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Artist Helen Seiver

Artist Statement

While primarily seeking to make sense of and broaden an understanding of my role as a contemporary female, my work also reflects the essential part women have played in determining the nature, shape and structure of female roles and identity.

The various projects and progression of works endeavour to find processes with which to explore environmental and cultural issues and from a female perspective. They embrace themes of inherence (to be a natural and integral part of something) and cultural inheritance. Often using found objects, all chosen as signifiers of place and era, the works present an opportunity to observe and consider the notions being discussed: those of environment, home, and recollection.


Education

2013 Arc& Mig Gas welding, South West Institute Tech.

2013 Welding for Artists. South West Institute Tech.

2011 Adv Dip Visual Art and Craft (sculpture) Central Inst. Tech. Perth.

2007 5 day site specific sculptural workshop with Francois Davin. Northam

2004 Disability awareness training. DADAA

2003 Community Cultural Planning. LGAGOVA606A. CANWA

2001 Post Graduate Certificate Indigenous Australian Studies, Curtin University.

2000 Bachelor of Arts (Vis Arts) Honours. Edith Cowan University.

1986 Diploma Art Studies, TAFE


Awards

2016 South West Art Now. Bunbury City Council Acquisition Award.

2014 Peoples Choice Award South Western Times Survey

2013 Melville Sculpture Walk Major Award

2011 Environmental Art Award

2007 Mullalyup Muster Award

2006 Art Geo Busselton. Seriously Funny Award - major prize

2005 City of Wanneroo Art Awards 2005. Mixed Media Award

2004 Mundaring Shire Acquisitive Award

2001 City of Perth Art Award, Commendation Award

South West Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Major prize winner, Edith Cowan University Award

2000 South West Survey Exhibition, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries Worsley Alumina Award for Excellence

1988 Dux Painting, Forrestfield TAFE

1987/6 Dux Printmaking, Forrestfield TAFE


Collections

2016 City of Bunbury

2014 City of Bunbury

2013 City of Melville

2011 Central Institute of Technology

2008 Lloyd and Liz Horn Collection

Olsen collection

2004 Mundaring Shire Council

2002 Worsley Alumina Board Room Collection

Centre for Indigenous Studies - Curtin University

1999 Omagh Tragedy Collection - Library Board Ireland

Numerous private collections


Publications:

Closet circus. A Survey of Lloyd and Liz Horne Collection

Survey 2010 Art In The South West. by D. Bromfield and P. Tandy.

Peppermint Magazine Winter 2013 edition

Who'd have thought blog

ABC State Wide Radio interview November, 2013

Big Kids Magazine 2014 Edition 6 & 7.


Solo exhibitions

2018 (upcoming) Bunbury Regional Arts Galleries.

2013 Heathcote Museum and Art Gallery. Perth.

2008 Lake Grace Art space

2007 Mullalyup Gallery

Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame. Kalgoorlie

2005 Fremantle Arts Centre

2004 Bread Box Gallery. Perth

2002 Gallows Gallery. Perth


Major Group Exhibitions

2017 (upcoming) Sculpture@bathers. Bather's Beach Fremantle.

Sculpture by the Bay. Dunsborough.

Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Regional Arts Galleries.

2016The Mechanics of Fluids. Central Gallery Perth.

The Space Between Bunbury Regional Arts Galleries

South West Art Now Bunbury Regional Arts Galleries.

Mundaring Invitational Acquisitive Award Mundaring Arts Centre

2015Bunbury Biennale. Bunbury Regional Arts Galleries

Handle with Care Heathcote Museum and Art Gallery.

Sculpture@Bathers, Kidogo Gallery Fremantle

2014Busselton Art Award.

Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe

South Western Times Survey Bunbury Regional Arts Galleries

Minnawarra City of Armadale

Castaways Rockingham

2013South West Stories: Ephemeral site specific Installation and insite Gallery installation. Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Sculpture@Bathers, Kidogo Gallery Fremantle

Melville Sculpture Walk. Deep Water Point, Mt Pleasant

Fingers and Petals Freight Gallery Fremantle

Mundaring Invitational Acquisitive Award Mundaring Arts Centre

South Western Times Survey Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

2012 City of Swan's Annual Contemporary Art Awards

Minawarra Art Award

Aurum, Mundaring Art Centre

Melville Sculpture Walk, City of Melville.

Nominated for hatched 2012 PICA Perth

Shine recent graduate's exhibition Central Gallery

Heathcote Museum Art Gallery (as Virginia Cunningham)

Sculpture by the Sea. Cottesloe

South Western Times Survey Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2011Cracked Graduate Exhibition Central Institute of Technology, Perth

Environment Art Award, WACC & City of Perth

Melville Sculpture Walk, City of Melville

Paperatzi - curated exhibition. Albany

South Western Times Survey Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2010Walk the Zig Zig Shire of Kalamunda

South Western Times Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Spin Cycle The Showcase Exhibition for 2010. Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (as Virginia Cunningham)

2009 Joondalup Invitational Award 2009

Bunbury Biennale 2009

Piney Lakes Sculpture Walk 2009 Melville

2008RiverArt Site Specific Sculpture, Northam.

Closet circus A Survey of Lloyd and Liz Horne Collection

Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. Western Australia

South Western Times Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2007South Western Times Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2006translating broken space Foyer Gallery

Australian National University Canberra, ACT

Seriously Funny Exhibition Art Geo Busselton

South Western Times Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2005 City of Wanneroo, Art Awards

Eight Holmes a Court, Vasse Felix Gallery W.A.

2004 Mundaring Shire Acquisitive Art Exhibition

South Western Times Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2003South West Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

2002City of Perth Art Award, Perth City Council Chambers

South West Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2001City of Perth Award, Perth City Council Chambers

South West Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2000South West Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Honours Degree Graduate Exhibition, Spiral Gallery, Perth

1999South West Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Bachelor of Arts Graduate Exhibition, Edith Cowan University, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries


Recent Employment history

2014

Public Art Commission - Bridgetown.

Visual Arts Lecturer ECU Bunbury Campus

2013

Art Tutor. Children's Studio. Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2012

Ongoing Consulting artist - Art Partners Bunbury

Awesome Art challenge. 2 week youth art residency. Mt Magnet

Artist in Residence - Marsh Art, Derby DADAA

2011

Awesome Arts School Holiday program. Forrest Place Perth.

2010

Community Tree. Sculpture Project. Enable South West Bunbury

Mallokup Bridge Interpretation, Shire of Caple

ITAS tutor Curtin University @ Bunbury Regional Prison

Awesome Art challenge. 2 week youth art residency. Leonora

Awesome Art challenge. 2 week youth art residency, Gnowangerup.

Awesome Art challenge. 2 week youth art residency. East Kalgoorlie 2009 Art Project Facilitator, Enable South West, Bunbury

Art Tutor Bunbury Regional Prison