Helena Walsh



2009 - 2013

PhD, The Department of Drama, Queen Mary, University of London

2003 - 2004 Masters in Fine Art with Distinction, Chelsea College of Art, London
1997 - 2001 Bachelors in Fine Art Sculpture with Distinction, Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland

Curatorial Projects / Conference Organisation
2015 Co-curator of ‘Performing Pleasure’ with Livestock as part of the Dublin Live Art Festival Summer programme 2015. Programme included performances by Fergus Byrne, Luke Byrne, Tara Carroll Laura O’Conner,  Luke O’Meara and Helena Walsh

LABOUR, a touring exhibition of Live Art, featuring eleven leading female artists who are resident within, or native to, Northern and Southern Ireland. LABOUR was co-curated by Amanda Coogan, Chrissie Cadman and Helena Walsh and produced by Benjamin Sebastian of ]performance s p a c e[, London. This exhibition was accompanied by two public forums and a one-day symposium. It was supported by ]performance s p a c e[, London, The Lab, Dublin, Void Gallery, Derry /Londonderry, Queen Mary University of London, Graduate School of Creative Art and Media (GradCAM), Dublin University of Ulster, The Live Art Development Agency, London, Derry City Council and The Arts Council of Ireland.

2010 GOBSMACKED : Getting Speechless in Performance a one day conference co-organised with Johanna Lindsleyat Queen Mary University of London as part of the Arts and Humanities Council’s Beyond Text, Student–led initiatives.

Exhibitions / Performances:
2016 Scarred, Shifting and Sacred Sites: an evening of art, advocacy and performance, curated by Something Human for Autograph ABP: Rivington Place, London


Future Histories, Kilmainham Gaol curated by Niamh Murphy and Áine Phillips as part of the Arts Council of Ireland 2016 programme.http://www.artscouncil.ie/future-histories/

2015 Dublin Live Art Festival, Dublin
2014 Cross Cultural Live Art Project, The Proud Archivist, London
2014 Dublin Live Art Festival, Mart, Dublin
2014 Feminist Hysteria, Loud and Western Building, London
2014 Site Space at Winns Gallery, Walthamstow London
2014 Discharge v Untouchable, The Flying Dutchman, London, curated by Franko B and Martin O’Brien
2013 Daytime Drama, I’m With You, Rivington Place, London
2013 Terminal, London– a 54-hour durational event curated by Something Human and Push.
2013 Islington Exhibits, Ironmonger Row Baths, London.
2013 Borderline Festival, Norwich.
2013 Solo performance at the Athenuem Theatre, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France.
2012 I’m with you, at the Wide Open School, Hayward Gallery, London.
2012 LABOUR, a live touring showcase London, Derry / Londonderry and Dublin.
2011 The Fringe Out West, Strokestown House, Roscommon, Ireland.
2011 I’m with you, Vogue Fabrics, London.
2010 Right Here, Right Now, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, Ireland.
2010 Transversal - Block T - Dublin.
2010 Response, Landsguard Fort, Felixstowe, UK.
2010 ‘I’m With You’ – Powerscroft Rd, London.
2010 ‘I’m With You’ at MKII Gallery, London.
2009 ‘I’m With You’ – Powerscroft Rd, London.
2007 Intimacy Across Digital and Visceral Performance, George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths University London.
2007 Art Radionica Lazareti, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
2007 ZAZ Festival, Israel - Performance Art Platform PAP, Tel Aviv / Jerusalem / Mitzpe Ramon
2007 Rub Me Up The Wrong Way, Contemporary Arts, Norwich.
2007 Act Art, London
2007 Map Live, Carlisle.
2007 The National Review of Live Art, The Tramway Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland.
2006 Within and Without, Tulca Season of Visual Art, Galway, Ireland.
2006 The Wormhole Saloon IV, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2006 Performing Rights Library, Performance Studies International, Queen Mary University, London.
2005 Tulca, Galway, Ireland.
2005 Bodily Functions, The Granary Theatre, Cork, Ireland.
2005 Triode, Reception Art Space, London.
2004 Unexpected, The Shoreditch Festival, London.
2004 Artivisits Festival, Peckham, London.
2004 Besame Mucho, Hoxton Hall, London.
2002 The East End Collaborations, London.
2002 The National Review of Live Art, The Arches,Glasgow, Scotland.
2002 Eject, Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick, Ireland.
2001 New Territories, The Bell Table, Limerick, Ireland.
2001 [De]Construct, The Real Art Space, Limerick, Ireland.

2014 - present Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London
2015 Contextual Studies Tutor on Art Foundation Morley College, London
2012 and 2011

Teaching Associate, Making Theatre Work, The Department of Drama, Queen Mary University of London.

2010 and 2009 Visiting Artist / Lecturer on the Research and Methodologies Seminar,’ Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.
2003 and 2002 Visiting Artist / Lecturer to the ‘Aesthetics in Performance Module,’ Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland.

Book Chapters
Forth-coming 2017 Co-authored with members of the Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A., ‘A Radical Feminist Diaspora: Speaking of IMELDA, Reproductive Justice and Ireland’ in The Routledge Handbook of Radical Politics edited by Ruth Kinna and Uri Gordon.
2015 Helena Walsh ‘Developing Dialogues: Live art and Femininity in Post-Conflict Ireland’ in Performance Art in Ireland: A History, edited by Dr. Áine Phillips. Published by Intellect and the Live Art Development Agency.
Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals
2015 Co-authored with Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A., ‘Dirty Work Still to be Done: Retrieving and Activating Feminist Acts of Resistance,’ online article to coincide with Contemporary Theatre Review: Special Issue on Gesture, Theatricality, and Protest 25(3) (2015). http://www.contemporarytheatrereview.org/2015/margaretta-darcy/


Helena Walsh ‘Performing Processes: Live Art and Irish Culture,’ Contemporary Theatre Review: Special Issue on the Northern Irish Peace Process 23:3 (2013), 334 -344


Johanna Linsley and Helena Walsh ‘Gobsmacked: Getting Speechless in Performance,’ Contemporary Theatre Review: Special Issue on Live Art in the UK, 22:1 (2012), 161-166.

Catalogue Essay


Helena Walsh LABOUR: Producing Potentials for Empowerment, essay in LABOUR Exhibition Catalogue. Dublin: The Lab / Dublin City Council



Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. Direct Action Feminist Performance Group, (2016) Online interview produced as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970.

2016 Contribution to Performing Borders: A Study Room Guide on physical and conceptual borders within Live Art  (2016) compiled and written by Alessandra Cianetti for the Study Room of the Live Art Development Agency London
2016  Contribution to Live Art and Motherhood: A Study Room Guide on Live Art and the Maternal (2016) compiled and written by Emily Underwood-Lee and Lena Simic for the Study Room of the Live Art Development Agency London
2016 Benjamin Sebastian and Helena Walsh ‘Producing Potentials for Empowerment’ in The Live Art Almanac Volume 4, (2016) edited by Harriet Curtis, Lois Keidan and Aaron Wright published by The Live Art Development Agency.
2015 Contribution of artist’s map to Are We There Yet? – A Study Room Guide on Live Art and Feminism published by Live Art Development Agency London, curated by Lois Weaver in collaboration with Eleanor Roberts

Contribution of artist’s map to Live Art and Feminism in the UK, Google Cultural Institute, December 2015.  A partnership with the Google Cultural Institute to create an online exhibition on Live Art and Feminism in the UK. This exhibition,curated by Live Art Development Agency (London) in collaboration with Eleanor Roberts (Queen Mary, University of London), offers a snapshot of some of the key figures and issues of Live Art and Feminism in the UK since 1970. https://goo.gl/zUlE8e

2011 Ann Maria Healy and Helena Walsh, Brutal Silences: Live Art and Irish Culture, a study room guide commissioned by Live Art Development Agency, London. http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/resources/Study_Room/guides/healy_walsh.html

Invited Presentations, Papers Presented:

Invited Speaker: Seeing Red: Menstrual Politics and Protest as part of the Gender, Sexuality and Violence Seminar, Courtauld Institute of Art


Invited Speaker: Motherhood and Live Art gathering at the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home, Liverpool
2015 Invited Speaker: Feminism and the Body: Current Practices, Mart, Dublin
2015 Invited Speaker: Performance Art Faction, ]performance space[, London
2013 Conference Paper, Performing Documents, Arnolfini, Bristol.
2013 Invited Speaker: Conference on Irish Self-Portraiture, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon – Department of Science and Humanities.
2012 Invited Speaker: The Pleasure of the Look: Gazing and Surveillance, Symposium, Royal College of Art, London.
2012 Conference paper ‘Labour: Producing Potentials for Empowerment’ JAM: Journeys Through Media, Department of Film, Theatre and Television University of Reading Presentation on the ‘Expansion, Endurance and Durational Performance Panel.
2012 Conference paper ‘Performing Processes: Live Art and Irish Culture’ at Symposium on Performance from the Visual Arts, The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin.
2010 Presentation on Practice at the Centre For Creative Practices, Dublin.
2010 Invited Speaker: Symposium on performance art practices, Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (Gradcam), Dublin.
2010 Conference Paper: ‘Hunger Turned in Rows’ at Double Dialogues Conference, The Hunger Artist: The Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto.