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The People’s Picture 

The People’s Picture is a stand-alone platform for Marshall’s photo design work and commercial commissions. Recent commissions include West Ham United, Canary Wharf Group and The National Memorial Arboretum. The People’s Picture combines thousands of photographs to tell a story, commemorate an important occasion or bring attention to important social issues.

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Mass Isolation FORMAT | 2021 

Inspired by the 1937 Mass Observation project FORMAT invited people to join in the @massisolationFORMAT project, a visual record of the Covid-19 crisis on Instagram.

This mass-participation project has received over 38,000 photo submissions from 90+ countries, sharing people’s experiences living through a pandemic. These images came from a wide range of people, and will all come together as a large-scale photo mosaic to commemorate this moment in history, and celebrate our collective emergence into the ‘new normal’.

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Our Story: Portraits of Change | Washington, DC | 2020 

Our Story: Portraits of Change is an interactive photo mosaic and art installation depicting a portrait of suffragist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote in the United States.

The final portrait is made up of thousands of photos telling myriad stories of the suffrage movement. From August 24-28, a 25 ft by 40 ft (1,000 square feet) installation of the photo mosaic was on display at Union Station in Washington, DC.

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Rainbows for the NHS | Picadilly Circus | 2020

The People’s Picture launched ‘Rainbows for the NHS’ at London Piccadilly Lights on Monday 22 June 2020, calling out for people to submit their pictures and stories to create a giant interactive ‘mosaic of hope’ during the covid-19 pandemic. 

After collecting thousands of photos, the final artwork has become an online mosaic for the 72nd birthday of the NHS.

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The People’s Moon | 2019

‘The People’s Moon’ is a global project that unites humanity through the 50th-anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Artwork locations include London PiccadillyTimes Square New York, and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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The People’s Moon | Digital Graffiti Festival | Florida, USA | 2019 

Digital Graffiti is an annual projection art festival where artists use the latest digital technologies to project their original works onto the white walls of Alys Beach, Florida, USA.  Digital Graffiti explores how ‘social cinema’, design, technology and architecture can intertwine to create entirely new art forms.

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The Face of Suffrage | Network Rail | Birmingham | 2018 

100 years since some women gained the right to vote, The Face of Suffrage is made up of a combination of historical pictures of women involved in the suffragette movement from the West Midlands in the early 1900s and of females today using photographs submitted by the public be part of the commemoration – a floor-based, 200 metre-square photo mosaic made up of more than 3,700 images.

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Nightfall | Digital Graffiti Festival | 2017 

‘Nightfall’ is a digital & analogue moving image work. Digital Graffiti is an annual projection art festival where artists use the latest digital technologies to project their original works onto the white walls of Alys Beach, Florida, USA. Digital Graffiti explores how ‘social cinema’, design, technology and architecture can intertwine to create entirely new art forms.

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Project Tobong | Yogyakarta, Java | 2016

Project Tobong was a collaboration between Marshall and Indonesian artist Risang Yuwono. It was a research and development art project with the Ketoprak Tobong Kelana Bakti Budaya, one of the last remaining theatre troupes in Yogyakarta, Java. The project was supported by Arts Council England, British Council, Gasworks, Open Eye Gallery, and Horniman Museum & Gardens. 

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Portraits of Mummers

British Mummers | UK | 2015

Marshall has spent two years visiting and photographing the Coventry Mummers, and the Thameside Mummers. Mummers Plays are seasonal folk plays performed by troupes of actors known as mummers or guisers.


The Face of World War One | The People’s Picture | BBC London | 2014

Commissioned by BBC Local Radio, ‘The Face of World War One’ contained more than 30,000 photographs captured across the nation during the BBC World War One at Home Live Events. This mosaic commemorates how the sacrifices made by those during World War One, shaped the face of today.

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The People’s Monarch | The People’s Picture | BBC South East | 2013

‘The People’s Monarch’ was commissioned by BBC South East and depicts the Queen at the time of her coronation and at her Diamond Jubilee. It is  38 square metres and contains 5,000 photos. Its current home is at Gatwick Airport after touring at the Towner Gallery, the Turner Contemporary and Rochester Cathedral.

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Space Studios | Hackney’s Here! | London | 2010 

SPACE is a leading visual arts organisation providing creative workspace, advocacy, support and promoting innovation. Orchard school pupils made an archive of images with a specific focus on the body, buildings, and objects. The exhibition displayed digital montages of their drawings and photographs and were freely pasted to the walls of the courtyard.

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Home Sweet Cary | North Carolina, USA | 2009

An invitation from Cary Visual Art as part of their Public Art in Focus to consult with the local community. Marshall developed a proposal for an inaugural public art project, the first of its kind in Cary, that would challenge and stimulate the community as well as involve them in its creation.

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The Story of Stratford | Westfield | A New Direction | 2099-2011

A two-year Art Residency in London prior to the regeneration of Stratford and the 2012 Olympic Games working with participants from local schools, Colegrave Primary School and Stratford School,  A commission by Westfield managed by A New Direction.

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The Big Picture | BBC | The West Midlands |2008

The Big Picture was a commission from Audiences Central funded by the Arts Council in The West Midlands and broadcasted by the BBC.

The record-breaking work of art included 112, 896 photos, and measured 857.3m2. It was unveiled outside Think tank, Birmingham Science Museum at Millennium Point. The image selected for the final mosaic was from the thousands of submissions.

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What Haunt’s You ? | The Photographers’ Gallery | London | 2007

The Photographers’ Gallery collected photographs for an online archive of all things haunting. Artist Helen Marshall chose a single image of all submitted to create a web and print montage. The viewer was able to interact with the online information database of participating photographers.

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you are the boss

Chisenhale Gallery Education | London | 2008

‘You’re The Boss’ was an intensive one-week art project commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery for 12-14 year olds. The young people ‘hired’ the artist they wanted to work with and designed an event and interactive art exhibition open to the general public at the end of the week.

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Red Ladies | The Clod Ensemble | London | 2006-2008

Helen Marshall worked with The Clod Ensemble to produce and edit a short video installation and photographs of the Red Ladies that was featured at the Hackney Empire in 2006 and at the ICA in 2008.

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Digging up a Story | The Photographers’ Gallery | London | 2005

Digging up a Story was a single project organised by Creative Partnerships at a primary school in East London that involved an archaeologist, an artist and a storyteller.

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Tate Britain | Frame It | London | 2011

A specially commissioned artist residency at Tate Britain designed to create an inspiring learning resource for children aged 2-5 years. The resource was based on the Tate Britain collection and included visual, audio and multimedia content.

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Take Me to the River | UEL | 2007

Young people from Silvertown, East London enjoyed a unique, hands-on art and archaeology experience engaging with their perceptions of the past and its meaning to them in the present as they discovered the heritage of the River Thames and the Royal Docks.

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MISSMAO | Gao Brothers | London | 2006

Miss Mao was a group exhibition curated by Helen Marshall, Fei Fei Lu & David Goldenberg. It took place in 2006 and celebrated the inauguration and opening of Helen’s House with a unique and diverse international collaboration.  

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Toi et Moi | London & Beijing | 2007

A collaboration with Lu Feifei an artist and writer living and working in Beijing. The resulting work is a series of photographs shot on location consecutively in London and Beijing.

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Dementia | Westminster Arts | 2008

A commission as part of ‘Arts+Minds’ an arts project for older people receiving care. It was also part of an exhibition Untold: An exploration of identity in old age at the SW1 Gallery, London.

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Bonpo | Stream | London | 2007

Stream commissioned a work to be made with several older housebound residents in the borough of Greenwich. Helen visited each client several times during the winter period.

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TAP | LIFT London | 2005

Teacher Artist Forum in partnership with the London International Festival of Theatre was a ground-breaking pan-London professional development programme for artists and teachers providing an exemplary model for preparing a future generation of arts educators.

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Art at the Centre | Art Strategy & Masterplanning | Thames Gateway | 2005

A commission to work with master planners on a regeneration development on the Isle of Sheppey, Thames Gateway to coordinate an arts strategy for the town and the community that is proactive, far reaching and experimental.

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