Motherhood & Metamorphosis

Delighted to be showing A Silent Earthquake,  Film, 2017 together with Mama, Digital Drawing Tryptich 2017 as part of this group exhibition Motherhood & Metamorphosis curated by Jill Moore McKeith at Lansdown Gallery Stroud. Opens Tuesday 7th November- Saturday 11th November 2017. Opening times: 10am- 3pm daily. 


Milk on Rocks, 2013, Film shown as part of Intergenfem a group show curated by Amy Dingam and Katy Howe of Desperate Artwives as part of the FiliA Conference in London. FiliA 2017, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H OAL. Saturday 14th October 11am – 5pm. Sunday 15th October 10am-...


A series of digital collages thinking about how memories are drawn and contained within the body. Memories of intense, exhausting,  mothering and how that made me feel.

A Silent Earthquake

A film going back in time to when I became a mother and was dealing with post-natal depression.  

Creative Birth: Body

I collaborated with a team to deliver Body as part of the Creative Birth Programme with a group of pregnant women about at the Zen yoga centre, Camberwell, London. The workshop comprised of  a yoga and meditation session, contemporary dance, and a talk about the pregnant body by midwife and artist...

M(other) & Son

A two week collaborative research residency between Helen Sargeant and her son Naoise Sargeant at Takahuhti Artcenter, Tampere, Finland, supported by Nicola Smith’s We Are Resident project and funded by the Arts Council. Find out more about this project via the M(other) & Son blog.

Readings from M(other) & Son

Readings from M(other) & Son, performed at We Are Resident Exhibition, Islington Mill Project Space, Sunday 30th October 2016.      

Mummy’s Tummy

Me and my youngest son Naoise (aged six) played a drawing game in a book. He drew babies in the tummy’s of my mummy’s and I drew babies in the tummy’s of his mummy’s.   

Dust to Bread

A participatory arts project delivered on behalf of Artist As Mother As Artist, an Arts Council funded exhibition curated by Tracey Kershaw and Sam Rose. I worked together with the curators and two groups of parents, their children and a group of women to bake bread from the dust in...

Artist As Mother As Artist

Description of  Exhibition & Associated Events: Artist as Mother as Artist 22 April- 19 May Featuring Nicola Canavan, Nicola Carter in collaboration with Seraina Dejaco, Paula Chambers, Amy Dignam, Rachel Fallon, Dinah Gold, Tracey Kershaw, Jessica Paige Greig, Sam Rose, Helen Sargeant, Eti Wade, Zoo Indigo. Artist as Mother as...

M(other) & Sons

A series that plays with making collaborative composite drawings by me and my two sons. I bring together opposing elements, marks, motifs and characters from each of our drawing practices to explore my own maternal identity and the relationship my children hold with me.

Playground drawings

The line that begins a journey, a game, play. You encourage me to follow and trace the lines that you have made. I twist and turn on your line. We laugh together. The line that connects me to you. An umbilical line.

Tarmac & Skin


The fountain

A series of drawings about the female body produced throughout the autumn of 2015. Thinking about the body as container, lactation, sexuality, fertility. Abundant milk and being drained of milk. The cervix opening and closing. Connectivity.    

Self Portraits as Mother

A series of photographic self portraits that attempt an alternative view to idealised images of mother.

Project AfterBirth

I am delighted that  Don’t scribble me out will be shown as part of the wonderful Project AfterBirth exhibition. 30 international artists. One ground breaking new exhibition. EXHIBITION: Project AfterBirth GALLERY: White Moose DATES: Sat 3 Oct 2015 – Fri 13 Nov 2015 TIMES: Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 5...

Ma Ma/ Boo Boo

The film utilises 215 intimate family photographs and home video footage taken by the artist, together with autobiographical prose that weaves a journey through Helen's thoughts, feelings and experiences of breastfeeding.

M(other) Stories

"Autobiographical writing is juxtaposed with photographs taken at home and during the school run using my smart phone camera. Photographs record the ever shifting, transitory time I share with my family. There are shadow portraits of me and my son playing, of my son sleeping, intimate observations of his body...

Her Family

Playing with embedding my children's drawings into my own, thinking about the body of the mother and the child, gender, sexuality, nurture and protection.

The egg, the womb the head and the moon

  “The egg, the womb, the head and the moon”,  has been created to show existing work and research-driven practice about the maternal by the Mewe arts collective in response to the title. The site includes documentation of visual art work, video, sound, performance and texts by members of Mewe, including contextual dialogue...

Stone Soup

Making “Stone Soup” with my son, like that in the fairy tale. Performance made as part of The Egg The Womb The Head & The Moon    
Latest entries

The milk and the blood

8th -22nd March 2013: Ebor Studios, Littleborough Opening Friday, 8th March 6-8pm

Birth: Party Surprise

Birth: Party Surprise (2013) are a series of pencil and ink drawings that use public images of You Tube birth videos together with my personal experiences of giving birth.

Brood Issue 4: Riding The Reindeer

Mum’s the word

Taydellinen ympyra

Mother Art: text by Saara Sillanpää and Helen Sargeant, article, Pages 22- 25, Tampere Arts Association Magazine.

Live Art and Motherhood, A Study Room Guide on Live Art and the Maternal

“New Maternalisms”: Tales of Motherwork (Dislodging the Unthinkable)

Illustration of Helen Sargeant, Man Sized, Digital Collage, 2014 included in Eti Wade’s paper; Maternal Art Practices: In Support of New Maternalist Aesthetic Forms.                        

M/OTHER VOICES Column: The Miserable Mother

"A mother needs to know herself, to own up to the diverse, contradictory, often overwhelming feelings evoked by motherhood. It doesn't matter whether she stays at home, goes out to work, is partnered or single. Only a mother who can face her own inner turbulence can make sense of her child's. It's only by accepting...

Actions made alone in landscape after school drop off.

A series of  short sactions made outside walking in the landscape near my home after dropping my youngest son off at school. These sketches deal directly with my feelings of being confined and frustrated by my role as Mother and are an attempt to release emotions into the landscape through my actions. The performances are...


At home time my youngest son Naoise excitedly handed me an orange covered book with “me, mummy” written on the front that he wants to use to draw pictures of “me in my mummy’s tummy when she was pregnant and him in my tummy when I was pregnant.” In this video Naosie can be seen drawing me developing inside my...

Disrupted family portrait

Video from M(other) Stories, 4th May 2015 

Visualising Birth through Art

A relaxing and creative workshop with expert one to one tuition, support and guidance from an experienced artist. Suitable for anyone with an interest in birth and art, no previous art experience necessary, open to all adult learners. Particularly suited to Artists, Pregnant Women, Doulas, Midwives, Health, Care & Social workers. Imagining and expressing birth...

Water Birth: Stories to inspire and inform

Illustration on back cover, poetry and further illustrations inside.    

The child inside the mother

Tracing and copying lines and gestures from Naoise drawings, collaging these into family photographs fusing together the present and the past, exploring mother/daughter relationships.