I am so pleased to have been awarded the Leonard James Little Fine Art Prize for my Fine Art degree show. I would like to extend my personal thanks to Leonard’s widow Pauline Little and youngest daughter Rebecca Little who both attended the prize giving as well as the two judges Eleanor Clayton and Stephanie Straine from Tate Liverpool.
Eleanor Clayton and Stephanie Straine said: “Helen Wheeler’s degree show presentation was very striking: extremely refined conceptually, it also had a strongly inventive material presence, with an almost alchemical quality. The relationship between her painting and sculpture was complex yet elegant, and we very much enjoyed the play of scale that allowed small sculptures to suggest vast, science-fiction landscapes. We think this work shows great promise for the future and we wish Helen all the best for her upcoming master’s degree.”