Helen Shaddock

I am a multidisciplinary artist based in Newcastle working with installation, performance, sound, video, writing & sculpture to explore the human condition. I investigate ways in which language can be used to immerse the audience in multi-layered psychological and physical situations.

My work is regularly exhibited in solo & group exhibitions & is contained in a variety of public collections. I have a number of public artworks, have been commissioned to produce site-specific work & have taken part in national & international residencies.

Since March 2020 I have maintained a daily Lockdown Diary which I publish online. In June 2020 I was subsequently commissioned by New Writing North to create Home Time – a diary and journaling tool, suitable for everyone who is interested in reflecting on their daily activities during and beyond Covid 19. I was also commissioned by The For Solidarity network to create a diary template that was printed in the Lockdown Gazette for people to record their own Lockdown experiences.

In April 2017 I gained Arts Council England Grants for the Arts funding for my project ‘Voices: Within and Without’, in which I worked with other voice hearers, artists, researchers, academics and Mental Health organisations to investigate auditory hallucinations, the experience of hearing voices.

My collection of short texts, A lot can happen in fifteen minutes, was published by the independent publishing House UnStapled Press in September 2016. In October 2017 I self-published Portion Control as part of REALITY CHECK, a group exhibition at The NewBridge Project : Gateshead. I am currently writing a creative memoir based on my experience of Anorexia Nervosa and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

I work collaboratively with David Foggo as marginendeavour, using text, collage, installation and sound to explore our affinities with language.