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Helen Burgess

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My practice is concerned with a phenomenological experience of space and place and how this can be translated through a visual arts practice.

Whilst previous work has centered on drawing and sculpture, I now mainly focus on the medium of pinhole photography, using site-specific photographic installations to explore specific places and our experience of them.

Walking is a central to my practice and an important part of the process by which I make work, allowing me to have direct sensory interaction with places, passing through the landscape at a pace that enables me to connect with where I am.

My recently completed MA project looked at the ways that pinhole photography was able to interpret a phenomenological experience of space in non-urban places. This project explored the relationship between time and photographic process and approached photography as both a visual and physical construct.


  • 2008-2011.
    • MA by Project in Art Media and Design. University of the West of England
  • 2004-2006.
    • Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media. Bristol School of Art.
  • 1990-1991.
    • PGCE. Leeds University.
  • 1986-1990.
    • Bsc Psychology and Sociology. Bath University

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2011
    • Site Specific Pinhole Installation. Painswick Rococo Garden. Cotswolds.
    • Results May Vary. MA Art, Media and Design, Degree show. UWE Bristol.
    • Open Photography. Royal West of England Academy. Bristol: Latitude: 51.470598 Longitude: 2.616272 OSGB36 Latitude: 51.367083 Longitude: 2.525805 OSGB36 pinhole photographs selected.
  • 2010
    • Autumn Exhibition. Royal West of England Academy. Bristol: Spatial drawings selected. Interval awarded ‘Highly Commended”
    • Traces. Motorcade/FlashParade Gallery Bristol
    • Installation of spatial drawings. Painswick Rococo Garden. Cotswold’s.
  • 2008
    • The Bristol Art Show. Centre Space Gallery. Bristol. Interval selected and winner of the People's Prize
  • 2007
    • Open Sculpture Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy. Introspection lll selected.
    • Grant Bradley Gallery. Bristol. Group Show.


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