Helen Chadwick Self-Portrait 1991 © The Estate of Helen Chadwick, Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery


Born 1953
Died 1996
Nationality English
Birth place Croydon
Death place London

Chadwick was born in London and studied art at Brighton Polytechnic and Chelsea School of Art and Design, London. It was while she was still a student that Chadwick became interested in the body as a focus of personal identity. The majority of her works are three-dimensional, but she also worked in video and with installations involving slide projections. She frequently used her own body as the subject of her work. Chadwick's direct approach in making work relating to female identity has been highly influential. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1987.

Glossary terms

Glossary terms

Turner Prize

Founded in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded annually to the ‘most outstanding contribution’ to British art that took place in the last year.