partysurprise8th March-22nd March 2013

An exhibition of recent drawings, video, and sound works exploring Helen’s experience’s of pregnancy, birth and mothering.

The exhibition will open on International Women’s Day.  To celebrate this occasion, there will be a performance of Dust Bread, where Helen bakes bread from the dust in her vacuum cleaner.

Poet, Kaye Heyes, will also read from her current body of work that explores her intimate experiences of mothering.

Exhibition open every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 9.30am-4pm 
To view the exhibition at other times, contact Karen Lyons: 07971 482173

Ebor Studio
William Street, OL15 8JP

Exhibition text for “The milk and the blood”




Audience Comments:

Joe Gregory (Forest School Practitioner, Permaculture Expert, Creative):

The art was amazing, really moved me, felt like being allowed into something very private, very special, very personal. Thanks Helen, loved the delicateness of the drawings and how at one point they became little entities of their own…….wish I could have seen your dust bread and Kaye Heyes poetry!

Christina Mac Rae

Go and see before show finishes:the drawings are very special – the tiny delicate and controlled black lines and the spillage of ink that can’t be contained. I really enjoyed …. as well as sharing the show with Joe Gregory  of course, because it meant we ended up reflecting on being a parent, and having a coffee and cake. What could better !

John Clarke (Playwrite):

Thank you, we really enjoyed it. what an honest and powerful show. I really liked the milk and stone video, never got to tell you. felt like it needed a huge screen to really appreciate the scale…

Greg Lock (Artist, Academic):

Helen, this bread project of yours is nasty. Which is a good thing.

Tracey Kershaw (Artist):

fantastic exhibition, wonderfully moving poetry, interesting conversation and mesmerising kneading!!

Shelley Burgoyne (Artist):

I enjoyed the whole package !! Your performance bringing it all together! There isn’t enough of this sort of thing around!! I feel it really brings out the ‘edges’ of all you are saying. I love your drawings that are so delicate and punchy, at the same time. Next time you go scrubbing rocks can I came? !… Kaye’s reading was beautiful and crafted . Thanks Both !

Francesca Keayes (English Literature Teacher, Poet)

I will never look at breadmaking in the same way.

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