Helen Cammock was born in 1970 in Staffordshire. Film, photography, print, text, song and performance examine mainstream historical and contemporary narratives about Blackness, womanhood, oppression and resistance, wealth and power, poverty and vulnerability, throughout her practice. Her works often cut across time and geography, layering multiple voices as she investigates the cyclical nature of histories in her visual and aural assemblages.


In 2017, Cammock won the Max Mara Art Prize for Women and in 2019 she was a joint recipient of The Turner Prize. In 2023, Cammock received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists. She has exhibited and performed worldwide with recent solo shows including Helen Cammock: I Will Keep My Soul, Art + Practice, Los Angeles and Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought, New Orleans (2023); Bass Notes and SiteLines, Amant, Brooklyn, USA (2023); They Call it Idlewild, Oakville Galleries, Ontario, Canada (2023); behind the eye is the promise of rain, Kestner Gesellshaft, Hannover, Germany (2022); Concrete Feathers and Porcelain Tacks, The Photographer’s Gallery, London (2021); Beneath the Surface of Skin, STUK Art Centre, Leuven, Belgium (2021); Che Si Può Fare (What Can be Done), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019); Che Si Può Fare, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2019); The Long Note, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2019) and VOID, Derry, Northern Ireland (2018). Group shows include Breathing, Hamburger Kunstalle, Hamburg, Germany (2022); Radio Ballads, Serpentine Galleries, London (2022) and Sixty Years: The Unfinished Conversation, Tate Britain, London (2021).