Hello. My name is Helen and I’m the Assistant Curator for Fine Art at the Whitworth. I’m based in the Prints and Drawings Study Room which is located behind the scenes at the gallery. This means I have access to an amazing collection of Prints and Drawings which are housed in here when they’re not on display or being loaned out to other institutions. Anybody can make an appointment to see the collection. Throughout this blog I hope to share some of these works with you and give you some insight into what we have and how we research, look after and interpret them. I look forward to hearing your comments and insights.

I’m also working on a display about shadow. Most of the works will come from the Whitworth’s collection but the exhibition will also incorporate some exciting new commissions. The collection display will be a gathering of images based on ideas surrounding anonymity, alter ego, darkness, shadow play, and trickery. I’ll be posting updates about the process of bringing the exhibition together as well as ongoing themes and influences.