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Helen Sear's practice can be characterized by her exploration of the crossover between photography and fine art, and her focus on the co-existence of the human, animal, and natural worlds.

She studied Fine Art at Reading University and University College London, Slade School, her practice coming to prominence in the late 1980s, when she worked primarily with installation, performance and video. 

Helen was the first female artist selected to represent Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice with a solo exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015.

Her photographic works became widely known in the 1991 British Council exhibition, De-Composition: Constructed Photography in Britain, which toured Latin America and Eastern Europe. 

Photography remains a central subject and medium in her work, which often challenges the dominance of the eye and the fixed-point perspective associated with the camera lens.


Her current work includes photography sound and video within a sculptural context, exploring the potential of the artwork to activate and elicit feeling.


Helen has exhibited and published internationally and was recently voted one of the key100 women photographers practicing globally by The Royal Photographic Society .

Helen is a visiting Professor at the Royal Academy Schools London and lives and works in France and the UK.

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