Helen Snell

Installation for Woverhampton Art Gallery 2012    Photo credit D8

Helen studied Fine Art and French at Exeter University from 1982 – 1986 and at L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.  In 1995  she completed  an M.A. in Fine Art Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts and Illustration at the Royal College of Art.                                        

 Helen started to experiment with screenprinted subversions of commercial packaging nets, changing the scale and imagery, trying to find ways of perverting tested notions of materialism. She has since exhibited these works widely, including a solo show at London Print Studios in 1998 and a solo show at Edinburgh Printmakers in 2008.                                                                                                                                                                Recent commissions include Dartington Arts to work with veteran U.S. site specific choreographer Stephan Koplowitz and his company Taskforce on a series of water related dance performances in Plymouth in June 2009.  Helen produced a site specific installation of over 300 multi coloured paper vessels at the Mayflower Steps.                                                                                                                                                          Helen completed a commission for The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth in 2011 to mark the centenary and the opening of the Dockyard Museum in 1911.                                                                                                                                                                                                  She was selected in 2011 as a finalist for the Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award competition in Sydney, Australia for recent work in laser cut paper.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

An installation of over 50 of Helen’s laser cut vessels is currently on display at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, specially commissioned for the current Joy of Making exhibition. 

 Photo Credit Matt Lee, D8.

Further information about Helen’s work can be found on



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