Helen Carnac

Cluster 4: 40 pieces, 40 hours.

This large wall piece is made up of 40 smaller pieces. Some are wearable and others may or may not be. Each is a fleeting visit to Carnac’s workshop and to the time at which they were composed, over a period of 40 hours. Each has been made quickly in response to the material, many materials having been found and recycled from other projects in and around Carnac’s studio. Some of the pieces are marked and drawn on, and within the work, the viewer and wearer will also find left over marks, new marks and the continuation of old marks.

Born 1968, Redruth, Cornwall

1990-1994 BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Craft, London Guildhall University, Sir John Cass
1993 Fachhochschule fur Gestaltung, Schwabisch Gmund,  Germany
2009 Cultural Leadership Development Award: Cultural Leadership programme.
2008 Innovation in enamelling, Playing with Fire Exhibition, UK
2008 Third prize Juried exhibition, Metal Inclinations, USA
1996 Winner Carroll Foundation Award, Chelsea Crafts Fair
1996 Selected Index, Crafts Council
1996 Membership, Contemporary Applied Arts
1995 Runner-up Carroll Foundation Award
1995 Setting Up Grant, Crafts Council

Selected Exhibitions
2009 In Transit…84GHz, Munich
Collect, Saatchi gallery, London
Cluster, Installation at Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2008 In response to…84GHz, Munich
Elizabeth Turrell+Helen Carnac, University of East Carolina
Playing With Fire, Juried Exhibition, Devon Guild of Craftsmen and touring
2007 Process Works, 5 Jewellers: University of Hertfordshire Galleries and touring, catalogue
Medals: curated by Elizabeth Turrell: Museum fur Arbeit, Hamburg and touring, catalogue
Anti War Medals, Gallery I/O, Thomas Mann, New Orleans.
Collect at the V&A
2006 Collect at the V&A
2004 Anti War Medals exhibition, Curated by Velvet Da Vinci,  Touring: Electrum, London Norway and USA
2003 Celebrating Education, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
David Gates and Helen Carnac, Flow, London
2007 Co-curator with Craftspace of National touring exhibition ‘Slow’
2005 Collaborative commission with David Gates: Permanent installation of Furniture with enamel for Bilston Craft Gallery: Wolverhampton City Art Galleries
2005 Lead Artist Artquest, London: Forum project: lead debate on Contemporary Craft practice

‘Enamel Experiece’ UWE, 2007, ISBN  978-1-906501-00-6
Process Works 5 Jewellers, Jan 2007, Site Projects, ISBN 13 978—0-9554379-1-5
Diaspora Cymreig, Makers of welsh origin working outside of Wales:
Publisher: Denbighshire County Council, Ruthin Craft Centre (28 Mar 2002) ISBN-10: 1900941503, ISBN-13: 978-1900941501





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