelson & Neal, A Conversation, Arcadia Gallery, Coventry

2019 ‘Re-imagining Monopoly’, Workshop, ‘32 Brains’, Arcadia Gallery, Coventry

Publications

Nov 2019 Review - Twin Stranger: Entangled State, New Art West Midlands

Nov 2019 The Twin at Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2019, Axisweb, website & e-bulletin

Aug 2019 The Duality of Belonging, ‘Another Place Like Home’, Andrew Jackson

Nov 2018

To May 2019 Graduate Artist in Residence Monthly Blog, Coventry Artspace Website

2018 Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Shifting Ground, Participating in Coventry 

Biennial of Contemporary Art 2017

2018 New Art West Midlands, Review: Sam Belinfante, Accordion, Coventry

2017 Docublogger, Spon Spun Festival 2017, Coventry

2017 a-n, member blog - Ryan Hughes, Review of Repeator:Transmission, City Arcadia, 

Coventry 

Selected Press

 

Aug 2019 ‘Q&A’, New Art West Midlands, Editorial

Aug 2019 ‘Digital Living’, Axisweb Monthly Playlist

June 2019 ‘Artist Spotlight’, Interview, Curating Coventry, Wordpress Blog

May 2019 ‘360° Perpetuation’, Axisweb Weekly Highlights

Jan 2019 ‘For the Sake of a Shilling’, Axisweb, Sound & Vision, Five to Watch

Dec 2018 ‘Housing Hierarchy’, Axisweb Weekly Highlights

Oct 2018 ‘Worth//Less’, Axisweb Weekly Highlights

Oct 2018 ‘For the Sake of a Shilling’, Prize Winner, Spon Spun Arts & Heritage Festival