Helen Petts            CV            

education  _______________________________________________________________

1978        B.A. Humanities.  Middlesex Polytechnic

1984        Post-graduate Diploma in Film Studies. University of Westminster

2002        B.A. Fine Art and Contemporary Critical Theory, Goldsmith's College, University of London

2004        M.A. Fine Art, Middlesex University 

solo exhibitions  ____________________________________________________________

2012        Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (commissioned film Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing following Kurt

                    Schwitters’ route of exile to Norway and Ambleside). Arts Council England award. 

2012        Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal. Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing. 

2013        Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art, Norway. Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing. 

2014        Cafe Oto Project Space. Solo Soprano - a portrait of Lol Coxhill.  ACE award.

selected group exhibitions, screenings and festivals  _________________________________

2020-1    Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol. Pictures of Health.

2019         Li Yuan-chia and Responses. Each Modern Gallery, Taipei. 

2018         Manchester Art Gallery. Speech Acts, Commissioned film Space & Freedom. ACE award. 

                     Arkipel Film Festival, Jakarta. Featured artist, sponsored by British Council.

2017        Oslo Cinemateket. Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing.

2015        Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London. Drawing Towards Sound. 

2014        Whitechapel Gallery, London. The Voice and the Lens. 

2013        Tate Britain. Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing. Screenings during 'Schwitters in Britain' . 

                    Full of Noises Festival, Solo Soprano – a Portrait of Lol Coxhill (film commission), TUSK Festival, 

                    CCA-Glasgow. ACE award.

2012        Royal Festival Hall, London. Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing. Unlimited Festival, 

                    Zwei Tage Zeitung Festival, Zurich. Three Films with Phil Minton. 

                    Icon Gallery, Birmingham - The Voice and the Lens.

2010        Matt's Gallery, TAPS - Improvisations with Paul Burwell. 

                    Wysing Arts Centre. Be Glad for the Song Has No End. 

                    Hannover Jazz Week. Dedicated evening of Petts' films of musicians.

2009        Il Gesto del Suono Music Film Festival in Bolzano, Italy.  Three Films with singer Phil Minton. 

teaching  _____________________________________________________________________________

2018/9     Visiting artist Westminster University, University of Gloucestershire, Queen Mary College.

2013          Bergen Art Academy. Visiting lecturer post-graduate Fine Art programme.

2009          Kathmandu University Nepal. Visiting lecturer post-grad Ethnomusicology programme. 

1980-90   Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. Visiting lecturer.

                      Vauxhall College of F.E. Lecturer English and Communication. Run many video workshops.

2010-2     Mentor for Shape Arts to disabled artists, film-makers and screen writers.


press  ___________________________________________________________________    


Hammad Nasar. British Art Studies, May 2109. “Cumbrian Cosmopolitanisms”. 

Ocula magazine, August 2018, interview with Hammad Nasar. 

David Briers, Art Monthly October 2012 review of Hatton Gallery exhibition. 

Clive Bell, The Wire August 2010. Julian Cowley, Subradar music magazine 2013. 

Stuart Broomer, Point of Departure music magazine, Spring 2012.