Hélène Williams

Hélène Williams

I began by investigating the connection between mind and art, thus embracing my experience as a psychotherapist and an artist. As a response to my own experience in and outside the ‘therapy’ room this led on to an exploration of sexuality and shame within society. This research has returned to the very beginings of belief systems, seen in the performances filmed in Mexico and Whitstable where nature is interlinked with spirituality. There is a ritual aspect to not only the performances but also in the process of painting where recently I have experimented with Shamanic journeying as an inspiration for the nature paintings.

Initially trained in BSc Psychology followed by a BA Ceramics from Camberwell and an MA in Arts Psychotherapy. Internationally exhibited in India, Mexico, France, Holland and the UK. Reviewed in The Times, The Independent, Time Out, The Hindu Times and The Kentish Gazette.

Qualifications
2012 MA Arts Psychotherapy, IATE
1995 BA Hons Ceramics, Camberwell College of Art
1985 Post-graduate Certificate in Education, University of Durham
1984 BSc Hons Psychology, Hertfordshire University
Exhibitions
2018 Curiouser & Curiouser, Whitstable Biennale
2018 Shamanic Mirrors, Whitstable Biennale
2017 Shameless, The Hundred Years Gallery Hoxton
2016 The Gateway Between Two Worlds Whitstable Biennale
2015 Touching the Earth, Mexico artist in residency
2015 Sacred & Profane The Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton
2014 Now in Reverse selected artist by, The Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton
2014 SHAMEn Whitstable Open House
2014 Fecund Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable
2014 Milking the Coast - performance, Whitstable Biennalle
2013 Filth & Frills, Brighton Festival, Open House
2013 Prawn Taming, End of the Pier Show, Whitstable
2013 SWEET'ART Summer Show, Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green Road
2013 Duchamp Festival, Herne Bay - Toilets into gallery
2012 London Design Festival, Design Junction New Oxford Street
2011 Tea room - performance + sculpture, Embassy Court, Brighton Festival
2008 Pandora's Other Box - performance, Horsebridge, Whitstable
2006 The Ordinary becomes Extraordinary,Canterbury Festival, Open House
2003 Brighton Arts Festival, Open House
2003 MoDA Outsized, Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, Hertfordshire
2003 I.D. Shellgrotto, Margate, Kent
2002 Margate Rocks, Margate, Kent
2001 4 Photographers, Johnny's Art House, Whitstable, Kent
2000 3 month residency - International Cultural Dev. Centre, Trivandrum, India
2000 'Tying the Knot' - Exhibition, Cholamamdle, India
2000 3 month residency, Cholamandle Artists Village, India
1999 'Inside Out' - exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, Queens Wood, London
1998 Curated and exhibited 'Worth' - a high-profile exhibition, St Pancras, London
1998 Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Etaples, France
1998 Solo show at Johnny's Art House, Whitstable, Kent
1997 Gillingham Open Art Exhibition
1997 International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Etaples, France
1996 4 month Scholarship, The European Ceramic Work Centre, Holland
1996 Ceramists of Fame and Promise, The Orangery, Holland Park, London
1995 The Midlandgrand Exhibition Hall, St Pancras Station, London
1992 Hertfordshire Arts, Old Bull Gallery, London
1991 London Potters Prize Winners Show, Bloomsbury Gallery No1, London
1990 London Potters Exhibition, Morely College
Community Art Projects
2001 Ceramic water garden - Unit for Arts and Offenders
2001 Prisoners art project for 'Worth' exhibition, HMP Swaleside
1996 Mural, Sandringham Secondary School, St Albans
1990 N. London Murals in Inner-City Schools
photo: Lalo Borja
photo: Lalo Borja