2015-2017 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, Master of Fine Art in Art & Humanities with Distinction
1998-2001 Goldsmiths College,University of London
BA Hons Textile Art
1996-1998 Central Saint Martins Collegeof Art and Design, London
Two-Year Diploma in Fashion & Printed Textiles
To shelter, to build a sanctuary, establish one’s ‘place’ in the world is a primary human instinct.
The architectural installations of artist Helen Angell-Preece utilise awkward angles, describing a lived space within - at once familiar, yet also uncomfortable, unfinished and unstable. Hybrid wooden structures that could be sections of stud walling or lean-to roofing, create an extended and defined threshold crossing for the viewer to enter and move through.
This architecture of non-place forces a negotiation of barriers or thresholds that we are unsure whether to enter or keep out. We find ourselves in the position of the stranger or the foreigner, between hostility and hospitality.
Having grown up travelling between Scotland and England, Helen’s practice is a physical mapping of space – using her own body as a measure to understand and to test out the limits of her own ‘space’ or sense of ‘home’ in the world.
Inspiration and a sense of ‘Being-at-Home’ are found in unfamiliar environments and places-in-transition. For example, Edgelands of the city, Non-Places, derelict or construction sites, where objects and architectures are unfinished and impermanent. Here there is a physicality and sense of possibility, a potential for movement and change.
The artist chooses to work with contrasting hard and soft materials – wood and metal, against fabric, wool, and paint, with the intention of exaggerating and enhancing the textures of everyday living. These are universal, non-hierarchical materials through which many of us directly experience the world. The structures framing our buildings, homes and shelters, and the more fluid contact and association of our clothes, bodies, bedlinen and furnishings are invoked.
The artist believes this threshold position to be one of value, a place with multiple viewpoints is a position of power. The ability to recognise we are allstrangers, we are all somehow foreigners, may perhaps lead us to a place where,
each would take the risk of other, of difference, without feeling threatened by the existence of an otherness, rather, delighting to increase through the unknown that is there to discover, to respect, to favor, to cherish.
The acknowledgement and integration of a postcolonial discourse into our everyday life and culture is vital. The experience of being a Stranger, a Foreigner is valuable. To take the risk of the displacement of our angle of vision is one that reaps rich rewards, understanding and new ways of thinking and relating with the Other, across fixed, defensive borders and boundaries.
 Cixous, Helene. 1972. ‘Sorties’, The Newly Born Woman London: I. B. Tauris P78.
2018 Ways We Work WestWard Works, Dundee
2018 SSA& VAS Members Exhibition TheRoyal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2017 ThingsFall, Fall Apart Duncanof Jordanstone Colllege of Art & Design
2016 Being in Place: The Highs and Lows of SitedPractices Meadowmill Gallery, Dundee
2016 Oscillations– Part 2 AeginaIsland, Greece
2016 Oscillations – Part 1 Duncan ofJordanstone Colllege of Art & Design
2016 Rebirth Dalhousie Building, Universityof Dundee
2015 Winter Tales Bradshaw Art Space, University of Dundee
2014 LocationRED SoloExhibition, Meadowmill, Dundee
2014 LetYourself Fall (Between the Solid & the Void) Solo exhibition, Meffan Gallery, Forfar
*2012 WinterExhibition MeffanGallery, Forfar
2011/12 The Force and Form of Memory 2-yr Touring exhibition, Compass Gallery,Glasgow; National Football Museum, Hampden; The Smith Art Gallery, Stirling; St Fergus Gallery, Wick; Swanson Gallery, Thurso; Inverness Museum&ArtGallery; McLean Museum&Art Gallery, Greenock; Woodend Barn Arts Centre, Aberdeenshire; Royal Overseas League, Edinburgh;
2011 DundeeLive Public Art & Performance Festival Locations throughout City Centre
2010/11 Winter Exhibition CompassGallery, Glasgow
2010 Title(me) Meadowmill,Dundee
2010 ExperimentalSpace & Performance HannahMaclure Arts Centre, Dundee
*2010 AberdeenArtists Society 76th Annual Exhibition AberdeenArt Gallery
2009 WinterExhibition MeffanGallery, Forfar
2009 AsWe Speak Stereo,Glasgow
2008 AllCan Film Night Echo,Edinburgh
2007 White Wasps The White Gallery,Dundee
2006 Exchange Botanic Gardens, University of Dundee
2005 Change 152 Gallery, Dundee ContemporaryArts
2003 Three, Film Screening BBC2, Blast
2002 In Praise of Shadows Meffan Gallery,Forfar
2002 Works in Progress Centrespace,Dundee Contemporary Arts
2002 Dundee Print Open Cooper Gallery, Dundee
2002 CATS, small works 152 Gallery,Dundee Contemporary Arts
2002 DCA Print Artists BirnamInstitute, Perthshire
2002 2nd Edition Meffan Gallery, Forfar
2001 Upstairs Arts Projects, London
2001 Three, Film Screening DundeeContemporary Arts
2018 The Women’s ArtLibrary, Special Collections. Goldsmiths, University of London.
2012 Angus CouncilArts Collection
2009 Aberdeen CollegeArt Collection
2013 DundeeVisual Artists Award Creative Scotland, Dundee City Council
*2012 MeffanGallery Winter Exhibition PurchasePrize Angus Council
*2010 AberdeenCollege Purchase Prize Aberdeen College Art Collection
2009 (Contributerto gaining) 3-yr gallery start-up grant RobertsonTrust, Glasgow.
2005 Award for New Work Hope Scott Trust
2001/03 CATS-Fellowship in Creative & Technical Skills SAC,DCA Print Studio.