Helen Robbins





Co Carlow

tel 0868370262





1968-71      Dartington College of Arts, Devon                                  Diploma in Fine Art.            

1971-72      Exeter University, Devon                                                Certificate in Education.                                                                               

1977-79      Faculty of Fine Art, University of Brighton                      Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking

1983-85      Goldsmiths’ College, London                                          Postgraduate Diploma in Art Therapy



Work experience since moving to Ireland  


Project Director
2000 –     2012        Art Alongside Project 

Organisation, planning and facilitation of visual art projects throughout County Wexford, funded by Wexford County Council

        and the Arts Council in partnership with the Irish Museum of Modern Artand the Wexford Arts Centre.

Maintenance of my own practice and the completion and exhibition of a piece of work each year relevant to the theme. 
Selection and organisation of the work from participating schools for the annual exhibition at the Wexford Arts Centre.
Organisation of exhibitions in each participating school.

Continuing development of the project



1997 – 2000              TARGET(Tallaght Probation Service Project for Young Offenders)

                                  Fresh Start, N.T.D.I., Naas, Co Kildare

                                  V.E.C., Carlow

                                  TúsNua Resource Centre, Kildare



 Full Time Employment in Voluntary and Statutory Sectors, U.K.


Art Teaching and Art Therapy with people with mental health difficulties and addiction 


1985 -96                    Alcohol Recovery Project, Kennington Park Rd, London, SE11  

                                   Rugby House Crisis Centre, London WC1

                                   North Lambeth Day Centre, 5 Trinity St, London SE1

                                   St John’s Centre for Mental Health, Greenwich Social Services                                                     


Teaching (Lecturer / Tutor in Printmaking)


1978- 85                     Brighton Polytechnic, Faculty of Fine Art

                                   Canterbury College of Art

                                   Morley College of Adult Education, London    


Solo / Two Person Exhibitions during the last 25 years


2019                          Courthouse Arts Centre                        Co Wicklow

2017                          Watergarden Gallery,                            Thomastown,Kilkenny

2016                          Festival of Writing and Ideas                 Borris House, Carlow 

2011                          Garter Lane Arts Centre                        Waterford  

2007                          Wexford Arts Centre                              Wexford

2001                          Wexford Teachers’ Centre                     Co. Wexford 

2000                          Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre          Co. Wicklow

                                  Mullingar Arts Centre                             Co. Westmeath

1999                          Wexford Arts Centre                              Wexford

                                               (Opera Festival)

                                  The Ice House                                        London

1998                          St Martin’s Gallery Trafalgar Sq.            London

                                  Drill Hall Arts Centre                               London

1997                          The Ice House                                        London

1996                          Horniman Museum                                 London



Other Visual Art Work


2019    Cill Rialaig  residency awarded

Carlow County Council Arts Act Grant awarded

Cairde Visual Open Submission Exhibition


2017    ‘Bare Root’ exhibition, Wexford County Buildings

Cairde Visual Open Submission Exhibition

Cill Rialaig  residency awarded


2016    Artlinks Bursary Award  County Carlow

‘Behind the Margin’  -group show -Presentation Centre, supported by Wexford Arts Centre


2015    Cill Rialaig  residency awarded

Carlow County Council Arts Act Grant awarded

Blackstack Studio Kilkenny – accepted asfullmember


2014    ‘MATERIALISATION: Mapping the Making’

I was one of five textile/fibre artists invited to participate in this collaborative project. 

The exhibition was held in the Link Gallery, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, as part of the 2014 Carlow Arts Festival. 


2013      Open Submission Exhibition, Carlow Arts Festival

A piece of my work was selected. The piece was selected for long term exhibition in the Carlow Arts Festival Gallery.


2007      Wexford County Council Commissionthrough the Percent for Art Scheme.

‘The Smallest, the Oldest and the Most Beautiful’, was the title of the commission which I undertook in partnership with an active

retirement group in County Wexford.


2000- 2012 

Annual ‘Art Alongside’ Exhibition showing project work selected from participating schools and groups alongside works of

professional artists, including my co-director and myself. 


I have exhibited in many group exhibitions in Ireland, including, the annual Art Alongside exhibition,the Artists’ Books exhibition  

(Wexford Arts Centre) and the regular Blackstack Studio Kilkenny exhibitions.