Hi-Artz Press Solo Exhibition, 2011

Al-Mutanabbi Street Broadsides Events

The al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition project was created as an arts community response to the car bombing of al-Mutanabbi street, the multi-cultural publishing quarter of Baghdad. They have organised readings and events since April 2007 in order to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders (or Médecins Sans Frontières). Hi-Artz Press is 110 of 130 letterpress printers who took part in this worthwhile project.

Exhibitions and fundraising events are ongoing and worldwide.  You can find out more here: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/mutan11.htm




An exhibition

of contemporary letterpress practitioners, which took place at Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton, London. It showcased how a centuries-old craft is being reinvented for modern day usage. 

Hi-Artz Press showed 6 pieces.

Curated by Graham Bignell of New North Press and graphic designer Richard Ardagh.


 IF I Win The Lottery...

Two Brewers Public Space, Sept 2009

This poster was printed following a third fire at the pub, rumoured to have been the work of a local known arsonist.  The comment is one frequently made by ex-clientele, especially on a Wednesday and Saturday. (Or Friday, if it's a Euro Rollover)

The Return Of Amoco Cadiz

These Here United States,
Master Piper Gallery, London 2009


Margaret Moran MP's Golden Goodbye.

Various sites around Luton, May 2009

Look It's Bob!

Two Brewers Public Space March 2009


Wherever I Lay My Tat That's My Home

Affordable Art Fair London 2009,
 Reception Exhibition

Art of Lost Words,

German Gymnasium, London, 2009

Ipsographic (meaning: self recording) series of monoprints on silversafe paper.

An exhibition of design, typography and illustration inspired by forgotten words. 47 participants chose from among the dictionary's lost but lovely words, with an open brief to create an original work inspired by their choice. Proceeds from sales towards the National Literacy Trust.

This Is A Disgrace...

Civil disobedience poster. Two Brewers Public Space, Luton. Nov 2008

This formed part of a very public exhibition on shell of the former Two Brewers public house in Luton.  Closed and sold to a property developer, who failed to gain planning permission for demolition and erection of flats, the building caught fire - twice! However the notice boards survived and still provide a forum for debate and self expression for local people - in the same way the pub did for many years!

"We ARE Happy",

Lovebox Festival 'Love Art' Show, July 2008 

25 artists were commissioned for the exhibition which took place at this London based festival.  Original works and 25 limited edition digital prints were on sale.

 D'Yall Say "Y'all" where you come from?  

A series of 16 posters featuring quotes collected while in the US highlighting our differences and similarities in culture through language.

"I have had an interest in American roots influenced music from the early 20th C. to the mid 1960's for a number of years now, along with letterpress printing and the development of early poster graphics. In September, 2004, I visited Nashville to carry out an internship at Hatch Showprint and took this opportunity to find out more about the origins of the music I love, which largely originated in Tennessee.

I visited many sites of significance during my trip, enjoying dialogue with many people. In order to understand the fibre of the place and to remind me of certain events on return to the UK, I recorded 'aural souvenirs' on cassette tape, including conversations I'd had, as well as background noise and speech.

I feel certain quotes convey much about the feel of the area and it's populace and my relationship as an outsider. I am attempting to communicate these quotes through print, presented in letterpress poster form. This dialogue, I feel draws a parallel with the bill poster, as messages can either be received directly, or indirectly as part of one's personal 'background noise'. "


Dependence Daze

Exhibited Mall Galleries, London 2005 and online


A project examining cultural co-dependency between the US and UK, produced jointly with MA students from Central St Martin's and Maryland Institute of Commercial Art.  Helen collaborated with Illustrator, Tom Eastland, and focused on London's famous 100 Club, (which has been rockin' Oxford Street since 1942!)  examining our intertwined musical heritage. A series of beermats was produced celebrating 'going out culture' over several decades, through period line blocks.  The complete project was exhibited online and at the Mall Galleries in 2005.

" The strap line used during the blitz on the 100 Club's posters was 'Forget the Doodlebug, Come and Jitterbug'.  Meaning literally you could dance the night away  in the safety of this cellar bar, while the rest of London was being bombed. This, I feel says much about the function of an evenings entertainment - escape the realities of life for a few hours.  During this period, many G.I.'s  frequented the club and introduced American style dancing and music, which was seen as exotic (or threatening!) by the Brits. This relationship and cross fertilisation continues! - I have attempted to convey this escapism and transformation in this work."

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