Helen Stokes

Lecturer in 3D Design, Foundation Art & Design


Helen Stokes is a Glass Artist and Lecturer; she joined Oxford Brookes in September 2009, having worked for the University as an Associate Lecturer over the previous 3 years. Prior to working at Brookes Helen lectured at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College on their Degree and Foundation Courses and at Middlesex University on their 3D Design multi media Degree.

Helen graduated from The Royal College of Art, with a Masters Degree in 3D Design: Glass & Ceramics, in 1996 and since then has been lecturing and making glass sculpture from her workshop in the Cotswolds.

Professional Qualifications

  • 1994 - 1996 M.A. Degree The Royal College of Art, London
  • 2007 Cert Ed University of Bedfordshire
  • 1991 - 1994 BA (Hons) Glass & Ceramics Sunderland University

Previous Experience

Sept 2000 - Present - Part-time Lecturer - Oxford & Cherwell Valley College

2006 - 2009 - Associate Lecturer - Oxford Brookes University

Jan 1997 - Feb 1998 - Studio Assistant - Rebecca Newnham, Glass Artist

Jan 1995 - Sept 1996 - Part-time Lecturer - Middlesex University

Helen’s work is predominately figurative. Within her current work she explores the notion of environment, whether this is her Home surroundings, Public Spaces, or the nature of our impact on the environments we encounter. She is particularly interested in our relationship with different places, how we perceive spaces and bring our own personal resonance to them. This maybe the memories and emotional associations which relate to an event or happening, or the physical impact or traces we can leave on these places.

To capture these associations Helen creates glass environments or narratives which allude to these feelings. Objects individually modelled and set within each piece bring symbolism to the scenes which suggest an emotional connection to that setting. Each piece is uniquely composed and tells a story, coloured glass is also used to enhance these associations. The quality of the glass allows Helen to create a sense of captured moments, a nostalgia or recollection of a particular place or setting, giving the works an airy ethereal quality of memories past.

Helen Slater exhibits nationally and internationally and also works to public and private commission.



2012 International Contemporary Glass, The Gallery, Redchurch Street, London

2011 Selected Member of the Contemporary Applied Arts, London

2010 Blast, Zest Gallery, London

2010 Remarkable Glass, The Contemporary Applied Arts, London

2010 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

2009 Six @ Potato Town, The Potato Town Gallery, Oxfordshire

2009 Melting Point, The Pyramid Gallery, York

2009 Fresh Air, Quenington Sculpture Trust

2008 Artspace, The Barn Galleries, Henley on Thames

2007 Contemporary Glass, The Pyramid Gallery, York

2006 Fairy Tales, The Exchange Theatre, Manchester

2005 Studio Glass, The Cowdy Gallery, Glos

2004 Contemporary Glass, The Church Gallery, Dartmoor

2003 Frosted The Jelly Leg’d Chicken Gallery, Reading

2002 The Open, The Chapel Gallery, Lancashire

2001 Winners, Rowe & More, Westminster, London

1999 Selected, The Stroud House Gallery, Stroud

1998 Hanover Arts Fair, Hanover, Germany

1997 Hamburg Collectors Fair, Hamburg, Germany

1997 Two Man Show, Gallery ‘L’, Hamburg, Germany

1996 Venice Aperto Vetro, Venice Biennale, Venetian Gallery, Murano, Italy


1997 Charlie Bray Award for Glasswork.


Public Commissions

2000 - 2009 'The Public Servant of the Year Awards' - Annual Commission sponsored by The Cabinet Office, CIPFA and Public Finance.

2000 - 2009 'The Reporting & Accountability Awards' - Annual Commission. Sponsored by CIPFA and Pricewaterhousecoopers.

2008 'Outdoor Courtyard Sculpture' - Commission for the Radcliffe Hospital Trust, Churchill Hospital, Oxford

2007 - 'Oxfordshire & the South East Bioscience Awards' - Annual Commission by OBN

Main Gallery Agents

The Contemporary Applied Arts, London

The Catherine Hammond Gallery, Ireland

The Northern Lights Gallery, Keswick

The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

Helen Slater


School of Arts

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP