I have learnt to push my research areas in terms of theory but also on a practical level in lots of different directions.
The project has been an invaluable experience and has made me interrogate my practice and how I go about and consider research.
The workshops and feedback were rigorous, with lots of questioning and ways of pushing ideas, activities, and questions further.
Helena Hunter delivers lectures, artist talks, workshops, teaching, mentoring and professional development schemes for individuals, groups and institutions. Helena has worked as an educator and facilitator at Queen Mary University London, Goldsmiths University of London, University of Leeds, Trinity Laban and Central School of Speech and Drama. She received a DIY project bursary from the Live Art Development Agency to support her professional development scheme for emerging artists. Helena is currently Artist Associate at University of Chichester / ShowRoom.
Queen Mary, University of London: BA Drama / MA Theatre and Performance
Helena has taught, led workshops and mentored in the Drama Department at Queen Mary University of London. She taught the Independent Practical Project, a 3rd Year BA Module, with Oreet Ashery and Dominic Johnson and regularly mentors MA final year projects. Helena was Artist in Residence as part of Outside Air where she developed her work dis-locate and gave artist talks, led workshops, and worked with students and staff throughout the department. She also collaborated with the Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences and gave an artist talk as part of Quorum Research Seminars.
Goldsmiths University of London: BA Theatre and Performance
Helena taught the Live Art / Performance Art module to 3rd year students on the BA Theatre and Performance course at Goldsmiths University from 2011-2012. This involved teaching theory and practice to a large group of undergraduate students, in addition to assessing and marking their work. The course culminated in five group performances at locations across the Goldsmiths campus.
Trinity Laban: MA Dance Theatre: The Body in Performance
Helena led Creative Strategies module at Trinity Laban on the MA Dance Theatre: The Body in Performance course from 2009-2012. The module explored the means whereby individual creative practice could be identified, articulated, refined and developed. It investigated methods for contextualising practice in terms of histories of performance, theories of the body and contemporary practices. The studio-based investigation comprised of a series of workshops, discussions, and activities exploring methods and strategies for approaching performance research.
Live Art Development Agency: DIY6 Practice-based Research for Emerging Artists
Helena led a professional development programme for emerging artists for DIY 6. The programme was packed with an abundance of practical workshops, talks, and activities to energise and invigorate artistic practice, generate new work, and demystify practice-based research for students, graduates and emerging artists. This project was supported by The Live Art Development Agency in collaboration with Artsadmin, New Work Network, The Basement, Colchester Arts Centre, Nuffield Theatre & LANWest, and PLATFORM.
I feel I have refined my entire practice and honed it down into being far more workable, productive and efficient. My understanding of the areas I am influenced by is now clearer and I am able to articulate my concerns that will help me when applying for courses, funding or when submitting proposals.
Poppy Jackson, DIY 6, Participant
Recent artist talks include:
A one-day conference as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Beyond Text programme, organised by QMUL PhD candidates Johanna Linsley and Helena Walsh. GOBSMACKED contributors included Aine Phillips, Silke Mansholt, Chris Goode, Mat Fraser, Lena Simic and Brian Lobel.
Fresh Tips was a day of information and advice from experienced artists and promoters on subjects such as practice-based research, critical writing, documentation, collaboration and ethical practices. FRESH TIPS contributors include Ron Athey, Oreet Ashery, John Jordan, Stacy Makishi, Manuel Vason, and Lois Weaver. Fresh Tips is an initiative from Queen Mary, University of London, produced in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency that offers recent Live Art graduates and emergent artists support, advice and professional development.
Making Sound Work
Two days of talks, clips, sounds and presentations by artists, musicians and composers working in film, media, performance and digital music. This event was organised by City University London Department of Music in collaboration with Sound and Music and Screened Music Network Making Sound Work contributors include Chris Watson, musician and BBC sound recordist, panel presentations on Making Sound Work with Scanner, Brains and Hunch, Patrick Furness, and multimedia production company The Light Surgeons.
Quorum Research Seminar
Helena Hunter gave an artist talk at Queen Mary University of London as part of Quorum- Research Seminars in the Study of Theatre and Performance. The autumn series explored issues in practice-as-research in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary, bringing together a variety of perspectives and highlighting the potential for, and the challenges of, working in this rich and vital area. Helena discussed her artist residency at Queen Mary University of London, and the process of making her work dis-locate.