Helen Denerley

In the upcoming summer issue of ART NORTH magazine, writer and poet Mandy Haggith has a feature on sculptor Helen Denerley. Helen has several exhibitions both current and forthcoming. We wanted to mention these as some are already underway. As Mandy writes in her feature on Helen’s work, which focusses on the intersections of sculpture and poetry:

“Over a forty-year career, Helen has collaborated and formed close friendships with several poets. Early on she worked with George Mackay Brown on Orkney; she told him what animals she was thinking of making, and he wrote ten tiny haiku-like poems, one for each creature, which she then incorporated into sculptures. She has also collaborated with Irish poet Michael Longley, notably in the stunning installation, Across the Equinox, at Rhue Art Gallery in 2018, in which his poems and her sculptures spoke eloquently to each other. Other poets who have mattered include Angus Dunn and Norman MacCaig, whose phrase ‘the goatishness of goats’ she strives to achieve in her art.”

Current and upcoming dates are as follows:

Scottish Sculpture Park
Caol Ruadh, Colintrive.
23 June – 26 August

Kilmorack Gallery
Beauly, Inverness-shire
20 July – 17 August

Roger Billcliffe Gallery
Glasgow (exhibition of drawings)
Until 3 August

Donald Watson Art Gallery
Scottish Ornithologists Club
Aberlady, East Lothian
September (for dates, please consult website)

Mandy Haggith’s latest books are The Amber Seeker and Why the Sky is Far Away (see: www.mandyhaggith.net).

Banner Image: Helen Denerley at work in her studio (Photo: © Mark Whatmore, 2019, courtesy the artist)