Drawn To Places In Folkestone Window Exhibition, Now Until 2nd December 2020

November 6th, 2020


Drawn To Places In Folkestone by Helen Lee At Creative Folkestone Quarterhouse, until 2nd December 2020, All Day  Drawn To Places In Folkestone is my month residency, exhibiting paintings and drawings in the windows of Folkestone Quarterhouse. Paying particular attention to sites of development and change, the exhibition is a unique perspective of Folkestone.

The Fishing Fleet at St Peter’s

July 1st, 2019


St. Peter’s in Folkestone was built for the Fisherfolk and Port of Folkestone in 1862. Strange Cargo invited me (and 19 other artists) to illustrate a short account taken from their research into archives, stories and historic events connected to the fishing industry in the town. The story that accompanied my brief (Amelia Rose, FE77, Fishing Boat Disaster, Run Down… Read more


September 5th, 2017


My Studio in the Creative Quarter, Folkestone

June 6th, 2016


Thanks to The Creative Quarter, established by The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, for my temporary studio space a stones throw away from the sea, with an outlook to France and the flying porpoises!  There are hundreds of creative people here producing art and music everywhere, it’s so exciting. Here are a few snaps of my current little studio space:    

Bologna Children’s Book Fair in its 53rd year & the San Petronio Basilica

April 28th, 2016


Between 4-8 April 2016, I  visited Bologna specifically to attend the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in its 53rd year.  I have always wanted to go, since attending the much acclaimed Children’s Book Illustration Summer School two years ago, at Anglia Ruskin, the Cambridge School of Art, who have their own stand there each year to showcase work by their students.  The book… Read more

Superslam Wrestling life drawing

March 24th, 2016


I find drawing motion a great way to explore and loosen up as a painter.  I was lucky to have a brilliant tutor at art college called Alan Alexander who loved setting elaborate scenes with a touch of subversive humour, creating the most exiting atmosphere for drawing.  Life drawing classes included day-long poses with a model on a bean bag, or several models walking… Read more

Drawing Crete

November 18th, 2015


Being fanatical about drawing, I always have paper in my bag to record whatever I see – these form my filing cabinet of ideas! I’ve got into the habit of note taking alongside my drawings, having worked for a time as a scribe, and they are quite useful to jog my memory afterwards. I filled the rest of my sketchbook,… Read more

Retrospective: Window Displays

September 18th, 2015


I’ve worked on all sorts of projects as a painter – it was great to get the chance to design the window displays for the Wivenhoe Bookshop between 2004 and 2014. We won the Best Independent Window Display 2008 and the Wellcome Trust Curious Window 2014 runner up prize. I was always so thrilled to learn how much people enjoyed… Read more

Pole-dancing life drawing at The White Horse, Shoreditch

June 30th, 2015


There are some fab life drawing sessions around at the moment – one of my favourites is pole-dancing at The White Horse, Shoreditch. Organiser Clare is great! More info about the sessions can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/Life-Drawing-at-The-White-Horse/ Below are a small selection of under 2 minute poses using pencil and paper. If you want to follow me on Twitter, I’m… Read more