Helen Cammock was born in Staffordshire, UK in 1970 and lives and works in London. In 2020, Cammock will have a solo exhibition at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK to commemorate their 30th anniversary, following a residency this month. Her new film Concrete Feather and Porcelain Tacks, has been commissioned with Film and Video Umbrella, London, Touchstones Museum,Rochdale, UK and The Photographers Gallery, London and will be exhibited in solo exhibitions at The Photographers Gallery and Rochdale Museum in June and October 2020 respectively. Next summer, Serpentine Gallery, London will present Cammock’s project Radio Ballads, a radio programme and series of live performance events.Read More
Her exhibition The Long Note, has been presented at Turner Contemporary, Margate as part of the 2019 Turner Prize; VOID, Derry, Northern Ireland; and The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (all 2019). Other solo exhibitions include The Sound of Words, Reading Museum, UK (2019) and Shouting In Whispers, Cubitt, London (2017). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at A Plus A Gallery, Venice; Somerset House, London; Hollybush Gardens, London; FirstSite, Colchester, UK; and she has staged performances at The Showroom, Whitechapel Gallery and the ICA in London.
Text courtesy Kate MacGarry.
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