Artist’s Bio

Having a highly experimental practice, her more recent sculptural drawings explore the possibilities of change as well as harnessing natural forces. The resultant works often draw strong parallels with nature on both the macro and micro scale.

Apocalypse, the sublime, health and entropy are all areas of research that inform her practice and the materials used within her work often have metaphorical significance.

Initially working in the traditional medium of silver-point, her sculptural works embrace the various states and processes of formation, change, fragility and destruction.

“Currently I am exploring relationships between mortality, the body and science, utilising the creation process of blown glass to negotiate the possibilities of drawing in three-dimensional space.

Exploring notions of growth, separation, replication and malfunction, I frequently repeat processes in order to evolve my glass forms beyond functioning objects, creating multiples that are similar and yet distinct. The resultant forms are the culmination of pushing hand-blown and stretched glass to its structural limits, encapsulating the breath, time and gravity to create fragile functionless objects which possess an internal beauty, frozen in a state of imminent change or collapse.”

Her recent work can be viewed here: cargocollective.com/helenwheeler

 

Education

2013-2014: MA Fine Art, Manchester School of Art, MMU : Awarded Distinction

2010-2013: BA Fine Art, Manchester School of Art, MMU : Awarded 1st Class Honours

2009-2010: Foundation Fine Art, Manchester School of Art, MMU : Awarded Distinction

 

Awards

2016: Bankley Open Call 2016 1st Prize Award Winner: Open Call Exhibition Flyer

2013: NADFAS North West Bursary Award for Fine Art MA Studies: 1st Prize Award Winner

2013: Leonard James Little Award Winner
selected by Eleanor Clayton & Stephanie Straine (TATE Liverpool)

 

Articles

Corridor 8: Review: Division of Labour, Rogue Studios

The Skinny North West Edition: Helen Wheeler Showcase: Print Version / Online Version

Fred Aldous Interview: ‘Meet a Maker – Helen Wheeler’

 

Artist Talks

31st October 2015:  Artist Talk & Tour of current exhibition, Portico Library & Gallery

27th October 2015:  John Martin & Contemporary Depictions of Apocalypse, Portico Library & Gallery

3rd October 2015:  Artist in Conversation & Q&A , Portico Library & Gallery

 

Exhibitions

2016

1- 10th December: Division of Labour, Rogue Project Space, Manchester

7 – 22nd October: Bankley Open Call Exhibition, Levenshulme

22 – 26 September: The Manchester Contemporary – Exhibiting with creative arts organisation Manifest Arts

27 May – 11 June: Process, Bankley Studios & Gallery, Levenshulme

2015

12 November – 12 December Multiply, PS Mirabel, Manchester

2 October – 31 October: Build a Wor(l)d with ‘ing’, Portico Library, Manchester (Solo Exhibition)
Fred Aldous ‘Meet a Maker – Helen Wheeler’ online interview about Portico Exhibition

10 July – 25 July: A6 Dialogue, Bankley Studios & Gallery, Levenshulme

26 February – 27 March: Under the Shadow of Natural Things, Benzie Gallery, Manchester

2014

2 October – 13 October: MA Show, Holden Gallery, Manchester

29 August – 5 September: Third Space, Cardroom Gallery, Manchester

2013

5 – 21 December: Cue: Art in Manchester, 4 Piccadilly Place, Manchester
Corridor8: Contemporary Art and Writing Journal Review

22 – 28 November: Experience Needed, 4 Piccadilly Place, Manchester
Art School Illustrated Article

6 – 31 August: Northern Graduates, Curwen Gallery, London
Wall Street International Magazine Article

3 July: 5 Plus Architects New Creative Talents, Manchester International Festival, Albert Square, Manchester

14 – 19 June: MMU 2013 Fine Art Degree Show, Manchester

8 – 28 June: Summer Show, Malgras Naudet, Manchester

14 May – 15 June: Distort:Warp, PS Mirabel, Manchester

2012

27 – 29 April: Reflection Exhibition, AWOL Gallery, Manchester

2011

7 – 11 November: The Secret Life Exhibition, Link Gallery, Manchester

18 – 21 January: Natural Focus, Link Gallery, Manchester

2010

18 – 23 June: MMU 2010 Degree & Foundation Show, Manchester