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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
Project Tobong | 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, Horniman Museum & Gardens.
The Face of World War One | The People’s Picture | BBC | 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.
‘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.
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.
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.
A two year Art Residency in London prior to the regeneration of Stratford and 2012 Olympic Games working with participants from local schools, Colegrave Primary School and Stratford School, A commission by Westfield managed by A New Direction.
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.
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.
‘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.
Digging up a Story was a single project organised by Creative Partnerships at a primary school in East London that involved an archeologist, an artist and a storyteller.
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.