Art Connections is a Chrysalis Arts project providing a range of services for visual artists in York, North Yorkshire and beyond.

Helen Peyton

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Helen Peyton is founder and artist in residence of Smart Gallery, the social museum and art gallery, her linocuts are in response to the artefacts the public donated, objects of personal significance that they believe should be saved for posterity in this temporary exhibition and online collection. Her contemporary linocuts are dynamic and thoughtful, due to anecdotal and personal nature of the artefacts. This project was inspired after an extensive residency with Craven Museum & Gallery and her ongoing love of objects, their stories, histories and their association to our emotions.

Helens skilled approach meant she was selected to represent the process of reduction linocut in a coffee table book called ‘Low Tech’ by Caspar Williamson for Lawrence King Publishing. Recent works have been exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, as well as becoming permanent features at Leeds City Art Gallery. Smart Gallery work has been awarded judge’s awards for Open Up North, The Flourish Award and a community prize nominations for Craven.

Helen is an avid promoter of all things print and has developed many unique and creative pop up printmaking spaces with exhibition, studio and workshop, showcasing the various techniques and letting the public experience them hands on.

Current methods of working: private commission, public commission, gallery exhibitions, community work, education projects and collaboration