Approved: 18.09.2014

Helen Acklam

Artist, Event organiser

Approved: 18.09.2014



    Artist Statement

    My work is about experiences and memories that are central to my existence, things that are sometimes pushed to the back of my mind or that haven't yet entered into thought; things that I just have a sense of.  

    The process of painting and making - of mixing, blurring, layering, hiding, revealing, constructing and destroying, seems to me to echo the process of moving through thoughts and memories into different psychological spaces.  

    I’m interested in collapsing the gap between binary positions and looking at what emerges in the tensions in-between.   At what point does the private become public? When does the past become part of the present?  Moving between figuration and abstraction, space and flatness, the conscious and unconscious mark, when is there some order amongst the chaos?  It seems to me that its at those tipping points, like the very top of a breath, that something has a chance to slip out.

    CV & Education

    2012-2014       MA Fine Art     (Distinction ),  University of Brighton

    2013-2014       residency, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton




    March                          313, Brighton

    June                             MAFA 2013, Interim Degree Show, University of Brighton

    September                    PURE Autumn Arts Fair, Battle – prize awarded,  ‘Emerging Artist’

    October                        Mutopia, DeptfordX, London

    October                        STRARTA, Saatchi Gallery, London

    October                        128, Brighton



    22 May – 12 July          Wing Gallery

    3 July – 10 July            MA Fine Art 2014,  Degree Show, University of Brighton.

    12 – 20 Sept               Pure Arts Fair, East Sussex  –  prize awarded  ‘Best Overall Artist’



    March                                      STRATA, Clerkenwell, London

    8 – 12 Dec                   FLUX, Royal College of Art, London



    16 June – 16 July         Wing Gallery

    22 – 24 July                  The Other Art Fair, Arnolfini, Bristol

    July                              Selected for Freshpaint Magazine, International Issue no 14

    1 – 30 Aug                   The Arcades Project at The Unit,  St James Arcade, Bristol

    2 – 9 Sept                    Group Exhibition, Spike Island Test Space, Bristol

    1 – 30 Sept                  ‘Bodies’ – a residency at The Unit, St James Arcade, Bristol

    21 Oct – 19 Nov           Black Swan Arts Open 2016, Frome, Somerset



    2 + 3 Feb                     TateExchange, Tate Modern, London with Spike Associates

    28 April – 1 May           Spike Associates at Spike Open Studios Weekend, Spike Island, Bristol

    30 April – 30 June         Adelina Yard, Bristol. (exhibition with Victoria Coombes)

    15 July – 15 Oct           Southmead General Hospital, Bristol (group exhibition, Synecdoche)