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BIOGRAPHY

Helen Sear

Born in 1955, Wales, United Kingdom

EDUCATION
2009          PhD by publication University of Wales Newport
1981-1983 University College London Slade School, HDFA
1975-1979 University of Reading Fine Art Department, BA (hons) 1st Class

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 Prospect - refuge - hazars 2, Hestercombe Gallery, Contemporary art in reclaimed spaces, Taunton Somerset, United Kingdom
         Helen Sear 'in conversation' with Jonathan P. Watts, Dalby Forest, NorthYorkshire, United Kingdom
         fascination, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
2017 New Photographs​ : Klompching, New York
2015 …the rest is smoke ​: representing Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale
2014 Pastoral Monuments : ​Rencontres Internationales, Gaspésie, Canada
2013 Lure : ​Oriel Davies, Newtown, national touring exhibition
2012 Sightlines : ​Klompching Gallery New York USA
         Beyond The View​, Bildkultur, Stuttgart
2011 Pond : ​Crescent Arts Scarborough
2010 Beyond The View​ : ​Klompching New York
2009 Beyond The View​ : ​Hoopers Gallery London
         Display ​: g39, Cardiff
         Inside The View : ​Klompching Gallery New York USA
2007 Plantasia :​ Locws 3. Swansea reference library.
2006 Gallery Harmonia :​ Jyvaskyla Finland
2005 Grounded : ​Leeds Metropolitan Gallery
2004 Inside the View :​ Le Parvis, Tarbes, France
2003 Grounded​ : Impressions Gallery, York
         Spot​ : Yard Gallery, Nottingham
         Hide​ : Ffotogallery Cardiff
2002 Light Seeking Transparency ​ArtLab 17, Imperial College, London
2000 The Whole Story : ​Maidstone Library and Museum
         Solo Show​ : Zelda Cheatle Gallery London
         Solo Show​ : Axel Thieme Galerie Darmstadt
         Unsettlement :​ Zinc gallery, Stockholm
1999 Between There and Now​ : Impressions Gallery, York. Touring exhibition.
         Twice…Once :​ Angel Row Nottingham
1998 Twice... Once :​ Anderson O’Day, London
1997 Unseen : ​Rack Gallery, London
         Moments Apart : ​Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
1994 - 96 Gone to Earth​ : John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh;
                Ffotogallery, Cardiff; Montage Gallery, Derby
1992 Threshold : ​Gray Gallery, North Carolina, USA
1985 Between Us​ : Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
1983 Some kind of balance​ : Battersea Arts Centre, Women in Art Education Conference
1980 ICA Staircase Project, installation

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018  Women in Focus, National Museum Cardiff, Wales
2017 The Moon and a Smile​ : Glynn Vivian Museum and Art Gallery Swansea
2015 LOOK / 15 : ​Victoria Gallery and Museum Liverpool
        Double Take: Photography and the Garden : ​Hestercombe Gallery Somerset
        A selection of Pavilions : Artists of the Venice Biennale.​ Town Hall de’ Paauw, Wassenaar
2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition ​London
         About Face : ​Klompching Gallery, New York
2012 A World Away : ​Dryham Park Gloucestershire
         New Perspectives: Landscape Art in Wales since the 1970s : ​National Museum Wales
         Hijacked 111 : ​Quad, Derby, ​Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia, ​
         Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane ​ACP, Sydney
2011 Portmanteau : ​Halle 14 Leipzig
         Paris Photo : ​Aperture Foundation New York
         National Eisteddfod : ​Wrexham, Wales
         Mostyn Open : ​Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales
2010 We Have The Mirrors, We Have The Plans ​: Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales
         Nothing Is In The Place : ​Krakow (Photo month)
2009 (Not) a Photograph​ : Obaine Galerije Piran, Slovenia
2008 same as it ever was​ : Chelsea Future Space, London (catalogue)
         The Change​ : KvadraT Gallery, St Petersburg, Russia
2007 Tamed and Framed : ​Harris Museum and Gallery, Preston
2006 Ayermanana​ : Faculty Fine Arts, Cuenca, Spain
         Landed​ : FSM Gallery, Florence, Italy
         Forest Dreaming :​ Institute for Contemporary Art in Nature
         Z15 :​ Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, Florida
2005 La Mirada Reflexiva :​ Espai D’Art Contemporani de Castellon, Spain
         (with Robert Longo and Perejaume )
2004 About Face​ : Hayward Gallery, London
         Je t’envisage, la disparition du portrait :​ Musée de L’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
         Polaroid : ​39, London
         Big Tits Rule​ : 1000,000 mph Project Space London
2003 Cara a Cara​, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
         Photo Espagna​, Madrid, Spain
2002 Unscene :​ Gasworks, London
         Soul Windows​ : Domo Baal, London
2001 Gone Missing​ : Frederieke Taylor Gallery, 535 West 22nd, New York.
         Solid State​ : Kettles Yard, Cambridge
2000 Tierisch :​ Galerie Ahlers, Göttingen, Germany
         UK Art 2000​ : Almstrasse Mitte, Berlin
         Before Now...and After​ : The Clock House, Clerkenwell
         The Wreck of Hope​ : Nunnery Gallery, London
         Group show​ : Axel Thieme Galerie, Darmstadt
         Chora​ : Underwood Street, London
1999 Beweise einer Existenz​ : Kunstraum Siegert, Basel, Switzerland
1998 Here to Stay​ : Arts Council of England purchases from the 1990’s
         Other Worldly​ : Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
         Inside​ : Artlab project at Imperial College, London
1997 A Quality of Light​ : Office of Art project, Tate Gallery, St. Ives
1996 Myth & Landscape​ : Delphi, Greece (commissioned)
1995 Blindfield​ : Coventry Gallery, London
1994 Lustre​ : Tower Bridge Piazza, London
1993 Arte E Altro​ : Giovanni Artisti, Rome, Italy (catalogue)
         Full Circle​ : Mostra British School at Rome (catalogue)
         Photographs​ : Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
         Moments of Capture​ : 2 person show, Museum of Modern Art, Skopje, Macedonia
         Writing and Difference : ​Galerie B, Istanbul (catalogue)
         Indivisible​ : Valencia, Spain and Southampton City Art Gallery
1992 Volcano : ​Oriel, Cardiff (catalogue); Street Level Gallery, Glasgow
         Once Removed​ : Anderson O’Day Gallery, London (two person show)
1991 Pivot​ : Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno and Philadelphia (catalogue)
         Barrage​ : Ffotogallery, Cardiff
         A Place for Art​ : The Showroom, London
         Decomposition : ​Constructed British Photography: British Council touring Latin America
         (catalogue)
1990 Summer Show :​ Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
1989 Greenhouse/Yellow Lemon : ​Two installations in collaboration with Sharon Morris -
         Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Spacex, Exeter; Chisenhale Gallery, London
         Late Night Window Shopping​ : Roath Park Greenhouse, Cardiff
1988 Transformations​ : Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff
1987 In Perpetuity​ : 'New Arts Consort'
1986 Eight Days​ : Midland Group, Nottingham; Zap Club, Brighton
1985 Diving for Pearls and Playing with Fire​ : National Film Festival
         After a Fashion​ : Camerawork, London
1984 Stress Redress​ : London Film-Makers Co-op, Arts Council
1982 The Power and the Glory​ : ICA Young Contemporaries

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Al Dabbah Group. Arts Council of Wales. Arts Council of Great Britain. British Council. British Council, Rome. British Telecom. Bupa. Department of Trade and Industry. Ernst & Young. Glynn Vivian Museum and Gallery Swansea Wales. National Museum Wales. Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery. Manfred Heiting. Collection Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Paul Wilson Collection. Reader’s Digest Collection. South Glamorgan County Council. Tetrapak. Texaco Collection. Unilever. Victoria and Albert Museum – Z Portfolio. Virgin Communications Collection

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2014 Selected to represent Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015
2013 The Wakelin Award for video Chameleon: contemporary art collection Glyn Vivian Art
         Gallery and Museum
2012 Inside The View nominated for best international photography book at Photo Espagna
2011 Joint first prize Visual Art at National Eisteddfod
2011 Major Creative Wales Award, Arts Council Wales
2004 Arts Council and University of Sunderland International Photography Fellowship,
Jyvaskyla Finland
1996 Artist in Residence, Electronic Imaging, Oxford Brookes University
1993 Abbey Awardee, British School at Rome

BIBLIOGRAPHY & REVIEWS
2015 ...the rest is smoke: monograph published by Ffotogallery, Cardiff / Wales in Venice
         ‘Perspectives on Place: Theory and practise in landscape photography’ J.A.P. Alexander,
         Bloomsbury Publishing, London
2013 Brisées: Bookwork published by GOST
2012 Inside the View: monograph published by Ffotogallery, Cardiff
         Hijacked 3, Australia/United Kingdom, Big City Press, Western Australia
2011 Aperture, May 2011, with text by Jason Evans
2010 The New Yorker : May 24th Vince Aletti
2009 Portfolio: 50th edition
         Frieze: http://www.frieze.com/shows/review/helen_sear/
         Hotshoe International: Peggy Roalf
         Tale Bookwork published by g39 Cardiff. Text David Chandler.
2006 Face. The New Photographic Portrait. Thames and Hudson
         Stilled. published by IRIS and Ffotogallery
2005 Photoworks Journal Autumn /Winter 2005-2006. Text David Campany
         Work in Progress Published by IPRN
2003 Masquerade Published by Ffotogallery. Text Caryn Faure Walker
         Guardian review ‘Beauty and the beast’, Alfred Hickling August 21st 
         Spot; published by Yard Gallery text: Stuart Cameron
         Art Monthly (November) Martin Herbert
2002 “Natural’s Not in It” John Slyce Portfolio no. 35
2001 Twice published by Zelda Cheatle Press essays by David Bate and Sharon Morris
         “Solid State” Kettles Yard Cambridge
2000 The Whole Story: Published by Photoworks.
         Hotshoe International May/June Jean Wainwright.
1999 Public Sightings Cornerhouse Publications
         BJP 18.8.99 Grace Lau interview
         “Chora” catalogue. Sue Hubbard and Simon Morley
         Contemporary Visual Art No 24. Hugh Stoddart.
1998 “Here to stay: Arts Council Collection purchases of the 1990’s” catalogue;
         Hayward Gallery Publishing Ltd, London
         Art Monthly No.216 Valerie Reardon
         Contemporary Visual Arts Issue 17. Sue Hubbard
1997 Time Out Nov 12th Martin Herbert
         Art Newspaper, June Richard Prinsent
         Time Out, June 11th-18th Sue Hubbard.
1995 Coil - Journal of the moving image, no. 2
         Portfolio magazine No 22. Caryn Faure Walker
         Creative Camera, Russell Roberts
         “Untitled”, Stuart Cameron
         A & D “The Contemporary Sublime” A & D “The Photographic Image”
         “Gone to Earth” John Hansard Gallery Southampton
1993 Creative Camera, CC25 
         Arts Review, January (Critics Choice)
         City Limits, 7th January, Robin Dutt
         Time Out, 30th December to 6th January, Sarah Kent
1992 Women’s Press Diary
         Art Vu, Contemporary South Eastern Visual Arts, vol. 6 U.S.A
1991 Creative Camera, CC12, Carol McKay
1989 Arts Review, July
1980 Flash Art (Britain), no 100 Marc Chaimowicz