About Artist
Selected Artworks

About Artist

Helen Barff, born in 1977 in Birmingham, is a London based sculptor. She studied an MA Drawing at Camberwell College in 2004 and a BA (hons) Fine Art and Art History at Goldsmiths College in 1999. Barff exhibited in a group exhibition with Rabley Contemporary in 2005. She was Rabley Drawing Centre artist residency in 2009 and has had two solo shows with Rabley Gallery in 2009 and 2015.

Selected Exhibitions include Hangars at Rabley Galllery, Matter and Memory at Alison Jacques Gallery, London, Open Cube at White Cube, Masons Yard, London. Selected Awards and Collections include the Arts Council-Deptford X/ Colección Isabel y Agustín Coppel, Mexico, Rodney Lubeznik, Chicago and Deborah Ronnen Fine Art in New York.

Selected Artworks


Helen Barff is currently exhibiting in ‘The Faraway Nearby’ at Rabley Gallery with an installation made in collaboration with Katherine Jones


Solo Exhibitions

Many and many a day like this, Stone Space, London
Memory of Clothes, Worthing Museum
BROOD, Bend in the River, Gainsborough
LAND and SEA, Rabley Drawing Centre, Wiltshire UK
Things from the Thames, Bearspace, London
New Works II, selected new graduate, Farnham Maltings, Surrey

Selected Group Exhibitions

The Faraway Nearby, Rabley Gallery, Wiltshire
Auto//Fiction, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
Surface, JGM Gallery, London
All the Names, Scrap Metal, Toronto
Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017
Rising, St Johns on Bethnal Green
Liberties, The Exchange, Penzance
Traces and Remains: Inquiries into the Present, curated by Tatiana Cuevas Hospicio Cabañas (Guadalajara), Museo Amparo (Puebla) and Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso (Mexico City). Colección Isabel y Agustín Coppel, Mexico
Of the Sea, Chatham Dockyard
Bench, Tintype Gallery, London
All surface one moment, all depth the next, fourFOLD, Enclave
Hangers, Rabley Drawing Centre, Wiltshire
Liberties, Collyer Bristow Gallery, curated by Day + Gluckman
UnFOLD, fourFOLD, Enclave, London
All Things New, Man&Eve Projects, London
Contemporary Art Society North, Art in the Home, York
Matter and Memory, Alison Jacques Gallery, London
Open Cube, White Cube, Masons Yard, London
Regrouping, Bend in the River at the Usher Gallery, Lincoln
Undercurrent, Departure Foundation, London
Space Exchange, Aid and Abet, Cambridge
Group show series, Trident Way, Departure Gallery, London
Group show, Royal Standard, Liverpool
Group Show, Raising Ground, Bearspace
Group Show, Bend in the River, Gainsborough
Demarco’s Festival, National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Touring drawing show, bluetenweiss, venues around Germany
Driven, group show, Fieldgate Gallery, E1
Group Show, Bend in the River, Gainsborough
Group Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Group Drawing Show, SourceArt, Illinois, USA
They Also Draw, Seven Seven Gallery, E8
Group Show, Alma Enterprises, E2
Demarco European Art Foundation Space, Edinburgh

Residencies / Fellowships

Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre
Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, Gasworks Gallery / Triangle Arts Trust Richard 2005
DeMarco Art Foundation Space – Skateraw, Scotland
Ravensbourne School, Bromley


Maze Magazine, full page feature
Drawing in the Grey Zone by David Vanderburgh, SURFACE/ΕΠΙΦΑΝΕΙΑΕΠΙΦΑΝΕΙΑ: Digital
Materiality and the New Relation between Depth and Surface, Futura Publications, Athens Open Cube, interview with Adriano Pedrosa, White Cube, London
Objects and Materials, A Routledge Companion – front cover and interview, London
5th International Drawing Annual, Manifest Gallery, Ohio – essay on drawing
Wallpaper Magazine ‘Umbras Game’ feature Artist Newsletter – front cover feature
Essay – ‘What is Drawing For?’ Tracey – Contemporary Drawing Network New Art from London – Chris Townsend, Thames and Hudson, London


Arts Council grant Memory of Clothes with Worthing Museum
AN The Artists Information Company, professional development bursary Arts Council / Lottery funding for Deptford X project
AHRB Grant for MA
Birds Charity (Royal Academy of Arts) Award
South Square Trust Grant

Selected Collections

Deborah Ronnen Fine Art, New York
Joe Shlesinger and Samara Walbohm, Toronto, Canada Colección Isabel y Agustín Coppel, Mexico
Rodney Lubeznik, Chicago
Richard DeMarco Archive, Edinburgh