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Helen Denerley (b. 1956)

Born in Roslin, Midlothian, she studied at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, 1973–77, becoming a sculptor utilising farming implements, industrial machinery and scrap metal. Her commissions include Musical Play Sculpture, for Aberdeen District Council (1977); Sundial in Steel and Granite, Sheltered Housing Complex, Inverurie (1991); Govan Milestone, for the Govan Housing Association, Glasgow (1994); and Dreaming Spires, Leith Walk, Greenside, Edinburgh (2004–05). A founder member of Aberdeen Community Arts Association, 1982, she was Director of Upper Donside Community Trust and Strathfest, 1989–94, and in 1995 she was elected a professional member of the Society of Scottish Artists. She exhibits frequently at the Kilmorack Gallery, Beauly, and her work has been seen in solo and group exhibitions throughout the UK, as well as in Japan, Belgium and Italy. Her Ammonite, commissioned for the birthplace of the geologist Hugh Miller, Cromarty, in 2008, was the winner of the IAA Awards for Architecture

Bibliography: R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 2, pp. 135–38, 512–13; The Scotsman, 12 May 1999, p.26; information from the artist.

Ray McKenzie 2018