Artist Helen Peyton

Artist Helen Peyton

Hot off the press: we’re delighted to share with you that one of our long standing and best-selling artists, Helen Peyton, has just been nominated for the prestigious 2015 Turner Prize. We’re ecstatic for her.

The final shortlist of the selected ‘elite 4’ will be announced on 12th May, so fingers crossed for Helen that she will be on that list.

Submitted for the prize is Helen’s super cool original project – the smart gallery, or to give its contextual name – the Social Museum and Art Gallery, which is based at the Craven Museum and Gallery in Skipton. Helen has been the artist in residence there for the last 3 years and the culmination of her work over the last 12 months is the smart gallery, her brainchild from inception to execution.

The idea of the smart gallery is that the public create a unique collection of interesting artefacts; Helen selects some of the items that people bring to her, to make into works of art; including depicting them in a linocut print using the museum’s retro 1850s printing press. The prints that Helen has created will form part of the museum’s permeant collection and are available to buy from Beady Eye Art. They show every day and unusual objects, ones to make us smile to making us stop and think; a fine collection to adorn any wall.

Helen’s notoriety doesn’t stop there; three of her retro themed lino reduction prints were selected by the world renowned Royal Academy 2011 and 2012 Summer Exhibition and she has gone through round one for the Royal Academy Summer exhibition 2015; watch this space to find out if her work will be hanging this year too.