About

Helen Cann is an illustrator and artist from Brighton in the UK. Although she is an established illustrator with over 10 years experience, her fine art work is distinct from her illustration.
She specialises in making maps but also draws and paints. Her work has been exhibited around the world and has been commissioned for use in TV and film, most recently by Ridley Scott Associates (for Turkish Airlines), by HBO/BBC (for ‘His Dark Materials’), by Lionsgate (for ‘The Spy who Dumped me’) and the BBC (for ‘Mapp and Lucia’ and ‘Howard’s End’).
Helen is the author of ‘Hand Drawn Maps’ (Thames and Hudson 2017) and her work also appears in ‘Archipelago: An Atlas of Imagined Islands’ curated by Dr Huw Lewis-Jones. Her map of Eastbourne is in the collection of Towner Gallery and she regularly gives workshops in hand drawn mapping techniques at galleries and museums.

Representation:
Art Republic
ONCA Gallery

Exhibitions:
2019 ‘Here be Whales’, Universities of Leeds and Hull, Hull Maritime Museum
2017 ‘Hand Drawn Maps’, ONCA Gallery, Brighton
2017 ‘Perspective 2012 – 2017’, ONCA Gallery, Brighton
2015 ‘Digiskull’, The Booth Museum, Brighton
2015 ‘The Whale Road’, ONCA gallery, Brighton
2015 ‘Correspondence’, Prestamex House, Brighton
2014 ‘100 – a Making of Trees’, ONCA Gallery, Brighton
2013 ‘Down to the Bone’, ONCA gallery, Brighton
2013 ‘Making Tracks’, ONCA gallery, Brighton
2011 ‘HOUSE open’, The Regency Town House, Brighton
2010 ‘HOUSE open’, The Regency Town House, Brighton
2008 School of Art Museum, Aberystwyth, Wales
2006 ‘Stories from the Silk Road’ (illustrations), Chicago Institute of Art, Chicago
2002-2004 ‘Imagine’ (touring exhibition – illustrations), Blakesley Hall, Birmingham, Holburne Museum, Bath, Guildhall Gallery, Guildford, Manchester Art Gallery

Collections:
Towner Gallery.  ‘Map of Eastbourne.’

Residencies:
2014 Pangaea Explorations/ONCA Gallery. A residency working as crew with environmentalists and oceanographers sailing across the North Atlantic documenting whale sightings. The resulting exhibition was ‘The Whale Road’ in 2015.

Talks and Workshops:
2018 ‘Hand Drawn Maps’ day workshop at Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
2018 ‘Hand Drawn Maps’ day workshops at Ditchling Museum of Art+Craft
2017 ‘Mapping by Hand’ ONCA Gallery
2017 ‘Hand Drawn Maps and Mapping Stories’ The Catalyst Club, Brighton
2017 ‘Inspiration’ Brighton Illustrator’s Group
2015 ‘Using Sketchbooks’ Loughborough University
2015 ‘Inspiration’ Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce

Publications:
2019 ‘Archipelago: An Atlas of Imagined Islands‘ (Thames and Hudson)
2019 ‘Whale Encounters’ by Sophia Nicolov (East Street Arts)
2017 ‘Hand Drawn Maps – A Guide for Creatives’ (Thames and Hudson)