As an artist, Helen has has been commissioned, produced, presented and supported through commissions, grants and residencies by organizations in Canada, USA, France, Argentina, UK and Australia. She has received nominations for the Ontario Premier’s Arts Award for her significant contributions to the cultural sector, and for the Toronto Dora awards in the general theatre section (Outstanding Production, Scenic Design, Lighting Design). Helen makes Marginalia – a reflective practice of commentary, connection, creativity and criticality – designing responsive interactions, installations (environments) and interventions rooted in the margins of situations. She blogs about art-making at marginalia.ca.
Helen has a wide range of consulting clients. She has written thought pieces for Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), Toronto Arts Foundation, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), Canadian Public Arts Funders, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), The Dance Current, and Ricepaper Magazine.
She was previously Board President for hub14, a 100% self-sustaining artist-run space for art and performance. Helen has played an active role in many working groups, consultations, multi-stakeholder committees and lab/incubator initiatives convened by organizers such as City of Toronto, Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada, Artscape, Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council around arts and culture, research, knowledge mobilization, city, civic engagement, advocacy, and community organizing. As an advisory committee member, she helped the Ontario Nonprofit Network develop a sector-wide Evaluation Strategy. She is currently working with multi-sectoral partners in arts and culture, social innovation, and social services to creatively re-imagine the settlement process for newcomers to Canada.
Past speaking engagements include conferences convened by Ministry of Immigration/Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport/Ismaili Council, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities, American Comparative Literature Association, Ontario Museums Association, Magnetic North Theatre Festival and University of Toronto.