Approved: 19.10.2018

Helen Kilby-Nelson

Artist, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 19.10.2018

My practice is interdisciplinary and navigates the curious place within which we live our lives in a post-digital age.

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    Biography

    My practice is interdisciplinary and navigates the curious place within which we live our lives in a post-digital age.

    An exploration of  duality, semiotics and widely accepted behaviours  within society; objectification/sexualisation, idealogical perfection, prejudice and inequality.

    Questioning the twisted layers of misinformation which sway opinion and denigrate minority groups, the vulnerable, entire demographics based on status symbols and a society which places value on appearance, and material possessions.  An ever growing chasm between 'The Have's and 'The Have Nots' (Guy Debord).

    Utilising a mix of media allows me to explore more fully ideas about identity, society, the digital world, the real world and how we live between the two.  Moving image, spoken word, music and photography are predominant in my work, I do not restrict myself to these but allow my research and experimentation to inform how the final work is expressed and have also produced sculpture, installation and painting. ?

    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 (Distinction)

    Professional Development - ongoing:

    Member of Black Hole Club 2019, Vivid Projects, Birmingham

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

    Bear & Ragged Staff:Ideas of the Rural, Residency with Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art - 2018 

    Current explorations:

    Hierarchy - Working with residents of  social housing in Warwickshire and the West Midlands.  Responding to social housing stigma, status, identity and the differences and similarities in different environments: Urban, Suburban and Rural.

    Exhibitions:

    2019 Group Exhibition, Black Hole Club 2019 Launch, Vivid Projects, Coventry

    2018 Backbone, Artspace Arcadia Gallery, Coventry

    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 Animation Workshop, Assistant, Coventry

    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