Helen Carnac


Helen Carnac is a maker, curator and academic who lives and works in London. Drawing, mark-making, the explicit connections between material, process and maker and an emphasis on deliberation and reflection are all central to her practice as a maker and thinker.
Carnac was awarded a Cultural leadership fellowship in the Crafts in 2009 in order to develop ideas about how the Crafts are communicated. She has curated the National touring exhibition ‘Taking Time: Craft and the Slow Revolution’ in 2009 which has recently opened at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. In 2006 She was co-chair for the Association for Contemporary Jewellery’s conference Carry the Can® and she is actively involved in developing dialogue within the Crafts having developed numerous talks and events for makers over the past five years.

Her work is held in both National and International collections.

Born  1968, Redruth, Cornwall

Education
1990-94
  BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Craft, London Guildhall University, Sir John Cass
1993  Fachhochschule fur Gestaltung, Schwabisch Gmund,  Germany

Awards 
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 with Contemporary Applied Arts
Cluster, Installation at Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2008  In response to…84GHz, Munich
Elizabeth Turrell and Helen Carnac, University of East Carolina
Playing With Fire, Juried Exhibition, Devon Guild of Craftsmen and touring
Collect, V&A, with Contemporary Applied Arts
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

Commissions
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

Publications
500 Enamelled Objects, Lark Books, 2009
The Compendium of Contemporary Makers, Darling Publications, Germany, 2009
‘Enamel Experience’ UWE, 2007,
Process Works 5 Jewellers, Jan 2007, Site Projects
Diaspora Cymreig, Makers of welsh origin working outside of Wales:
Publisher: Denbighshire County Council, Ruthin Craft Centre (28 Mar 2002)

 

Exhibitions

Archive

2010

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