Helen Stead


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HEC Paris, Jouy-en-Josas, France (Apr 2013 – Present)
Front of House Assistant, Open Eye Gallery (Jan – April 2013)
Associazione Culturale Welcome, Montagnana, Italy (Sept – Dec 2012)
Freelance Digital Journalist (July 2009 – Present)
The Guardian, Arts & Culture Desk (July 2012)
Art & Design Administrator, University of Salford (July 2010)
BBC Arts Project Facillitator, ‘Me & My Movie’ (Jan – March 2010)


BA Hons Visual Arts 2009 – 2012, University of Salford (2:1)
Art & Design Foundation Diploma 2008 – 2009, Liverpool Community College (Pass)
Introduction to Art Therapy, BAAT, 2009.

Selected Exhibitions:

June’ 2013 – Potteries Art Gallery and Museum, Stoke on Trent
Feb’ 2012 – ‘Self Portrait with a Twist‘, Lenscratch (Online)
Nov’ 2012 – ‘Portraits of Britain’, ESRC. The Strand Gallery, London.
Sept’ 2012 – ‘Door’, collaborative installation with sound artist Wen Chin Fu, Nottingham Castle
Sept’ 2012 – ‘Seven Pounds of Flesh’, Nottingham Castle Caves
Sept’ 2012 – ‘Parkinprogress’, WEYA, Nottingham Castle.
July 2012 – ‘Islington Summer Salon’, Islington Arts Factory.
July 2012 – Degree Show, Allerton Studios, Salford University.
July 2012 – Christian Lennon Gallery, Private Viewing, London.
June 2012 – Creative Hive Live, Media City U.K, Salford Quays.
April 2012 – ’200 Faces’, The Photographic Angle, Touring Exhibition: London, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff
June 2010 – The Dogs Bollox, Allerton Studios, Salford
May 2010 – The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn NY, CA, TX, GA, IL, DC (Touring)
July 2009 – Open Studios, Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Commissions & Residencies:

Sept’ – Dec’ 2012: Leonardo Da Vinci Programme, Travel grant to live and work in Montagnana, Italy.
Sept’ 2012: ‘Parkinprogress’, World Event Young Artists, Collaborative residency working with 40 U.K and international artists based at Nottingham Castle.
Aug’ 2012: Factory Nights – Unique Commission, Trentham Site. In collaboration with contemporary composer Stef Connor.
May 2012: Rednile Factory Night: Staffordshire Hoard & Saxon Pilgrimage.
March – July 2012: Ideas Fund Innovators Grant (IdeasTap), ‘Days of 49 Revisited’. Commission for a community project based in Salford, Greater Manchester exploring photography, local history and collective memory.
June 2010: Creative Future Enterprises, international cultural regeneration programme in Riga, Lativa.
Aug’ 2009: Travel Textile Bursary, residency in Venice, Italy.


2013: IdeasTap Top Up Photography Funding (Shortlist)
2012: Economic & Social Research Council, ‘Society’ photography category (Shortlist)
2012: Project Funding, IdeasFund Innovators. ‘Days of 49 Revisited’.
2012: IdeasTap Editor’s Brief ‘Fast’ Cash Prize, ‘Stitch in Time’
2012: IdeasTap Editor’s Brief ‘Heart’ Cash Prize, ‘Home is where the heart is‘
2011: Guardian Student Media Awards, Digital Journalist of the Year (Runner up)

Press & Publications:

‘Memory and its function in creating visual narratives in photographic art‘, Jessica Reeder, B.A Fine Art.
‘Factory Nights 2011-12 Brochure‘, Rednile Projects, 2013.
‘The Complete Photo Manual (Popular Photography)‘, Weldon Owen, San Francisco, 2012.
‘World Event Young Artists 2012′, Catalog, 2012.
‘Park in Progress: Nottingham‘, WEYA, 2012.
‘Ideas Fund Innovators: Winners‘, IdeasMag, 2012.
‘Five Minutes with Helen Stead‘, Creative Boom, 2012.
‘The Pulse of Mixed Media‘, Seth Apter, North Light Books, 2012.
‘Guardian Student Media Awards‘, Guardian Online, Nov 2011
‘Editor’s Brief Winners: Fast‘, IdeasMag, 2011.
‘DIY: Turn Digital Images into Mulberry Prints‘, Photojojo, 2011.


‘Gallery Talk: Appropriating Images – Death of the Photographer?’, Open Eye Gallery, April 2013.
‘Art Weekly Newsletter’, The Guardian, July 2012.
‘Camera Trapped‘, an Artist’s Talking, 2012.
‘Artists, Photography and the Family Album’, University of Salford, 2012.
‘Taking the plunge: From working a day job to becoming your own boss‘, Ubelly, April 2012
‘How Digital Photography may be changing the way we take photographs’, Seven by Five, Oct 2011.
‘Blackpool Memoir Collective’, a-n Artist’s Talking, 2011.
‘Summer in Retrospect: A Series of Poignant Artworks‘, Seven by Five, Sept 2011.
‘Is It Time To Throw Away the Photography Handbook?’ Jpg Mag, Sept 2011.
‘Budget Friendly Ways to Gather Materials, Wish Studio, April 2011
‘Emulsion Transfer Tipster’, Lomography Analogue Lifestyle, April 2011.
‘Mulberry Paper Tipster’, Lomography, March 2011.
‘Lomographs onto a Surface’, Alternative Photography, Feb 2011.
‘The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed’, 2011, Seth Apter.


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