Portability, process and presentation are key aspects of my practice. I am interested in the temporary, transitional nature of exhibition practice and how the contextual and the physical aspects of a location can alter the making and experience of a work.

Each architectural space is a frame for a new configuration of parts where colour, surface, light, weight, form and space create a sensory experience that changes with the viewer’s proximity and movement.

An exhibited grouping marks a kind of endpoint, however when these parts are de-installed and make their way back to the studio they become part of a pool of materials for new works. Each painting has a life span that equates to its existence in a particular space with those particular conditions.

Recent Solo Exhibitions / Projects

2014
Qualia 760-620, Enjoy Public Gallery, Wellington

2013
Gertrude Contemporary Residency, Melbourne

2012
Orange Up, Stereoscope, Christchurch Art Gallery (Outer Spaces Programme)

2011
In front, behind, side-by-side, Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland

2010
Polychrome, Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland

2009
Yellow, orange, red, black, City Art Rooms, Auckland

2008
fl.oz. 64zero3, Christchurch

2006
Up, 64zero3, Christchurch

Group Exhibitions

2015
Sydney Contemporary, Carriage Works, Sydney, Australia, September 2015, Bartley and Company

Solid Colour: Part 1, Galia Amsel, Stephen Bambury, Helen Calder, Marie Le Lievre, Shannon Novak, Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland

2014
unpainted, Helen Calder, James Bellaney, Kim Pieters, Fu On Chung, curated by Briar Holt, The Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin
burster, flipper, wobbler, dripper, spinner, stacker, shaker, maker, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu at ArtBox, Christchurch

2012
Nice to meet you, Helen Calder and Miranda Parkes, Dog Park, Christchurch

2011
Poste Concrét, Paris Concrét, France
Matter matters, Paris Concrét, France

2010
The Waikato National Contemporary Art Awards, Waikato Museum, Hamilton
Four painters — traveling in the world, Helen Calder, Marie Le Lievre, Eileen Leung
& Ruth Thomas-Edmond, Bartley and Company, Wellington

2010 – 11
Blue Planet, curated by Ken Hall, Christchurch Art Gallery

2009
The Waikato National Contemporary Art Awards, Waikato Museum, Hamilton
The Wallace Art Awards, Auckland
As If We Never Met, (Helen Calder, Julian Dashper & Lee Szu Hui), curated by Andre Hemer, Christchurch
Black Candy, City Art Rooms, Auckland

2008
The Bridge Art Fair, Berlin
Not Yet Dry, with Volker Saul, City Art Rooms, Auckland
Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum of Art and History
My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble, curated by Tilman, CCNOA Brussells, at The Physics Room, Christchurch
Unlimited, City Art Rooms, Auckland

2007
Art School 125, 125 years of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch Art Gallery

2006
16@64zero3, 64zero3, Christchurch
Black, White and Shades of Gray, 64zero3, Christchurch

2005
Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum of Art and History
Anthony Harper Art Award, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch

2004
Anthony Harper Award, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
Mr and Mrs Pinks' Fabulous Collection, curated by Hamish Winn and Kate Montgomery, The Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin and High Street Project Gallery, Christchurch

Education

2003 Master of Fine Arts (Distinction), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honors) University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand