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Helen Angell-Preece

Artist Biography

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

Artists Statement                                                      

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.[1]

 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.

[1] Cixous, Helene. 1972. ‘Sorties’, The Newly Born Woman London: I. B. Tauris P78.

Selected Exhibitions 

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.