Helen Sargeant is an artist who currently makes images about the female body and the experiences of Motherhood. Her approach and arts practice is strongly influenced by feminist ideas, exploring the subject of the vulnerable maternal body and the new born child. Her work aims to communicate emotions directly to an audience by making the personal public.
Helen Sargeant’s work is not tied to any particular media. Instead choices of media are driven by ideas. Although she started out as a painter the range of materials worked with has expanded. Drawing and painting are still central to the work and strongly inform her aesthetic. However she also works with installations, sound, performance, videos and animation.
In addition to her arts practice Helen Sargeant has taught Fine Art in both Further and Higher Education, and has delivered educational workshops and high quality participatory arts projects within the wider community. She has exhibited her work extensively in the North West. As well as exhibiting her own work Helen has worked in collaboration with other artists to curate, organise and gain funding for exhibitions. She has worked as a consultant and delivered training programmes for teachers. Currently she is working to establish a new network of artists in Calderdale (UCAN) and making art from her studio in Hebden Bridge.