Hélène Williams

Projects

Duchamp Herne Bay Festival 2013

Duchamp Herne Bay Festival 2013

Celebrating 100 years since Marcel Duchamp lived in Herne Bay.

The Bay artist Hélène Williams of Studd Hill who turned the Turner Gallery of Margate at the opening 2 years ago into toilets has now turned Herne Bay seafront toilets into a gallery.

Duchamp is famous for creating the first piece of conceptual art where he took out a urinal and replaced it in a Parisian gallery calling it art.

Here Hélène has exhibited photographs of original toilet graffiti into the loos along with the same message BUT IS IT ART?

Turner Gallery, Margate

Turner Gallery, Margate

“Bay protester Helene Williams thought Margate’s new £17.5 million Turner Contemporary Gallery looked so like a public toilet she plastered ‘Gents’ and ‘Ladies’ signs on its front during a dawn raid … hoodwinked a security guard and patrolling police at 4.30am on Saturday - the day of the gallery’s launch - by pretending to be workmen making last minute preparations … we have no qualms about the concept of the gallery for Margate but the building is a monstrosity.”

Jan Thorn, Herne Bay Times

Turner Gallery, Margate

Turner Gallery, Margate

Turner Gallery, Margate

Worth at St Pancras

Worth at St Pancras

WORTH was an installation exhibition situated in the 24,000 square foot of arches under St Pancras Station. This phenomenon combined 40 artists whose work interacted with the space; it was created and curated by Helene Williams and Michael Czerwinski. This is the description of Helene’s work where the process was as important as the final installation.

The Scott building was something of an obsession for Helene Williams, one of the organisers of WORTH. She was shown it as a child saw it in her dreams, but could never gain permission to enter it. Her solution was to get a two-day job here as a security guard, during which she slipped out of her official suit, donned shorts and T-shirt, and took an impression of one of the fourth-floor gothic windows using eight layers of liquid latex. The peeled-off latex is on show, soot and all.

John Windsor, The Independent