Helen Sharp, Museum of the Sentient, 2013, photograph by BJW Jefferson
For TÖNE Festival, Helen Sharp will be undertaking some playful adventures in art and feasting in order to explore her interest in the feral and in rurality. For her Conviviality Commission, Lostlands, which is a salon of food, music and film she will be working with artist, James Stopforth, who will be the siren of Lostands. He will design and make his clothing for the event, he will guide, serve, host, entertain, flirt, dance and decorate the Lostlands by his presence. He is an artwork. She will also be collaborating with sculptor, Simon Carman.
Part I, takes place on Staurday 21st June, 18:00-20:00 on the Tennis Lawns at The Historic Dockyard and features free canapés and a complimentary cocktail. Part II, featuring complimentary afternoon tea, will be on Sunday 22nd June, 16:00-17:00 and will draw a delightful close to the celebrations of TÖNE.
About Helen Sharp
Helen Sharp is an artist living and working in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Helen grew up on the tiny Hebridean island of Vatersay in Scotland and left the islands to take up a place in Edinburgh College of Art where she gained a First Class honours in Sculpture and received the Andrew Grant Bequest Scholarship for Highest Academic Achievement. Helen went on to gain a Masters with Distinction in Time Based Art from Dartington College of Arts.
After some time teaching and also exhibiting internationally many times, Helen went on to be co-director of Catalyst Arts Gallery in Belfast and then to complete a PhD in Art from the University of Ulster. Alongside and equally as important to her academic career, Helen has continued her art practice and recently had two solo shows, `The Hero and Now’ (Catalyst Arts) and ‘Love’s Rebellious Joy’ (Higher Bridges Gallery) exhibiting film, drawing, photography, print and installation. Helen was one of five shortlisted artists for the Cultural Olympiad in 2009 and also published a book in collaboration with artist Aisling O’ Beirn entitled ‘Or So We’ve Heard’. Helen has recently completed a residency at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre where she converted a horse-box into a mobile museum and she is currently working as art director on internationally acclaimed music producer David Holmes’s directorial debut film project set in her beloved home Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.
Helen’s public artwork has included sculpture collaborations with artist Duncan Ross, community gardens, environmental sculpture and a recently completed commission for Kerrygold Butter to design and install a bespoke artwork and garden in MileEnd, London. In 2012 Helen curated ‘Humbly Through the Dust’ for The British Council, an exhibition featuring Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Henry Moore and Mark Wallinger. She also recently curated a music event ‘Dark At Its Full’ for The Happy Days International Beckett Festival. Helen is co-founder of Outland Arts and director of Meadow² both artistic endeavors have their heart in the rural.
About Simon Carman
Simon Carman of Artfabricate is a highly regarded sculptor based in County Leitrim, Ireland. Simon specialises in stone carving, metal fabrication and bronze casting and has been making large-scale public work for selected artists over 25 years. His sculptures are held in many private collections and he currently a studio holder at The Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton.