• © Helen Sear, Pond, 2011

  • © Helen Sear, Becoming Forest 7, 2016-2017

  • © Helen Sear, Becoming Forest 8, 2016-2017

  • © Helen Sear, Becoming Forest 6, 2016-2017

  • © Helen Sear, Becoming Forest 1, 2016-2017

Helen Sear selected for first CONNECT photography commission

A new series of works taking the theme 'Sussex' will be created for public waiting rooms within the redevelopment of Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital

Photoworks in partnership with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Willis Newson and the University of Brighton have announced four photography commissions for CONNECT – the 3Ts hospital redevelopment public art programme.

The commissions will deliver a permanent collection of photographic artworks sited across 36 public waiting rooms within the redevelopment of Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital to open from 2020.

Internationally recognised photographer, Helen Sear, has been selected for first major photography commission, which will take the theme of Sussex as a starting point for the creation of a new series of works.

An open call for the remaining three commissions to be themed on South Downs, Brighton and Coast is open until 1 November 2017

Helen Sear, who represented Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale, says

‘This commission will be an exciting and challenging opportunity for me to extend and explore the emotional influence of images within a truly public context, and to work alongside experts from the field of medicine, hospital communities and architectural environments. I lived and worked in Sussex for three years and I’m looking forward to revisiting and rediscovering the county.’

About Helen Sear

Helen Sear studied Fine Art at Reading University and University College London, Slade School, her practice coming to prominence in the late 1980s, when she worked primarily through installation, performance and film.

Her photographic works became widely known in the 1991 British Council exhibition, De-Composition: Constructed Photography in Britain, which toured Latin America and Eastern Europe.

She continues to explore ideas of vision, touch, and the representation of the nature of experience with particular reference to the human and animal body and her immediate environment in rural Wales and France.

Sear was the first woman to represent Wales with a solo exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015.

Ffotogallery Wales published her first major monograph, Inside The View, in 2012. Brisées was published by GOST 2013, accompanying the major national tour Lure in the same year.

She is currently working with the Forestry Commission in Dalby and Crescent Arts Scarborough, developing her Wales in Venice exhibition with a new video work that will premier in May 2018.

Solo exhibitions will show at Martin Asbaek gallery, Copenhagen in January 2018 and Hestercombe House, Devon in July 2018.

The Whole Story

The last few copies of The Whole Story, a small Photoworks publication originally released in 2000 are available to purchase in our online shop. The book is a culmination of Helen Sear’s year-long Photoworks residency at the museum and library in Maidstone, Kent.