About the artist

Helen Armstrong trained at Chelsea and Brighton art schools as a painter and printmaker. Has taught art and crafts, worked as an illustrator and graphic designer, brought up a family, and then trained as a counsellor. Now combines art work with a private counselling practice, including running groups using art for self knowledge. Has recently started working with fused glass. Member of Christian Arts UK. Former Vice President of SIAC - Societe Internationale des Artistes Chretiens - from 2000 - 2008.



Qualifications
1958 National Diploma in Design (painting and printmaking)
1959 Art Teacher's Certificate
1997 Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Therapy
2001 Accredited MBACP as Registered Independent Counsellor
2007 Senior Accredited.

Recent Exhibitions
1988 Brighthelm Centre, Brighton, and at Goldsmiths College London, "Images of Women" exhibition organised by Threshold Initiative for Women to accompany the annual conference of the British Psychological Society.
1996"Journeys, Memories" Brighton Open exhibition, Brighton Museum Gallery.
1997"Identity" open exhibition at Towner Gallery, Eastbourne,Sussex.
1999Galerie la Papessa, Vienna, Austria.
1985-1997Chapel Royal, Brighton participated in annual group shows by Society of Catholic Artists as part of each Brighton International Festival.
Participated in exhibitions of SIAC (Societe Internationale des Artistes Chretians) in
1985Rome
1992Barcelona
1995Krakov
1998Schlierbach
2001Luxembourg
2005Reichenau
2006"Christ Among Us" exhibition at Westminster Cathedral.
2007"Christ Among Us" exhibition, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol.
Exhibits annually at the Grange Gallery Rottingdean Brighton, and elsewhere in Sussex, in group exhibitions by the Society of Sussex Painters, and in Brighton Festival Open Studios.

Publications

1995 "Practical Drawing with Pastels" by Gerald Woods, Quadrillion Publishing,
1996 "Drawing with Pastels" by Gerald Woods, Readers' Digest
1997 "The Artist's Studio" by Gerald Woods, Readers' Digest
1987-1992 Illustrated and edited Brighton Anti Nuclear Group newsletter "BANG"
Designed posters for Sussex Counselling events presenting Dorothy Rowe ( 2003 ) and Susie Orbach (2004)
2001-2006 Edited and designed SIAC Colour and black and white Bulletins

Statement
What pleases me in my art work is the way the other can be found in everyday life. A road sign, jet vapour trails, sunlight falling on net curtains, a reflection in a train window, all can evoke an awareness of what lies beneath the surface. Artists deal with surface, we work with materials and how they look. As a counsellor I look beneath the surface to see what is happening in the unconscious. In my art work I like to combine these different approaches, enjoying the pleasure of the surface effects while reflecting on the deeper meanings that are also visible.

Helen Armstrong NDD, ATC, Ad Dip Couns, MBACP Snr Accred.

23 St Leonard's Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4QP
Tel 01273 261052, Fax 01273 261053, e-mail info@helenarmstrong.co.uk
website www.helenarmstrong.co.uk

 

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