About Helen Layfield

Helen was born and grew up in Kenya.

Africa, its poetry, folk law, art, textiles, colours, cultures, philosophy and people have influenced her own creative process from a very young age. 

After Completing a BA in Illustrative Arts, in London Helen moved to Derbyshire.

Initially specialising in relief printmaking on both paper and fabric she soon developed a style that was eclectic and covered a wide range of materials.

After training to teach Further and adult education in 1994 Helen began working as a community artist. She has a wide and varied experience of teaching and facilitating arts in educational and community settings.

This included continuing education with The WEA, Nottingham University, Sheffield University and Adult Education Centres in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and latterly Somerset and Dorset. 

Helen worked extensively on art projects within the Youth Centre Service, young peoples holiday clubs and Children’s Art workshops in both UK and Spain.

She has run art holidays in England, France and Spain.

Helen has taught courses and workshops in Art Galleries,  during Art festivals and art weeks. Including Brixton Festival, International pavement Art Festival, Beaminster Festival and Somerset and Dorset Art weeks.

Mixed and combined exhibitions

As an advocate of collaboration I have always participated in mixed and joint exhibitions. Rather than exclusivity my aim has been to facilitate high standards of exhibiting with other artists.


2017 – Open Studios, Somerset.

2016 – Open studios, Alicante, Spain                  

2015 – Plymouth College of Art, MA Show

2013 – Cyprus College of Art, Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma shows

2010 – Global Present Gallery, BarcelonaSpain

2012 –  Virgen Del Carmen Cultural Center, Torrevieja Spain,

2010/11 – Casa de La Predera, Spain, Costa Blanca Artists

2009 –  Fusion Gallery, Altea Spain

2007/8 –  Cuervas de Rojales, Spain

2005/2013/14 –  Dorset Art Weeks,

2003/4/5 – Somerset Art Weeks,

2002 –  Art Solo. Big Print Gallery, Somerset,

2001 – Motril Cultural Centre, Spain, International artists open

2000-  The Gallery El Gecko, Spain, Printmakers Open

1999 –  Ronald Emmett Gallery, Dorset,  

1994 – Quantum Gallery, London,

1993- Hampstead Gallery, London,

1992-  St Thomas Hospital, Art in Hospitals, London

1992 – Brixton gallery, London 

1991 – City and guilds of London, Degree Show, London

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Thomas Merton.


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