The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture Shortlist: Helen Marten

Helen Marten

The inaugural Hepworth prize for Sculpture has been awarded to Helen Marten.



Who? At 30, the Macclesfield born artist is the youngest of all the sculptors on the shortlist, but Marten already has an impressive CV, which has seen her work exhibited in New York, Paris and Italy. Helen is also nominated for this year’s Turner Prize.

Trained at: Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (2005-2008); Central Saint Martins (2004).

The work: Like all four artists vying for the inaugural Hepworth Prize, Marten’s work is impossible to pigeonhole. In between exhibitions she has what she calls ‘hibernation periods’ where she goes through hundreds of notebooks of scribbles and writing in search of inspiration. To date, her creative output includes sculptures that mix original and found objects, videos, text, and screen-printed paintings in a super-flat cartoon style.

In her own words: “In a world collapsing under the pressure of a billions of personal interfaces, it is exciting to celebrate our relationship to physical touch.”

What others say: “Marten makes you want to look very closely at the things she makes and the traces she leaves. Her way of thinking is dangerously infectious.” - Adrian Searle, The Guardian

Text: Sarah Freeman, Yorkshire Post