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.

2011

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

2004

Disability awareness training. DADAA

2007

5 day site specific sculptural workshop with Francois Davin Northam

2003

Community Cultural Planning. CANWA

2001

Post Graduate Certificate, Indigenous Australian Studies, Curtin University.

2000

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

 

Diploma Art Studies, TAFE

Solo Exhibitions

2018

Bunbury Regional Arts Galleries.

2013

Heathcote Museum and Art Gallery Perth

2008

Lake Grace Art space

2007

Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame Kalgoorlie

2005

Fremantle Arts Centre

2004

bread box gallery. Perth

2002

Gallows Gallery Perth

Major Group Exhibitions

2020

Fibre. Holmes a Court Gallery, West Perth. Holmes a Court Gallery Vasse Felix Winery, Coweramup.

Sculpture@bathers. Kidogo Gallery Fremantle.

South Western Times Survey. Bunbury Art Galleries.

2019

Bunbury Biennale. Bunbury Art Galleries.

Alternative Archive. Lost Eden Gallery. Dwellingup.

Wildflower State, Midland Junction Art Centre.

2018/19

The spaces Between Us. Bourn Vincent Gallery, Limerick University, Ireland.

Stations of the Cross. Westley Centre Perth.

South West Art Now Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

2017

Sculpture@bathers. Bather's Beach Fremantle.

Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Regional Arts Galleries.

2016

The Mechanics of Fluids. Central Gallery Perth.

The Space Between us. Bunbury Regional Arts Galleries

South West Art Now Bunbury Regional Arts Galleries.

Mundaring Invitational Acquisitive Award Mundaring Arts Centre

2015

Bunbury Biennale. Bunbury Regional Arts Galleries

Handle with Care Heathcote Museum and Art Gallery.

Sculpture@Bathers, Kidogo Gallery Fremantle

2014

Busselton Art Award.

Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe

South Western Times Survey Bunbury Regional Arts Galleries

Minnawarra City of Armadale

Castaways Rockingham

2013

South 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

Mundaring Invitational Acquisitive Award Mundaring Arts Centre

South Western Times Survey Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

2012

Minnawarra Art Award

Melville Sculpture Walk, City of Melville.

Shine recent graduate's exhibition Central Gallery

Spin cycle Heathcote Museum Art Gallery (as Virginia Cunningham)

Sculpture by the Sea. Cottesloe

South Western Times Survey Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2011

cracked Graduate Exhibition Central Institute of Technology, Perth

Environment Art Award, WACC & City of Perth

Melville Sculpture Walk, City of Melville

South Western Times Survey Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2010

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

South Western Times Survey. Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

2008

River Art Site Specific Sculpture. Northam

Survey of Lloyd and Liz Horne Collection. Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

2007

Biennale Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

F.O.C.A. Fundraiser Exhibition. Lloyd and Liz Horne Collection Artists.

2006

Foyer Gallery Australian National University Canberra. ACT

Seriously Funny Exhibition Art Geo Busselton. W.A.

South Western Times Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

2005

City of Wanneroo Art Awards 2005. W.A.

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

Level 10 Bunbury Regional Art Galleries W.A.

2004

Mundaring Shire Acquisitive Art Exhibition W.A.

South Western Times Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2003

South West Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

2002

City of Perth Art Award, Perth City Council Chambers

South West Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

2001

City of Perth Award, Perth City Council Chambers

South West Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Honours Degree Graduate Exhibition, Spiral Gallery, Perth

1999

Bachelor of Arts Graduate Exhibition, Edith Cowan University,

Bunbury Regional Art Galleries

Awards

2016

South West Art Now. Bunbury City Acquisition Award.

2014

People's Choice Award South Western Times Survey

2013

Melville Sculpture Walk Major Award

2011

West Australian Environmental Art Award (Major 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

Collections

2019

Janet Holmes a Court Collection

2018

Janet Holmes a Court Collection

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 Collection

2002

Worsley Alumina Board Room Collection

Centre for Indigenous Studies - Curtin University

1999

Omagh Tragedy Collection - Library Board Ireland

Employment History

2020

Studio Artist

2019

Reveal workshops tutor. Fremantle Arts Centre.

Studio Artist.

2018

Noongar Sculpture workshops. Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

Studio Artist.

2017

Arts Adviser. Womanmade.com project as Arts Advisor to participants.

Visual Arts Lecturer ECU Bunbury Campus

Recovery Sculpture workshops. Yarloop.

Judge. Kalgoorlie Art Prize.

2016

Visual Arts Lecturer ECU Bunbury Campus

Research assistant. ECU Yarloop recovery research.

Arts Adviser. Womanmade.com project as Arts Advisor. to participants.

2015

Visual Arts Lecturer ECU Bunbury Campus

2014

Judge – Iluka Visions 2014 Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

Public Art Commission, Bridgetown

Presenter: Sculpture Forum Sculpture with a conscience Rockingham

Visual Arts Lecturer ECU Bunbury Campus

Children's workshops Sculpture by the Sea. Cottesloe

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

Judge - Capel Art Award

Awesome Arts School Holiday program. Forrest Place Perth.

2010

Community Tree. Sculpture Project. Enable South West Bunbury.

Mallokup Bridge Interpretation, in consultation with community of Peppermint Grove Beach Community and the Shire of Caple.

I.T.A.S. tutor Curtin University and 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

Art Project Facilitator, Enable South West, Bunbury

Art Tutor Bunbury Regional Prison

I.T.A.S. tutor Curtin University and Bunbury Regional Prison

2009

Art Tutor Bunbury Regional Prison

2008

Awesome Art challenge. 2 week youth art residency Jarlmadangah Burru Community Kimberley

2008

Art tutor and I.T.A.S. tutor Bunbury Regional Prison

Publications

Justice Arts, Processes and Collaborations. Contributing author. Eco Social Work publication. 2019

ABC Radio National interview. Hub on Arts. 2018 and 2019

Are We There Yet? Catalogue.

ABC Radio National Interview. Books and Art 2016

20 years Sculpture by the Sea

closet circus A Survey of Lloyd and Liz Horne Collection

SURVEY 2010 ART IN THE SOUTH WEST D. Bromfield and P. Tandy

Peppermint Magazine Winter 2013 edition

Who'd have thought blog site

ABC State Wide Radio interview November, 2013

Big Kids Magazine 2014 Edition 6 & 7