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Helen Carnac
Helen Carnac

Helen Carnac

Helen Carnac

About Artist

I am a maker, curator and academic who lives and works in London. Drawing, mark-making, the explicit connections between material, process and maker and an emphasis on deliberation and reflection are all central my practice as a maker and thinker.
I run an environmentally grounded practice, developing projects using design methodologies that are rooted in an acute awareness of physical location, place and working practices. The populated environment is of key importance to me and through my practice and projects I aim to bring people together, creating social and creative engagement and collaboration in an open-ended design process.
My early education was in making, I developed a curiosity about how things are made and how making is a form of thinking. My ongoing concerns are process-based, which means that often, if there is an outcome, it is an event rather than a product, a resting point rather than an end point. My understanding of ‘stuff’ or ‘things’ is fundamental to how I work and see the world and in my view there is a clear differentiation between understanding things and objects, how they may act as metaphorical devices and the wanton proliferation of products.
I often work in interdisciplinary environments and am currently working with various designers and artists on projects, including a DJ, textile artists, scientists, fine artists, choreographers, a performance artist, furniture designer and silversmith.


Solo Exhibitions

2012 and ongoing - Side by Side residency and commission to make new work with dancer and choreographer Laila Diallo. Siobhan Davies Dance Company, London. http://www.siobhandavies.com/sidebyside/
2011 A shared view: Stitching together ideas in time, a 4 month walking project in Berlin
2009 - Curator Making a Slow Revolution http://makingaslowrevolution.wordpress.com/


Joint Exhibitions

2013 Setting the Scene, New Landscapes, Craft Study Centre, Farnham
2012 Drawing, Permanence and Place, Kulturhaus Kroenbacken, Erfurt, Germany
2011 Drawing, Permanence, Place, Kunstverein, Coburg. Catalogued and touring.
The tool at Hand, Milwaukee Art Museum and Touring http://toolathand.org/#intro
Installation 91ft 5” Institute of Making, Kings College, London
SOFA New York
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
Host, Velvet da Vinci, CA, USA
2010 Under The Counter, Smiths Row Gallery
SOFA, New York, represented by CAA
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
Intelligent Trouble, CAA, London
2009 In Transit…84GHz, Munich
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
Inner Voice: Curated by Dorothy Hogg, CAA, London
Cluster, Installation at Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco
Metal Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2008 In response to…84GHz, Munich
Elizabeth Turrell and Helen Carnac, University of East Carolina
Playing With Fire, Juried Exhibition, Devon Guild of Craftsmen Catalogued and touring
Collect at the V&A, London, represented by Contemporary Applied Arts
2007 Process Works, 5 Jewellers: University of Hertfordshire Galleries Catalogued and touring
Badges, Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg Catalogued and touring USA
Anti War Medals, Gallery I/O, Thomas Mann, New Orleans.
Collect at the V&A
2006 Collect at the V&A
2004 Anti War Medals exhibition, Curated by Velvet Da Vinci, Touring: Electrum, London Norway and USA
Solo: Open Eye, Edinburgh
2003 Celebrating Education, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
David Gates and Helen Carnac, Flow, London
2002 Diaspora Cymreig, Ruthin Gallery: touring and catalogue
2001/2002 Home Sweet Home, group show, curated by Lesley Jackson for the British Council catalogued and touring
2000 Contemporary British Silver: A Crafts Council Touring Exhibition catalogued
Contemporary British Silver: Gallery Marzee, Netherlands
1999 Heim und Handwerk, Munich
1996 Living at Belsay: Belsay Hall



Yes. I make work, curate exhibitions and write. Please get in touch for more information.



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