Approved: 14.10.2014

Helen Peyton

Artist, Curator, Maker

Approved: 14.10.2014

I am the artist in residence and founder/director of Smart Gallery (Social Museum & Art Gallery), a project I have developed where I invite the public to loan objects that would engage them in an exhibition and I make artworks and contemporary linocuts inspired by this collection.  Two of these reduction works were selected for the Flourish Award – Yorkshire Printmaker of the Year and Open Up North 2014, they received Judges Commendations at both exhibitions.

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  • Location: Skipton, Yorkshire
  • Contexts: Curatorial, Project
  • Artforms: Drawing, Printmaking
  • Tags: radio valve, reduction linocut, printmaking, art, original print, make up, bedouin, award winner, drawing, shadows, museum piece, award winning
 

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    Biography

    I am the artist in residence and founder/director of Smart Gallery (Social Museum & Art Gallery), a project I have developed where I invite the public to loan objects that would engage them in an exhibition and I make artworks and contemporary linocuts inspired by this collection.  Two of these reduction works were selected for the Flourish Award – Yorkshire Printmaker of the Year and Open Up North 2014, they received Judges Commendations at both exhibitions.

    Smart Gallery was inspired after an extensive residency with Craven Museum & Gallery and my ongoing love of objects, their stories, histories and their association to our emotions.

    Works developed through this residency have included, three that were selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2011 and 2012, Record Player, Television and Ekho Radio. With Record Player being selected to promote the RA, reproduced as a greetings card, and the original, a permanent feature in the Leeds City Art Gallery collection.

    My work was selected to represent the process of reduction linocut in a coffee table book called ‘Low Tech’ by Caspar Williamson for Lawrence King Publishing.

    In 2012 I was filmed for the 2nd series of The Dales, where I was followed throughout my busy schedule for 6 weeks, including giving Adrian Edmondson, the shows host, a drawing lesson.

    Using printmaking as my inspiration I have developed The Print Room, a pop up printmaking space with exhibition, studio and workshop, showcasing the various techniques and letting the public experience them hands on. Recent projects have included the very successful Derdlab Press in Craven Court, Skipton, initially a 6 week pop up celebrating letterpress printing that was so well received is still going strong one year on! and Grassington Festival WordLab, print bombing a village for a 2 week period.

    CV & Education

    Education
    PGCE,  Huddersfield University 1997-1999
    BDes (Hons) in Illustration and Printmaking
    Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee University, Fife, 1994-1997
    Foundation Studies, Harrogate College, North Yorkshire, 1992-1993

    Employment
    Artist in Residence: Grassington Festival 2014
    Artist in Residence and Founder: Smart Gallery Jan 2014 - Current
    Artist in Residence: Craven Museum and Gallery, Skipton Jan 2010 –Current 
    Visual Arts Director: Grassington Festival 2004- 2008
    Consultant: Art in the Pen.  March 2008 - current
    Creative Director of Visual Arts: Grassington Festival. 2005-2008
    Art and Design Tutor (p.t.):     Craven College, Skipton, Since 1997 - 2013
                                               Granary Arts, Skipton. Since 2008- current
                                               Bradford College of Art and Design 2003-2005  
    Arts Development Coordinator: Art Connections, Chrysalis Arts Ltd. 
    April 2003 – April 2004. One year funded contract
    Photographer & Illustrator: Settle and Pendle Heritage Centres.1989-1992
    Mentor: Privately Since 2004

    Published Print Work
    Book – Low Tech (shared print credit) Lawrence King
    Quarterly Periodical – Homebrew Handbook

    Published Photographic Work
    Book - Looking up in London (sole photographer credit) Wiley Academy
    Book - Looking up in Edinburgh (sole photographer credit) Wiley Academy
    Book - Fabulous Food Shops (shared photographer credit) Wiley Academy
    Book - Pub Scene (shared photographer credit) Wiley Academy
    Quarterly Magazine - Heritage
    Newspapers - The Independent, Guardian, Craven Herald
    Quarterly Periodical - Architecture & Design
    Monthly Magazine – Food & Travel

    Exhibitions 
    Flourish Award. West Yorkshire Printmakers 2014 with Judges Commendations 
    Smart Gallery, Craven Museum & Gallery 2014
    Open Up North 2014 with Judges Commendations
    Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition, London.  1997, 2011, 2012
    Leeds City Art Gallery 2012
    Bradford Open at Cartwright Hall 2013 with Judges Commendations
    Mall Galleries, London 2009, 2011, 2012
    Bankside Gallery, London 2009, 12, 13
    Printfest, Ulverston 2012
    Arteria Gallery 23, Lancaster 2013
    Leeds Gallery 2011,12, 13, 14
    Beady Eye Sheffield 2010,11,12,13. 
    North Yorkshire Open Studios 2006 – current
    Hebden Bridge Open Studios 2012, 2013
    South Square Gallery, Thornton Bradford 2008,10
    Craven Museum and Gallery, Skipton yearly from 2006.
    Saltburn Artist Project, 2007
    Masham Art Gallery Impressions 2011
    Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 1997
    Mercer Gallery, Harrogate 2009,10,12
    (a mixed selection of some solo, group exhibitions)

    Work in public collections
    Leeds City Art Gallery
    Craven District Council
    Art in Healthcare, Scotland
    Skipton Castle
    Craven Museum and Gallery