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Art and Design lecturer selected as artist in residence at Chelsea Flower Show

27/05/2016
Helen Carnac was invited to take part in the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious annual show

Helen Carnac in residence at the Chelsea Flower ShowPhoto: Gorm Ashurst

Senior Lecturer in Art and Design Helen Carnac is enjoying a privileged position as artist in residence at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show.

An artist and internationally-acclaimed enameller, Helen is based in an artisan studio for the duration of the show which runs to 28 May 2016.

Drawing, mark making, the explicit connections between material, process and maker and an emphasis on deliberation and reflection are all central to her practice as a maker and thinker.

Helen said: “I was invited by the Royal Horticultural Society to work as an artist in residence, based in an artisan studio, located near the show's Artisan Gardens, for the week.

“I have been collecting, drawing, observing, watching what is going on and talking and will be writing and reflecting on this more thoroughly after the show.”

Working at Middlesex since 2011, her studio is located by the Thames Barrier in east London.

According to Helen, her design projects use design methodologies rooted in an "acute awareness of physical location, place and working applications".

Recent projects include Marking Place (Sint Lucas, Antwerp, 2011), Intelligent Trouble (The Institute of Making, Kings College London, 2011), The Tool at Hand (Milwaukee Art Museum and touring, 2011-13) and Drawing, Permanence and Place, (Kunstverein, Coburg, 2012).

She  is a member of the collaborative making project Intelligent Trouble and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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