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Helena Goldwater                  Selected CV



1990-92               Postgraduate Studies: Higher Diploma in Fine Art (Media), Slade School of Art, University College London

1986-89               BA Fine Art (1st Class Hons), Goldsmith's College, University of London


Nominated twice for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Visual Arts.


Exhibitions / Performances

2022                     Zim-Zum: The Folding World, Patrick Heide Gallery, London

2022                     The Portals Project, Part One: El Umbral - The Threshold, Bermondsey Project Space, London

2020-21                Action: A provisional history of the 90s, MACBA: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

2020                     Light Art Performance, 4th International Festival of Homar, Lorestan, Iran

2019                     Performance with Leafa Wilson, MOKU, Raven Row, London

2018                     gut flora, MOCA, London

2017                     Nature Morte, Guildhall Art Gallery, London

2017                     A Life in a Day with Helena Goldwater (1996, 20 mins), a film by Sarah Turner, The Showroom, London

2016                     embed, Tempting Failure, London

2016                     Hairline, 1st Morni Hills International Performance Art Biennial, Chandigarh, India

2015-16               Liberties, Collyer Bristow, London + The Exchange/Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall

2015                     extractors, The Extractor Space/ Deptford X, London

2015                     To Camera, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast Photo Festival 

2014                     The pleasure of small partings, The Extractor Space, London

2005-14               Hot Soak, including El Palomar, Barcelona, Spain; Performatorium, Regina, Canada

2012-13               With an Apple I Will Astonish, Large Glass, London

2013                     Double Exposures, photoworks with Manuel Vason

2012                     Once in a while it’s important to clear out your glory-hole, 1st Venice International Performance Art Week, Palazzo Bembo, Italy

2012                     Bodies of Memory: Acts of Legacy, Tate Britain

2012                     Performance Transition, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall

2011-16               Solo and group shows, Art First

2011                     Reproductive Labour: Cinenova, The Showroom, London 

2011                     If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Cinenova and de Appel, Amsterdam

2011                     Funnel of love, Archipelago, Café Gallery, London

2008                     Curious Nature, Collyer Bristow, London + Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall

2007-15               Biennial Fundraisers, The Drawing Room, London

2007                     Not tonight darling, I’m washing my hair, Smallbone of Devizes, London + Kent

2005                     Lost and Found in Translation, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall

2004                     Hortus, Spacex Gallery, Exeter + Liverpool Biennial

2003                     Art, Lies and Videotape: Exposing Performance, Tate Gallery, Liverpool [+ Catalogue]

2001                     cleanliness is next to godliness…but dirtiness is next to heaven, Dulwich Leisure Centre, London


From 1990-2000 I performed at venues including Western Front Gallery, Vancouver; La Centrale Gallery, Montréal; A-Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada; CCA, Glasgow; ICA, London; Sin Numero, Arte de Accion, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain; Camerawork Gallery, London. I was also a regular act at the club 'Duckie', Royal Vauxhall Tavern & ‘Duckie Dancehall’/’Artskool’, Connaught Rooms, London, plus invited to host/perform at a variety of benefits and clubs.


Publications/ about

2017                     Online Interview, Jacksons Arts Supplies,

2015                     Drawing and Painting: Materials and Techniques for Contemporary Artists. Ed. Kate Wilson. Harper Collins, USA/Thames&Hudson, UK

2014                     Double Exposures, photoworks with Manuel Vason. Live Art Development Agency/Intellect Books

2013                     Nature Morte by Michael Petry. Thames&Hudson

2013                     Emergency INDEX 2012

2012                     Hybrid Body-Poetic Body: Venice International Performance Art Week: I, Vest and Page

2003                     Art, Lies and Videotape: Exposing Performance. Ed. Adrian George, Tate Gallery Liverpool [Cat.]

2002                     exposures. Ed. Manuel Vason, Lois Keidan, and Ron Athey. Black Dog Publishing


Texts/ by

2019                     The grounded body: Performance Art and nature, 3rd International Festival of Homar, Iran 

2016                     Taxonomies of UK performance art: absence, eradication and reclamation, Live Art Almanac Vol 4, Live Art Development Agency/Oberon

2014                     Tailor made remains: Wayne Lucas, The Extractor Space, London. Exhibition text 

2012                     Blank Promiscuity, St Pauls Project Group Show, London. Exhibition text   

2006                     8 artists try not to talk about art: Conversation with Amanda Sharp. Ed. Bridget Crone, Space/ Artquest, London


Also various catalogue texts and for Artscribe International in the 1990s.


TV/ Radio

2013                     Living and Present: Laurie Anderson on Performance Art, BBC Radio 3, Cast Iron Radio



2022                    The Portals Project, Part One: El Umbral - The Threshold, Bermondsey Project Space, London. Co-curated with Lucía Imaz King, Wayne                                     Lucas and Simon Vincenzi. [Cats.]

2018>                  Edge of an Era: Performance Art 1985-90. Co-curated with Rob La Frenais + Alex Eisenberg/In partnership with LADA. 


2016                     Glimpses of before: 1970s UK Performance Art, Study Guide, LADA/Queen Mary.

2011-14               circuit, a platform for re/emerging artists, De Montfort University, Leicester

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