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

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

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 http://www.double-exposures.com/

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; 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, https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2017/10/11/botanical-helena-goldwater/

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 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039p1bz



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. http://1970s.thisisliveart.co.uk

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

copyright:  Helena Goldwater