Helen Garbett

Helen Garbett

Helen's work is primarily a response to place, natural and cultural landscape, heritage and social change. Helen is particularly interested in the unnoticed, unexpected marginal environments and communities of the Black Country and Midlands; the inner, intimate places where she and her family have lived and worked for generations. Helen often connects and contrasts these settings, with more remote, distant, outer places.

Social engagement is central to Helen’s practice where she aims to promote positive change by involving and empowering individuals and groups that may not ordinarily participate in artistic activities, particularly those disadvantaged by disability, ill health and caring responsibilities.

Helen utilises a range of processes, frequently using an archaeological approach employing found objects and things in collage, assemblage, ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ and video, ordering and re-presenting them as a means of investigating, reflecting and communicating contemporary and historical locations, structures and issues.

Helen is based at the Ruskin Glass Centre where she has a studio and is studying for an MA in Art and Social Practice with the University of Highlands and Islands, Shetland College. She is also a qualified social worker, an Associate Member of Artists Workhouse in Studley, Warwickshire and a volunteer Diversity and Access Advisor for the Ort Gallery in Birmingham.

Workshop 24
Ruskin Glass Centre
Wollaston Road

Phone: 07527 034662

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