Approved: 19.10.2018

Helen Kilby-Nelson

Artist, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 19.10.2018

My work is fed by a focused anger and dissatisfaction resulting from social and political inequality within Western culture. A culture immersed in consumerism, perfection, power, success and status. Society has fractured, why has it and what is the impact on the individual, the community, society as a whole? My work is a process of socially engaged practice, research, observation, writing, exploring materiality and immateriality, semiotics, still and moving images, sound, voice and music. The final art piece is not restricted to one medium, the process informs how the final piece is presented and is often a juxtaposition of seemingly disparate audio and visualisation. My art allows me to respond to these issues and share those responses with the intent of asking awkward questions and opening dialogue. 

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    Biography

    My work is fed by a focused anger and dissatisfaction resulting from social and political inequality within Western culture. A culture immersed in consumerism, perfection, power, success and status. Society has fractured, why has it and what is the impact on the individual, the community, society as a whole? My work is a process of socially engaged practice, research, observation, writing, exploring materiality and immateriality, semiotics, still and moving images, sound, voice and music. The final art piece is not restricted to one medium, the process informs how the final piece is presented and is often a juxtaposition of seemingly disparate audio and visualisation. My art allows me to respond to these issues and share those responses with the intent of asking awkward questions and opening dialogue. 

     

    CV & Education

    Education:

    2018 BA First Class (Hons) Fine Art and Contemporary Cultures

    July 2017 FdA Fine Art and Contemporary Cultures

    Professional Development - ongoing:

    Artist in residence: Coventry Artspace, 09/2018 to 09/2019

    Participating artist: The Art of Coventry Programme, Older Women (an exploration of the work of Shirley Baker), Artspace Arcadia Gallery, workshops and exhibition with curator Anna Douglas. Oct/Nov 2018

    Micro residency with Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art - November/December 2018

    Collaboration with Yemi Safra, PhD Candidate @ Central St Martin’s to explore how we can shape new narratives about social housing to influence policymakers by using creative interactive methods.

    Current explorations:

    Hierarchy - Working with residents of Earlsdon, Coventry and the Stratford upon Avon District who are social housing residents.  Responding to social housing stigma, status, identity and the differences and similarities in different environments: Urban, Suburban and Rural.

    Exhibitions:

    2018 For the Sake of a Shilling, Artspace Arcadia Gallery, Coventry

    2018 Worth/Less, Degree Show, WCG, Leamington Spa

    2018 Fractured, My Muse Group Exhibition, Picture House, Stratford upon Avon

    2017 This is Normal 30seconds30minutes30film, Group Exhibition, Square One, Coventry

    2017 This is Normal 30seconds30minutes30film, Group Exhibition, The Tin, Coventry

    2017 Not As It Seems, Group Exhibition, Leamington Spa

    2017 Beauty and the Beast, Group Exhibition, Picture House, Stratford upon Avon

    Publications:

    2018 Participating in Coventry Biennial,  A Reflection of Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art 2017, http://www.coventrybiennial.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Coventry-Biennial-Shifting-Ground-2018-DIGITAL.pdf

    2018 Review: Sam Belinfante, Accordion, Review: http://newartwestmidlands.co.uk/editorial/review-sam-belinfante-accordion/

    2017 Docublogger, Spon Spun Festival 2017

    https://www.sponspun.co.uk/news/page/2/

    2017, Reflections of a Participant,  Review of Repeator:Transmission, City Arcade, Coventry (a-n)

    https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/repeator-office-for-art-design-and-technology/date/2017/07/

    Professional Experience:

    Workshop Co-lead, Signmaking, Oasis Community Cafe, Spon End, Spon Spun 2018: October 2018

    Founder of the Tenants’ Action Group South Warwickshire - A grass roots tenant led organisation working as a ‘critical friend’ to Orbit Housing.

    Co-founder of The Shared Collective, an artists’ collective based in Leamington Spa focusing on peer to peer support and community engagement and other projects.

    2017 Video compilation and editing for artist Rosie Brown, ‘Carriers of Hope’, City Arcadia, Coventry. Hosted by Coventry Artspace.

    2017 Install Assistant, Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art. Front of House Assistant, Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art.

    2017 Research and Evaluation Assistant, Spon Spun Festival, Coventry. ‘Docublogger’ of all events for Spon Spun Festival website. Workshop leader, Spon Spun Festival, Coventry.

    2014/16 Founder of an online art group specifically for people coping with mental health issues.

    Writing:

    2018 Conversations and Reflections: An Anthology, PDF

    2018 Art as an Amplifier for Community Voices, PDF

    2017 Post-Truth, Fake News and Happy Clickers, PDF