Artist Statement

My work are an expression of stories I finds in words, music and above all nature, the environment that is always changing, seasons, the time of day, drastic skies, wind that blows, stormy seas.

All seasons have their own variation to give. The shifting between them and seeing nature change in front of us can be, and most of the time is, a very beautiful occurrence.

“I create these pieces trying to form a story of calm, protection, hope and dreams”

For me, being Swedish, I love all the seasons, the snow on the branches changing to water drops in springtime, the first plants unfurling by the roads when spring becomes summer, the crisp and colorful leaves in autumn, the first frosts that stays the hole day in early winter.



photo of the artist Helen Tate laying in the grass

This is me – Helen Tate.

Laying in the green grass on a meadow in Sweden. In our nature where I find most of my inspiration. I always seek the outdoors, alone, with my two children or my two dogs.  Where I live, in a small village in the mount of Maresme in Catalunya, I adore the layers of the hills, the beach where I search for sea-porcelain and…

“…into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul”



2020 Group show in Japan, Urushi exhibition, selected from jury

2017 Group show in Zine Format at Inland ‘Neither’ in different places around Europe

2017 Group show in Japan, Urushi exhibition, selected from jury

2017 Group show at Sayle ‘4 years on’

2017 Group show at Hodgeson & Looms, Time

2017 Group show at Galleri Nexus, Denmark ‘Far out’

2016 Solo exhibition at Toras Bodar, Att vaga lamna fotspar, Enkoping, Sweden

2016 Huge scale Christmas window display at Sayle Gallery

2016 Group show Isle of Man Art Festival at Market Hall

2016 Group show at Hodgeson & Looms, Inspiration

2016 Group show ‘Art in the Park’ at Sayle Gallery

2015 Group show at Manx Museum, Articulate

2011-2015 End of year school shows



2017 ‘Wearable arts’ with Kirsten Penzes

2017 ‘The fate of the red string’ with Kirsten Penzes

2016 Window display at Sayle Gallery with Kirsten Penzes

2015 Catalogue experience together with IOM Art Council



2017 Assisting curator ‘4 years on’ at Sayle Gallery

2016 Assisting curator ‘Of Time and Place’ Peter Davies at Sayle Gallery

2016 Assisting curator ‘A Man Apart’ Simon Buttimore at Sayle Gallery

2014‘Our island home’, selected pieces from IOM’s Art Council’s Collection, Villa Marina

2012-2016 Sole responsibility of our own space end of year shows at IOM University



2016 Radio interview Manx Radio, Woman’s Hour

2016 Enkopings posten interviewed by journalist Gunilla Edstrom

2016 Article in Manx Tails, Essentia, written by Jo Davis

2016 Article in Gallery Magazine, Essentia, written by Suzy Holland

2015 Article in Manx Tails, The potential of nature, my own words



2015-2016 BA Honours in Fine Arts, Isle of Man University College via Chester UNI (1st)

2013-2015 HND, Isle of Man University College (Distinction)

2011-2013 Foundation course, Isle of Man University College (Distinction)



2015 Awarded acknowledgement diploma from IOM college higher degree

2015 Granted funding for a group exhibition at Manx Museum from IOM Art Council

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