AUTHORS: Helen Billinghurst
Helen Billinghurst is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, researcher and writer. With a background as a film maker, she now works within the expanded fields of painting and drawing. Her recent doctoral research at the University of Plymouth explored the intersection between studio practice and aesthetic walking. She currently lectures at Plymouth College of Art, and her research interests include the performance of making, site-specificity and embodied process.
In 2014 Helen was resident artist for six months at High Cross House in Dartington, Devon. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Crossing England’ (Arial Centre, Totnes, 2016), ‘Embodied Cartographies’ (Walcot Gallery, Bath Fringe Festival curated by Fay Stevens, 2016), ‘English Diagrams’ (Royal William Yard, Plymouth, 2018) and ‘Walking Diagrams’ (Walking’s New Movements Conference, University of Plymouth, 2019). Other recent commissions include an article for the catalogue of ‘Dear Christine’, (a touring exhibition about the life of Christine Keeler, by women artists, curated by Fionn Wilson, 2019).
Collaborating with Phil Smith as Crab & Bee, Helen makes walks, performances, poetry and exhibitions. They have worked together on an exhibition and walking project called ‘Plymouth Labyrinth’ (funded by Arts Council England), and a residency at Teats Hill slipway (for Take Apart, Plymouth, 2019). They are writing a new book, The Pattern based on walks across Southern England and Wales.
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