Helen Robertson



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Academic Qualification

MA Fine Art Goldsmiths’ College, University of London


Current Teaching

Lecturer Fine Art, Central Saint Martins/Byam Shaw

Lecturer BA Photography, Camberwell College of Arts


Recent visiting teaching

Chelsea College of Art,

Kingston School of Architecture



Fine Art Practice

An interrogation of the notion of performativity in relation to site, architecture, context, body and audience underpins my practice and its history; this is explored through site responsive mixed media installation and performance for galleries, public space and non-art contexts. The work’s ethical social dimension; arising questions of agency; the potency of minoritarian positions are key concerns


Art collaborative with Lucy Gunning and Bernice Donszelmann

2018 Whitstable Biennale participatory performance Whitstable beach [these roarers]

2017 Grand Square, Greenwich participatory performance Incandescent


Selected Performance work

2018 Tate Modern Blavatnik stairwell where walls meet

2017 Architectural Association Hooke Park pine beech pine

2016 West Bay Dorset  part of Force 8 public events programme breath

2016 Granary Building, Central Saint Martins Eu Referendum Wolfgang Tillmans poster campaign

2015 Coleman Project Space Enclosed Garden: after Cy Twombly Untitled – A Painting in Nine Parts

2014 Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre triangles and circles

2014 Granary Building, Central Saint Martins room to room


Selected Installations

2017 Stephen Lawrence Gallery London Plan Unplan curated by Outside Architecture

2015 Coleman Project Space London ways from here to there

2012 Studio Voltaire London, SV12 selected by Jenni Lomax and Mike Nelson

2012 Dienstgebaeude, Zurich curated by Ryan Gander Young British Artists II

2011 Hayward Gallery Concrete Café, (solo exhibition) Bar at the Hayward

2002 Galerie Nei Liicht, Dudelange Luxembourg (solo)

1999 Matt’s Gallery, London (solo)

1995  Barbican Foyer Gallery London Blind Spot, Cell 1 (solo)

1995 Frith Street Gallery London Dorothy Cross, Ceal Floyer, Cornelia Parker, Helen Robertson, Bridget Smith

1991 Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (solo)

1990  Arnolfini Gallery Bristol Maurice Hobson, Helen Robertson, Donald Rodney, Helen Underwood


Major National and International Survey Exhibitions

2015 Hayward Gallery, London History is Now: 7 Artists take on Britain

2012 Manchester City Art Gallery Focal Points: Art and Photography

2011 Tsinghua University,Beijing Scope – new photographic practices

2005 Arts Council Touring Exhibition Longside Gallery Yorkshire Sculpture Park Size Matters

2004  Aberdeen Art Gallery Contemporary Photographs from the Arts Council Collection

1999 Museum Ludwig, Cologne Abstractionen

1999 Turin International Biennale of Photography

1999 De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill Arts Council Collection in conjunction with Edward Weston

1997 Stadthaus Ulm, Germany  Public Relations - New British Photography

1994 Anthony Reynolds Gallery London The Curator’s Egg


Video Art Festivals

2006 Paris Nuit Blanche curated by Lucy Reynolds

2005 Ekaterinburg, Russia Outvideo International Video-art Festival in Public Spaces



2018 Member of the artist-led curatorial group Outside Architecture



2018 Leah Capaldi Lay Down Matt’s Gallery essay sadness and joy

2018 Mary Maclean and Jo McGonigal at Raum X essay to and fro

2018 Royal Academy Experiencing Architecture Symposium paper plan unplan

(forthcoming RA publication)

2017 Elephant Online Magazine Let’s Make an Unplan

2007 Camberwell College of Art The Uncertainty of the Image conference paper

2004 Leeds University Architecture of Philosophy/ Philosophy of Architecture

conference paper Itself Staged

2004 University of Manitoba, Canada interdisciplinary conference on the Photograph -

essay The Architecture of the Photograph published Mosaic journal 2004 ISBN 0-919475-33-7


Public Collections

Museum Ludwig Cologne

Arts Council of England


Selected Reviews

2018 Frieze on line review of Whitstable Biennale

2015  Astrofella online Hayward Gallery 7 Artists Take On Britain


Selected publications

2017 Wolfgang Tillman’s Tate catalogue Eu Referendum' performance

2010 Blind Spot Magazine Issue 42 6 page Feature

2005 Arts Council Publication Size Matters ISBN 1 85332 2490

2005 Concrete Photography/Konkrete Fotographie edited by Gottfried Jager ISBN 3-936646-74-0

2002 Galerie Nei Liicht exhibition catalogue with essay by Jonathan Dronsfield ISBN 2-919993-06-2

2001 The Art of Abstract Photography edited by Gottfried Jäger ISBN 3-89790-015-7

1998 Eikon Internationale Zeitschift fur Photographie & Medienkunst - Heft 25 commissioned 6 page magazine art work with essay by Rainer Stamm

1997 Cantz Public Relations - New British Photography ISBN 3-89322-338-X


Selected Residencies

2016 Mothership Dorset Residency

2001 New Media and Printmaking Residency North Tyneside


Selected Awards

2006 £10,000 Arts Council England Individual Artist Award


Public Talks/Discussions

2012 Matts Gallery recorded discussion with Fiona Crisp, Ian Hunt, Chris Townsend

2001 Jerwood Space in conversation with Pryle Behrman

1994-06 Serpentine and Whitechapel Art Gallery Talks Programme

Jeff Wall, Blinky Palermo, Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Bridget Riley, Andreas Gursky


Artist Architect collaborations

2007 robertson gough collaborative - Gunnar Asplund Library competition Stockholm

2006 robertson gough collaborative – Helsinki urban planning competition, Finland

1997 Caruso St John Architects New Photographer’s Gallery competition, London


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