Approved: 16.08.2006

Helen Dryden


Approved: 16.08.2006

I am a visual artist living and working in Leeds.

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  • Location: Leeds, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Studio practice
  • Categories: Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting
  • Tags: utopia, alternate reality, youth culture, music culture, feminism, freedom, atheism, women, fashion, humour






      I am a visual artist living and working in Leeds.

      Inspired by a variety of clashing and overlapping subjects, (feminism, freedom, music and youth culture, nature, utopia, beauty, family...) I make expressive, vibrant acrylic paintings which evoke feelings of nostalgia, euphoria, and happiness; and give rise to reflection on human relationships, while questioning our aspirations.

      Co-founder of Sketch That: a non-elitist art group, where each member has an equally respected voice, whether they are a professional artist or an amateur. We support each other and share skills and advice through our facebook group, and we explore our local area through monthly 'urban sketching' meets.

      In 2015 I was awarded a Creative Industries Trafford Micro-Commission award, the resulting exhibition, 'Boom- Shk...' was named as one of The Big Issue in the North's top 10 exhibitions.
      I graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2000.



      CV & Education


      1997-2000 Leeds Metropolitan University, Graphic Arts and Design BA(Hons) 2:1

      Solo exhibitions:

      2015 - East Street Arts Open Studios, Leeds.

      2015 - Boom, shk (g'dit-g'dit-dat)
      (Phonetic: the ubiquitous drum breakbeat of the UK 90s rave scene), Waterside Arts Centre, Sale.

      2014 – Another New Entry, Jordan's Solicitors, Wakefield (part of Artwalk Wakefield)

      2014 – Sodium Laureth Sulphate, The Crooked House, Leeds

      2013/14 – bof! Bowery Visual Arts, Leeds
      2007 - Paintings and Printings, Otley Courthouse, Otley
      2006 - Helen Dryden at The Reform Bar, The Reform Bar, Leeds., Leeds
      2005 - Solo Exhibition, Art's Cafe, Leeds, West Yorkshire


      Group exhibitions:
      *Co Curator

      2016 - SPECTRUM, PS Mirabel, Manchester

      2016 - Her Sela Art Thing II, Sela Bar, Leeds.

      2016 - Moments, The Bowery, Leeds.

      2015 - Sketch That Group Show 2015, Heart (Headingley Arts and Enterprise Centre)*

      2015 - Screen Dump at Love Arts Leeds*

      2015 - Shelf Life, PS Mirabel, Manchester

      2015 - Sketch That visit Kirkstall Abbey, Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre, Leeds*

      2014 - Sketch That Group show, Heart (Headingley Arts and Enterprise Centre)*

      2014 - The Mustard Pot, Chapel Allerton Arts Trail

      2014 - Otley Courthouse 10th Anniversary show, Otley

      2014 - Mexico Members' Show, Mexico, Leeds

      2013 – Chirpy, Chapel Allerton Arts Trail
      2013 - Colourful Creations, The Classroom Gallery, Nottingham
      2009 - Leeds Gallery Open, Leeds Art Gallery
      2009 - Particles, Particles, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
      2008 - Leeds Bradford Imprint, Tonic Art Space at LGI, The Carriageworks, and Leeds Design Innovation Centre, Leeds
      2008 - Salon, Patrick Studios, St Mary's Lane, Leeds
      2007 - 7 Year Itch, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, Leeds
      2007 - Hornseys First Anniversary Show, Hornseys Gallery,Ripon, North Yorkshire.
      2007 - Imprint, Leeds General Infirmary Tonic Gallery, Design Innovation Centre, The Light, Leeds
      2007 - Leeds Artists' Show 2007, Leeds Art Gallery
      2007 - Shoes: The Agony and the Ecstasy, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford
      2006 - Artist's Show 2006, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds
      2006 - Fusion, photography exhibition, Total Image Nation, Design Innovation Centre
      2006 - Imprint Leeds, print exhibition, Across Leeds: LGI, Design Innovation Centre and the Swarthmore Centre
      2006 - Multiply, Corn Exchange, Leeds, West Yorkshire
      2006 - Off The Shelf, Saltburn Gallery, Saltburn, North Yorkshire
      2006 - Sefton Open 2006, The Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, Merseyside
      2006 - The Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
      2005 - Group show, Art's Cafe, Leeds, West Yorkshire
      2004 - Keighley Arts Factory, Keighley, West Yorkshire
      2004 - Portraits Now, Crescent Arts, Scarborough, North Yorkshire


      Competitions, prizes and awards:
      2015 - CIT (Creative Industries Trafford) Micro-Commission Award, selected in partnership with Castlefield Gallery. This award is funded by Arts Council England and seeks to help develop the work of promising contemporary artists.

      2009 - Who are you? Photographic competition - runner up, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, West Yorkshire
      2008 - Creative 30 - Nomination, VICE, Volvo, The Independent and Yahoo!,
      2008 - Street and Studio: Urban portraiture photography competition., Tate Modern, London, UK


      'Street or Studio' photobook



      2016 - Freaky Monday Body Swap, online event, Leeds

      2006 - Testbed 4, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, Leeds


      2016 - 'Family Fun' - make your own expressive painting, Bowery, Leeds
      2013 - Living Breathing Drawing, Woodhouse Community Centre, Leeds

      Art Fairs:

      2013 – Juju Showcase Spectacular, Leeds

      2013 – MAKE Art and Design Fair, Wakefield

      2007 - Leeds Art Fair Lite, The Light, Leeds

      2005 and 2006 - Leeds Art Fair, The Light, Leeds, West Yorkshire