Helen Cammock was born in 1970 in Staffordshire. She lives and works in Brighton and London. Cammock explores social histories through film, photography, print, text, song and performance. She is motivated by her commitment to questioning mainstream historical narratives around blackness, womanhood, wealth, power, poverty and vulnerability. Mining her own biography in addition to the histories of oppression and resistance, multiple and layered narratives, reveals the cyclical nature of histories.


Cammock was the joint recipient of The Turner Prize 2019 and the 7th Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Recent exhibitions include Behind the eye is the promise of rain, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (2022); Concrete Feathers and Porcelain Tacks, Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale UK (2021) and The Photographers Gallery, London, UK (2021); Beneath the Surface of Skin, STUK Art Centre, Leuven, Belgium (2021); They Call it Idlewild, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2020); Che Si Può Fare (What Can be Done), Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2020) and Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2019); The Long Note, VOID, Derry, Northern Ireland and The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2019); The Sound of Words, Reading Museum, Reading, UK; Shouting in Whispers, Cubitt, London, UK (2017). Her work has been included in the group exhibitions Radio Ballads, Serpentine Galleries, London, UK (2022), British Art Show 9, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland (2021) Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK (2022); Unvergessliche Zeit, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria (2020); Mourning, On Loss and Change, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany (2020); Get Up Stand Up, Somerset House, London, UK (2019); Carte De Visite, Hollybush Gardens, London, UK (2015 and 2014) and Firstsite, Colchester, UK. She has staged performances at Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2020); The Showroom, London, UK (2019); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2017); Cubitt, London; VOID, Derry, Northern Ireland and the ICA, London, UK (2017).