Helen Robertson




Academic Qualifications

1987-89 MA Fine Art Goldsmiths’ College, University of London

1979-83 BA Combined Hons Fine Art/ French, Exeter University


Current Teaching

Central Saint Martins, Associate Lecturer Fine Art

Camberwell College of Arts Associate Lecturer in Painting



Member of Outside Architecture artist led curatorial group since 2017 co-curated Drift Thames Side Studios Gallery 2019,

Come and go. Halt extreme left. Winchester Gallery, Winchester College of Art 2019



2019  Chisenhale Studios, Salon for a Speculative Future

2017  Grand Square, Greenwich, Incandescent collaboration with Lucy Gunning and Bernice Donszelmann

2018  Whitstable Biennale - [these roarers] collaboration with Lucy Gunning and Bernice Donszelmann

2018  Tate Modern stairwell, CSM Tate Exchange, where walls meet

2017  Architectural Association Hooke Park, pine beech pine

2016  West Bay Dorset, Breath organised by Force 8

2016  Central Saint Martins Wolfgang Tillmans Eu Referendum Poster Campaign

2015  Camberwell College of Arts another life

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

2014  Royal Festival Hall, unannounced intervention triangles and circles

2014  Central Saint Martins Kings Cross Estates room to room


Selected Exhibitions

2020    APT Gallery London, the Undersides of Practice curated by Cath Ferguson and Della Gooden

2019    Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art, Come and go. Halt extreme left.

2019    Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis curated by Dan Sturgis, Camberwell Space

2019    Thames Side Studios Gallery Drift

2017    Stephen Lawrence Gallery London, Plan Unplan curated by Outside Architecture

2015    Coleman Project Space ways from here to there: Rochelle Fry, Mary Maclean, Helen Robertson

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

2012    Manchester City Art Gallery Focal Points: Art and Photography

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

2012    Dienstgebaeude, Zurich Young British Artists II, curated Ryan Gander and Christina von Rotenhan

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

2011    Tsinghua University, Beijing Scope – new photographic practices

2007    Video Art Festival Prague, Gambit Factory

2006    Nuit Blanche programme of films curated by Lucy Reynolds, Paris

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

2005-6 Arts Council Touring Exhibition Size Matters Longside Gallery Yorkshire Sculpture Park,

            Millais Gallery, Southampton Institute, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham,Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster

2004    Aberdeen Art Gallery Contemporary Photographs from the Arts Council Collection

2002    Galerie Nei Liicht, Dudelange Luxembourg (solo exhibition)

2002    Five Years, London, The Difference between you and us

2001    Fiedler Contemporary, Cologne, collaborative installation with Stefan Eberstadt

2000    Ausstellungsraum Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse, Leipzig after image (solo exhibition)

2000    photography now, Berlin, Schwarzweiss

2000    The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Snowballing curated by Elizabeth Price

1999    Museum Ludwig, Cologne Abstractionen

1999    International Biennale of Photography, Turin

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

1999    Matt’s Gallery, London (solo exhibition)

1998    Galerie Ulrich Fiedler, Cologne (solo exhibition)

1998    Galleria Carbone, Turin, Again and Again

1998    Five Years, London What is a Photograph

1997    Stadthaus Ulm, Germany Public Relations - New British Photography

1997    Galerie Ulrich Fiedler, Cologne, Wechselstrom curated by Thomas Seelig

1996    Gasworks, London SAD curated by Rebecca Fortnum

1996    Graz, Austria steirisches herbst

1996    Whitechapel Art Gallery and Delfina, London Whitechapel Open Exhibition

1996    Mons, Belgium, Shaken not Stirred, touring to France, Luxembourg and Turin

1996    Matthew Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College, Dundee (solo exhibition)

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

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

1995    Galerie Isabelle Bongard, Paris, De la Peau

1995    The View, Liverpool Infanta

1994    Gilmour Gallery, London

1994    La Vigie, Nimes, France, Rencontre No4

1994    Stoke-on-Trent City Museum and Art Gallery, Touched By Light

1994    Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London The Curator’s Egg

1994    Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Open Exhibition

1991    Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (solo exhibition)

1991    Krefeld Kunstverein Photoworks (solo exhibition)

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


Public Collections

1999  Museum Ludwig, Cologne

1996  Arts Council of Great Britain


Selected Reviews

2020  Art Monthly (March) – Review by Peter Suchin

2018  Frieze online review Whitstable Biennale

2015  7 Artists Take On Britain Hayward Gallery Astrofella wordpress online

2012  Neue Zürcher Zeitung

2002  Luxemburger Wört (8th May)

2002  La Semaine Médicale Luxembourgeoise (May), Marie Boisseau

2001  Kunstforum (June), Uta M. Reindl

1999  Time Out (April), Martin Coomer

1999  Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (Jan), Susanne Boecker

1998   Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (April), Susanne Boecker

1996  Untitled Magazine (Summer), Juan Cruz

1996  Women’s Art Magazine (Jan), Janice Cheddie

1995  Art Monthly (Oct), Juan Cruz

1995  The Times (Aug), Sacha Craddock

1994  The Times (Oct), Sacha Craddock

1994  Time Out (Sept), Sarah Kent

1991  Guardian (Oct), Sacha Craddock

1991  Creative Camera (Dec/Jan), Mark Durden


Conference papers and Writing

2019  Mary Maclean and Jo McGonigal essay to and fro, Journal of Contemporary Painting Vol 5 issue 2

2019  Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis conference Camberwell College of Arts

2018  Royal Academy of Art, Experiencing Architecture Symposium, Outside Architecture paper plan unplan  (forthcoming RA publication)

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

2017  Elephant Online Magazine exhibition review 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 - essay The Architecture of the Photograph

          published Mosaic journal 2004 ISBN 0-919475-33-7


Selected Publications

2020   Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis, Camberwell Space ISBN 978-1-9993085-9-9

2017   Wolfgang Tillmans Tate Catalogue, Eu Referendum Performance orchestrated by Helen Robertson

2010   Blind Spot Magazine Issue 42 - 6 page feature blindspot.com/store/page2.html?mag_id=42

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  Helen Robertson, Galerie Nei Liicht, essay by Jonathan Dronsfield ISBN 2-919993-06-2

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

2000  Photography now (Jan. Feb. Marz.)

1999  Turin International Biennale of Photography CD-Rom

1998  Eikon Internationale Zeitschift fur Photographie & Medienkunst - Heft 25

          (commissioned work for magazine pages 6-11 with essay by Rainer Stamm)

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

1996  La Vigie Art Contemporain - carnet debord 92/96

1991  Helen Robertson, Aspex Gallery, Southern Arts Publication with essay by Andrew Brighton

1991  Photoworks, Krefeld Kunstverein



Public Lectures and Gallery Talks

2019       University of Greenwich Public Lecture Series – Mary Maclean’s Photographic Practice and Architecture

2012       In conversation Fiona Crisp, Ian Hunt, Helen Robertson, Chris Townsend Matt’s Gallery London

2011       Panel Discussion: Helen Robertson and Pryle Behrman, Jerwood Space, London

2004       Hiroshi Sugimoto, Serpentine Gallery

2003       Blinky Palermo, Serpentine Gallery

2002       Richard Artschwager, Serpentine Gallery

1999       Bridget Riley, Serpentine Gallery

1999       Andreas Gursky, Serpentine Gallery

1995       Jeff Wall, Whitechapel Art Gallery

1995       John Baldessari, Serpentine Gallery


Selected Awards/Residencies

2016        Artist Residency, Mothership Dorset

2006-9     Major award Individual Artists Grant Arts Council of England

2001        5 month Fellowship in New Media and Printmaking at Isis Arts Digital and Northern Print Studio

1999        London Arts Board Individual Artists Grant

1994        London Arts Board Individual Artists Grant

1990        Southern Arts Exhibition Linked Bursary

1990        Pepinieres Residency, France