Helen Shaddock

Newcastle & Gateshead

I am a multidisciplinary artist based in Newcastle working with installation, performance, sound, video, writing & sculpture to explore the human condition. 

My lived experience of eating distress, Dyslexia, and Obsessive-compulsive Disorder informs the work that I create and the way I work.

The consequence of living with these conditions is that rigour, routine, and attention to detail are fundamental to my way of life and integral to my creative practice.

I investigate ways in which language can be used to immerse the audience in multi-layered psychological and physical situations.

Formally, my work is an exploration of abstraction and the relationship between colour, pattern and composition (layers, balance and rhythm).

The NewBridge Project The Shieldfield Centre 4-8 Clarence Walk (via Stoddart Street) Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AL



Master of Fine Art,  Newcastle University,  2016

BA (Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture and Environmental Art , Glasgow School of Art, 2008

Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design), Leeds College of Art & Design, 2005


Solo exhibitions

Everything Will Be Alright, The Archers, Newcastle University, January 2023

THEMSELVES HERE TOGETHER, The Word, South Shields, May – June 2018

Everything Will Be Alright, Cheeseburn Sculpture, Northumberland, May – June 2017

A lot can happen in fifteen minutes, NewBridge Books, Newcastle upon Tyne, Oct – Nov 2016

Everything Will Be Alright, Newcastle University, Aug – Sept 2016

New Work, Newcastle University, Aug – Sept 2015

BRIMMING, 1 Royal Terrace, Glasgow, Jan 2014

Groovings, Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre, Sept – Oct 2013

Constellation, The Steeple, The Briggait, Glasgow, May – Sept 2013

Studio Project, Market Gallery, Glasgow, Mar 2013


Selected group exhibitions

Shieldfield Home, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle, Dec 2022 – Jan 2023

Open Exhibition, Gallagher & Turner, Newcastle, Nov 2022 – Jan 2023

Amplify, Zealous Amplify Mental Health and Wellbeing Online Exhibition, Oct – Nov 2022

Middlethorpe Manor Sculpture Garden Open Weekend, Middlethorpe Manor Sculpture Garden, York, Sept 2022

Byre, East Elrington Barn, NE47 6AP, Sept 2021

Cheeseburn Open Weekend, Cheeseburn Sculpture, Northumberland, May – July 2021

BALTIC Open Submission 2020, BALTIC, Gateshead, Mar – June 2021

Open Exhibition, Gallagher & Turner, Newcastle, Aug – Oct 2019

WHICH WAY NORTH, Great North Museum:Hancock, Newcastle, June – Sept 2018

BITTER/SWEET, Assembly House, Leeds, Mar 2018

REALITY CHECK, The NewBridge Project : Gateshead, Gateshead, Oct 2017

A lot can happen in a day, TURF Projects, Croydon, London, July 2017

Flash Fwd, The Club, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Canada, April 2017

Moving on up, Moving on out, NewBridge Project Space, Newcastle upon Tyne, Feb – Mar 2017

Members Video Screening (as part of Video Show), Transmission, Glasgow, Nov 2016

No Niceties, PH Space and NewBridge Books, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nov 2016

KIELDER: ONSITE, The Observatory, Kielder Water and Forest Park, June – Sept 2016

KIELDER: OFFSITE, ExLibris Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, May 2016

It’s what you make of it, ExLibris Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, April 2016

Circus Between Worlds, a project by Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich, Glasgow International, Gi2016, April 2016

MA & Postgraduate Exhibition 2016, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset, Feb – Mar 2016

Yes, but is it editable?, ExLibris Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nov 2015

Out of Kansas, The Literature and Philosophical Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, May 2015

A Third Exhibit, The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, May 2015

DRAFTING, Performance and Drawing Event, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, Mar 2015

SNIPPET, Long Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, Feb 2015

Royal Terrace Showcase, Staithes, Sept 2014

Draw – In, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh, July 2014

RGI Winter Exhibition, Royal Glasgow Institute, Glasgow, Nov 2013 -Feb 2014

AnSo Live Screen Printing Night and Exhibition, Meadow Mill Projects, Dundee, Aug – Sept 2013

Rite of Spring, Underground Car Park, Glasgow, May 2013

Sound Thought, The Arches, Glasgow, Feb 2012

Loop 100 Anniversary of Glasgow Women’s Day, The Hidden Gardens, Tramway, Glasgow, Mar 2011

Telling Stories, The Market Gallery, Glasgow, Feb 2011

RAW In a restless place, MOIN Creative Space, South Korea, Aug 2010

Conspicuous Consumption, Montgomery’s Café, Glasgow, Jul 2009

RSA New Contemporaries 2009, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, Feb 2009 ex 2008, Leeds College of Art and Design, Sept – Oct 2008

Not Your Average Evening Event (as part of Glasgow International), McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, Apr 2008

Special Collections, The University of Leeds Gallery, Leeds Feb 2007

Sitting Room, Touring internationally, 2007

Think Small, Art 6, Art Space gallery, USA, Nov 2005


Press coverage

Helen Shaddock: Themselves Here Together, The Word, South Shields‘ by Sarah Davies, Corridor8, June 2018,

Reality Check, The NewBridge Project: Gateshead’, by Elisabetta Fabrizi, Corridor8, Nov 2017

Is this the final straw? Newcastle University MFA Summer Exhibition 2015‘, The Crack, July 2015

‘Helen Shaddock: Brimming’, The Herald, Jan 2014

Artist-Run Glasgow‘, Feature by Merlin James, Art in America, April 2013

‘Helen Shaddock’, feature, The List Magazine, Feb 2012

Strength in numbers exhibition Featured Artwork, Central Station, 50 x 50, Jan 2012

Interview on Sunny Govan Radio, Oct 2011



Spoken Word Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Canada, April – May 2017

Dumfries House, Ayrshire, August 2014

1 Royal Terrace, Glasgow, Nov 2013 –Jan 2014

Market Gallery, Glasgow, Feb-Mar 2013



HomeTime, New Writing North, June 2020

Lockdown Diary Template, For Solidarity network, Lockdown Gazette, May 2020

Northern Nori, Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne, June 2018

TRIGGER, Kielder Water and Forest Park, June 2016

Inlotus (Site-specific wall painting), Hotel Bloom! Brussels, Aug 2007



Hatton Award, Sept 2016

The NewBridge Project Graduate Studio Award, Aug 2016


Funding awards

Arts Council England, Developing Your Creative Practice, August 2021

Arts Council England, Grant for the Arts Award, April 2017

Newcastle University Student Alumni Association Fund, May 2015

Creative Scotland Talent / Professional Development, May 2012

Scottish Arts Council Creative and Professional Development, Jan 2010

Glasgow Visual Art Grant Scheme, Dec 2008



Lockdown Diaries artwork featured in Duplicate 2021: Publishing In A Pandemic, BAAAD Press, May 2021

EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT featured in WordPower: Language as Medium, Sarah Peace (Ed.), LibraryX, 2018

Portion Control, self published as part of REALITY CHECK, The NewBridge Project: Gateshead, Gateshead, 2017

A lot can happen in fifteen minutes, UnStapled Press , 2016


Work in public collections

Lockdown Diaries (series of drawings), Wellcome Collection library, Mar 2021

A lot can happen in fifteen minutes (publication), Newcastle University Library, Sept 2016

An Opportunity To Investigate Bird Activity (artists’ book), Glasgow School of Art Artists’ Book Library, Dec 2006

Take A Seat… (artists’ book), Glasgow School of Art Artists’ Book Library, Dec 2006

Once Upon A Time… (artists’ book), Public artwork in The Mitchell Library, Glasgow, 2006

Placed Upon The Horizon (publication), A Permanent Public Artwork by Ruth Barker and Niall Macdonald, The book  consists of 28 transcripts, my own included, 2006

Barcode Book (artists’ book) Leeds College of Art and Design, Artist Book Collection, June 2005


Work in private collections

Everything Will Be Alright (audio work), 2021

Set of sculptures, Ms Mairi Mackenzie, Dec 2011

Sculptural installation, Mr Sandy Moffat, Oct 2011

Urban Space, Set of sculptures, Ms McLoughlin, July 2011

Agardite, Drawing, Ms Sam Ainsley, April 2010

Cluster (Series 1) Series of 9 drawings, Mr Sprengnagel, Aug 2009

Cluster, DVD, Mr Sprengnagel, Aug 2009


Artist talks

Northumbria University, Artist talk, February 2018

Friends of the Hatton Gallery, Artist talk, May 2016

Explore Programme, Commercial Union House, Newcastle upon Tyne, Artist talk, May 2015

Helen Shaddock in conversation with Petter Yxell and Ruth Switalski, In conjunction with BRIMMING exhibition at 1 Royal

Terrace, Glasgow, Jan 2014

Helen Shaddock in conversation with Julie-Anne Delaney and Martin Craig, In conjunction with Studio Project exhibition at Market Gallery, Apr 2013

Postgraduate Creative Entrepreneur Course, Glasgow School of Art, Guest Speaker, Nov 2012 Sculpture and Environmental Art department, Glasgow School of Art, Artist talk, Jan 2012

Postgraduate Creative Entrepreneur Course, Glasgow School of Art, Guest Speaker, Oct 2011

What Now Event at Glasgow School of Art, Guest speaker, June 2009


Additional projects

marginendeavour, Collaborative practice with David Foggo, 2018 – present

Drone Ensemble, Member of experimental sound group, 2016 – present

Glasgow International Artists’ Bookfair, Event Founder & Co-ordinator, 2008- 2014


Professional experience

Spoken Word and Performance Workshop Facilitator, Newcastle University, Nov 2018 – present

Module Tutor for BA Year 2 students, Newcastle University, Sept 2015 – present

Visiting Lecturer, Creative and Cultural Industries MA Programme in Fine Art, Northumbria University, Dec 2018

Host, Bobby Baker’s Great & Tiny War, Wunderbar, 133 Sidney Grove, July – Dec 2018

Gallery invigilator, The NewBridge Project, July – August 2018

Assistant, The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, July 2018

Event Assistant, Cheeseburn Sculpture, May 2017 – present

Library Aide, Walton Library, Newcastle University, Dec 2016 – present

Learning and Teaching Development Service Intern, Newcastle University, Dec 2014 – Sept 2016

Student Ambassador, Newcastle University, Oct 2014 – Sept 2015

Project Researcher for HEA funded‘Anatomy of Employability’ project, Glasgow School of Art, Jan 2013 – Dec 2014

Assistant, Jerwood Drawing Prize, June 2015 – July 2015

Artist Assistant, Sabina Sallis, Nov 2014 – April 2015

Painting and Printmaking Administration Officer, Glasgow School of Art, Sept 2009 – Aug 2014

Event Co-ordinator, Glasgow International Artists Bookfair Nov 2007– 2014

Art Workshop tutor, North Lanarkshire Council, Sept 2013 – Oct 2013

Art tutor, Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, May 2013 – July 2013

AHM Admin Co-ordinator, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, April 2010 – April 2012

Audience and Development Assistant, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Jan 2009 – April 2009

Skills & Experience

  • Animation
  • Project management
  • Visiting lecturer (HE)
  • Visiting lecturer (FE)
  • Working with schools (primary)
  • Working with schools (secondary)
  • Workshsops (adult)
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