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
1990-94 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
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
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
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)
- CAA Exhibitions