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Video with DAWN MELLOR – What Happened to Helen @ Focal Point Gallery

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Dawn Mellor’s exhibition at Focal Point Gallery explores the identity of the actress Dame Helen Mirren.


Dawn Mellor created this series of paintings specifically for Focal Point Gallery in Southend, as this is where Mirren grew up and it’s also a place she often refers to in her interviews. One such occasions raised an outrage, when she told an American magazine that Southend was: ‘the armpit of Britain’ and ‘a place where people get drunk, throw up, have a fight and a one-night stand’.

Dawn Mellor print is available to order from Focal Point Gallery for £75.


There are two events organised by the gallery relating to the exhibition:

16 March 2013, 2.00pm

A Focal Point Gallery – Catherine Grant is a writer and editor, and currently Lecturer in Visual Culture at Goldsmiths College, London. Her research focuses on adolescence in photographic portraiture, and the re-enactment of histories of feminism in contemporary art. Grant has recently co-edited a special issue of Art History on ‘Creative Writing and Art History’ (April 2011) and a collection of essays on girlhood in contemporary art entitled Girls! Girls! Girls! in Contemporary Art(2011). This event is free and no booking is required.

27 March 2013, 10.00am 

Dawn Mellor in conversation with Hilary LloydThe Pod, South Essex College – For this event, Dawn Mellor will be discussing her Focal Point Gallery exhibition at South Essex College with Hilary Lloyd. As an artist and filmmaker, Lloyd was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2011 and has exhibited at institutions such as Artist Space, New York (2011), Raven Row, London (2010), Munich Kunstverein (2006) and Chisenhale Gallery, London (1999). Lloyd has also made solo presentations at Tramway, Glasgow, and Le Consortium, Dijon (both 2009) and is represented by Galerie Neu, Berlin and Sadie Coles HQ, London. This event is free, however booking is required. To reserve a place, please call Focal Point Gallery on 01702 534 108.

Read more about the exhibition here.