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All are welcome to join us for Demo Days: artist demonstrations and talks on Wednesdays during July and August at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery. Take time to meet local artists, discuss their works and try your hand at creating a craft based artwork.

Artist Demonstrations & Talks
July 22 – Helen O'Connor - 3:30 - 6:30 pm

Helen O’Connor is a Yukon visual artist who makes paper by hand using oriental and local fibres to create sculpture, assemblages and installation. Her works express a reverence to nature and are influenced by the unique atmosphere of the north.

Originally from Ontario, O’Connor studied visual art at the University of Western and at the Ontario College of Art. Interest in working with multimedia began for O’Connor as a student and in 1986 as a member of artist cooperative, Gallery 44, Toronto, where her photo/drawings were exhibited.

O’Connor’s interest in interdisciplinary collaboration with dance, sound and film has led her to work with Yukon filmmaker, Marten Berkman. Their short film, “Running with Paper” was featured at the Dawson City Short Film Festival, 2013. O’Connor’s recent video installation collaboration “Release” was featured in her 2014 solo exhibition “Salutation” at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Gallery.
       
O’Connor’s work has been exhibited in the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K. She enjoys an international connection and has attended residencies in Canada at the Banff Centre for Art, in Scotland at Joanne B Karr Studio, in Italy at Pyramid Atlantic’s “Paper, Print, Book Intensive” and in Ireland at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

O’Connor’s artist book “Red Book of Annaghmakerrig”, created in Ireland at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre,  is featured as part of the exhibition “Found, Forged and Fused” at the Yukon Art Centre, June 4-Aug. 24, 2015.

Demo Days celebrates the Found, Forged & Fused exhibition, A survey of handmade works from the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. Exhibition runs from June 4 to August 29, 2015

Photo Credit: artwork Helen O'Connor, photo © Government of Yukon