Turner Prize 2019 shortlist artist Helen Cammock
Helen Cammock was terrible at drawing but she is now in the shortlist of Turner Prize. At first she was a social worker. Later she became a Turner prize nominee.
In the Last October 2019 , in a balmy Roman autumn, the Turner Prize artist Helen Cammock was making prints at the Istituto Centrale della Grafica. The art building sits at the back of and also forms the stage-set for, that is known as the Trevi fountain. It was from its windows you can look down to the crowds of tourists that has been staring up at Oceanus and his tritons.
Cammock was hand-making an art book in the studios downstairs. It was elsewhere in the building that is one of the world’s outstanding collections relating with art of Tate Gallery to fine art printing, including Piranesi’s own metal plates and it was with their glorious, finely etched lines.
How Helen Cammock became Turner Prize artist
For Cammock, that we know is much of 2018 passed on a kind of Italian grand tour. She also visited Florence, Rome, Palermo, Bologna, Venice and Reggio Emilia. Those visits were remarkable time of freedom and adventure in her life.
She said “I have never had space to just focus on making work, ever,”. She had lots of jobs and as she said “I’ve always had loads of jobs – and most artists do.” During this time the reason for this unexpected period was that she won a renowned art award. It was recognized by women artists based in the UK. The art prize is a tailor-made six-month residency in Italy and she could pain there.
This art show was followed by exhibitions that took place at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and the Collezione Maramotti, this museum in Reggio Emilia was established by Max Mara’s founder, Achille Maramotti. Later in her London studio this spring she is selected in the shortlist for Turner Prize. The Turner Prize exhibition opens in September 2019 at Turner Contemporary in Margate, it is ahead of the winner’s announcement in December 2019.
The hard struggle of Helen Cammock
Her works represent a remarkably swift ascension and it became through the art world. She is a latecomer who entered art school at 35. What she did before is, she spent a decade in social work and her office was in Brighton. She was utterly committed to her work and it was rewarding. She got it at least for the first eight years or so of her work. But later in the late 1990s, her services were being cut, and unluckily she became disillusioned.
Turner Prize shortlisted artist Helen said “A couple of times I was putting young people in situations I wasn’t comfortable with,” and later she added “I was asked to take a 13-year-old, who had been thrown out by her mother and had no other family, and leave her on her own outside a police station rather than take her inside – because if I left her outside, the police would have to pay for a place to sleep and if I took her in, social services would have to pay. I was in the car with her, and she was crying and saying, ‘Helen, don’t leave me.’”
As a result Helen as Turner Prize artist Helen refused to leave the girl. She also had to confront her boss’s boss’s boss. This time was a turning point in her life. “I thought, ‘This is it.’ But she was thinking that she did evening classes in photography so she could use it. And at the university in Brighton the university authority used to do this thing and called it as Saturday art school. It was a completely different level of teaching for her to work with camera. She liked it a lot and later left her previous job and developed her career and completed her BA.