Recent and upcoming: 


Memory of Clothes, Worthing. Working with writer Suzanne Joinson to explore links between autobiographical memory and clothing through Worthing Museum’s extensive clothing collection and personal memories of local elderly residents. The research will result in a podcast and solo exhibition at Worthing Museum February 2019. Follow developments  @helenbarff   Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England    


Surface, JGM Gallery, London, June 7th till July 21st, 2018. Featuring work by: Helen Barff, Katharine Beaugié, Sarah Dwyer, Dominique Gerolini, Echo Morgan, Ginny Pavry, Helen A Pritchard, Alice Wilson  JGM Gallery


Foundling Museum Seminar, Saturday July 14th, 2pm - 4pm. Artist Helen Barff and neuropsychologist Dr Catherine Loveday discuss their collaboration examining the link between clothing and autobiographical memory. Booking available on the Foundling Museum website 


Market Hall Museum Rugby, series of workshops working with a group of female immigrants exploring memories of place through clothing and museum objects. Work to be displayed in the museum summer 2018. 


All the Names, Scrap Metal, Toronto, October 27th 2017 till March 10th 2018. Helen Barff, Ivana Basic, Walead Beshty, Christian Boltanski, Tracey Emin, Aiko Hachisuka, Liz Magor, Annette Messager and Shinique Smith.  Scrap Metal Gallery


Selected for Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017.  Jerwood Visual Arts






  • All The Names, installation view. Photo courtesy of Scrap Metal, 2017
  • All The Names, installation view. Photo courtesy of Scrap Metal, 2017 (Foreground: Pockets 32 and 24, 2013)
  • Workshop with Market Hall Museum, Rugby. Memory of clothes, ink on paper, 2017.
  • Jerwood Drawing Prize, 2017. Left to Right; Helen Barff 'The Dress I Wore to My Dads' Funeral (drawn using fingers in graphite dust)'; Will Kippax; Richard Ducker.
  • Folded Stack, detail, jesmonite, 2018.