Helen works with other artists for national and international collaborative work.
Helen initiates artist-led projects and curated exhibitions via Lincoln Artists' Network, which she set up as a group for Lincoln - based graduates to continue a professional practice in the city.
Lincoln Artists' Network is currently on a hiatus.
In 2016, Helen undertook a research trip to Nordland, Norway, funded by the Norwegian Embassy, to meet with Norwegian artists for Peace Painting workshops with some refugees from Afghanistan.
The trip is the start of Peace Painting here in Lincoln, UK, with workshops in schools.
Helen has worked with Magne Furuholmen
since 2007, when she created a doll for his "Scrabble" exhibition at
Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway.
Magne Furuholmen's "Scrabble" exhibition, 2007
Manga Magne is one of two dolls made for Magne Furuholmen's 2007 exhibition at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway.
"Manga Magne" 2007
fabric, thread, wire, cotton wadding, wool, sequins.
The Cupboard Project was a
collaborative project, joint curated by a group of artists from
the University of Lincoln.
The project offers a mini exhibition space within a cupboard as a platform for artists to exhibit small scale work.
The Cabinet of Curiosities was the initial exhibition to launch The Cupboard Project, a group exhibition between Helen Dearnley, Gail Young, Anna Mather, Louise Mc Kendrick and Sam Lyons. March 2008.
The Cupboard Project then became available for other artists to exhibit their work in, and continued for Lincoln Summer Gala, 2009.
As part of The Cabinet Of Curiosities
Helen showed retrospective work "Perfectus Pupae et Hominis Cicatricosus".