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Helen Marshall is a British visual artist based in London, United Kingdom. Her practice is rooted in fine art photography, storytelling and new media. She often works with archives, collecting thousands of photographs to tell a story or commemorate an important moment in social and cultural history. Her work is exhibited outside the gallery or museum and is held in private and public collections. In 2016 she incorporated her company The People’s Picture in London and the USA delivering participatory projects in the public realm.

Her portfolio includes exhibitions and commissions for the Kennedy Space Center, The Horniman Museum, The National Memorial Arboretum, Royal College of Surgeons, BBC Television, Tate Britain, The Photographers’ Gallery, Financial Times and Canary Wharf Group. She is an Honorary Member of the Townswomen Guilds, one of the largest women’s organisations in the UK. She won the Nikon Photo International Award in 2002 and she holds a World Record for creating the largest photo mosaic in Birmingham in 2008. She has completed residencies and commissions internationally, and worked in arts and health settings including hospices and hospitals.

She holds a Masters’s Degree in Photographic Arts from Westminster University, London, a Degree in Photography from Bournemouth University, a BA First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from Cardiff University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Reading. Her additional training and interests include a Postgraduate Certificate in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths College, London, Thai Yoga Massage and an ART Level 1 International in Authentic Relating, Bali.


Time Out | Alexandra Palace wants your selfies for a giant artwork | 2023

Evening Standard | Artist to create selfie mosaic at Alexandra Palace | 2023

BBC News | Alexandra Palace: Selfies wanted for giant artwork | 2023

Amineddoleh & Associates | Installation by The People’s Picture Opens Today | 2021

Raven Radio | In Sitka, ‘America250’ finds a community ahead of the reconciliation curve | 2021

KCUR | World War I Museum pays tribute to an ‘often-forgotten’ hero with faces of Kansas City veterans | 2021

ArtDaily | Photos on QUAD’s building launches 10th edition of FORMAT International Photography Festival | 2021

BBC World Service | News Hour | 2021

BJP |Format Photography Festival returns with both a physical and virtual programme, more expansive than ever before | 2021

BBC News | The Face of Liberation | 2020

ITV News | The Face of Liberation | 2020

Channel 103 | Mosaic of Islanders Form Face of Liberation | 2020

Bailiwick Express | Meet Barbara, the Face of Liberation… | 2020

Jersey Evening Post | Unveiled: Barbara is the Face of Liberation | 2020

BBC News | Woman chosen as Face of Liberation ‘overwhelmed’ | 2020

ITV News | ‘Face of Liberation’ community artwork project unveiled in Jersey |2020

BBC News | Mosaic Memory | 2020

CNN | A 1,000-square-foot mosaic of Ida B. Wells is being installed at Union Station in DC | 2020

Washington News 4 | Mosaic at Union Station Honors Pioneering Civil Rights Leader Ida B. Wells | 2020

Washington Post | Ida B. Wells gets her due as a Black suffragist who rejected the movement’s racism |  2020

CNN – A 1,000 square foot mosaic of Ida B. Wells is being installed at Union Station in DC| 2020

Washington Post – Ida B. Wells gets her due as a Black suffragist who rejected movement’s racism| 2020

Smithsonian Magazine – A 1,000-Square-Foot Mosaic of Ida B. Wells Welcomes Visitors to D.C.’s Union Station| 2020

Washington News 4 Tommy McFly – Mosaic at Union Station Honors Pioneering Civil Rights Leader Ida B. Wells| 2020

Washingtonian – A Massive Ida B. Wells Mosaic Is Coming to Union Station| 2020

Washington Post – The best things to do — virtually and in person — while quarantined in the D.C. area| 2020

Now This News – Ida B. Wells Honored With Stunning Mosaic That Celebrates Suffrage & Civil Rights Work| 2020

Fox 5 Washington DC – Massive portrait honouring civil rights leader Ida B. Wells coming to Union Station| 2020

WUSA9 – Women’s suffrage mosaic of Ida B. Wells in Union Station stops travellers, as hundreds of protest photos echo 2020

BBC South East Today | Rainbows for the NHS | 2020

Evening Standard | Art installation celebrating NHS ‘stories of hope’ launches in Piccadilly Circus | 2020


ITV News | NHS ‘Stories of hope’ light up London’s Piccadilly Circus | 2020

NASA Events – Events Celebrating Apollo’s 50th Anniversary – 2019

The New York Times – Apollo 11 Anniversary: How to Celebrate This Weekend – 2019

The Times – Going back to the Moon – 2019 – Apollo 50th Celebrations to Span 50 States, Times Square, Washington Monument – 2019

Daily Mail – A moonstruck nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on another world – 2019

The Sun – Washington Moonument lit up by spectacular footage of Moon landing to mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 – 2019

BBC London – Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing with Tom Kerss and Helen Marshall – 2019

ITV News – Thousands of selfies help create a mosaic of suffragette – 2018

Royal Photographic Society – The Face of Suffrage – 2018

The Telegraph – Pictures of the Day – 2018

BBC News – The stories behind the Face of Suffrage artwork – 2018

BBC News – Women’s selfies sought for giant Face of Suffrage artwork – 2018

BBC Midlands News The Face of Suffrage – 2018

BBC News – 5 amazing acts of remembrance – 2018

BBC News – Portrait Unveiled as the Face of Stoke On Trent – 2017

Financial Times – Noah Harari challenges the future according to Facebook – 2017

Daily Telegraph – Heroism & Horror – NMA – 2016

BBC Regional News – NMA – 2016

Daily Mail – Double portrait of the Queen greets holidaymakers at Gatwick – 2016

BBC News – Digital Mosaic of Fallen WW1 Private – 2014

The Guardian – The 20 Photographs of the Week – 2014

BBC World Service – 2014

ITV Meridian News – The People’s Monarch – 2013

BBC South East News – BBC South East Diamond Jubilee Photo Mosaic – 2013

Daily Mail – A Royal Welcome – 2013

Evening Standard – The People’s Portrait –  2013

Mirror Online – The people’s Queen: Unique mosaic portrait of Her Majesty made up of thousands of photos – 2012

BBC News – BBC South Eash Diamond Jubiliee Mosaic on Show at Gatwick Airport- 2012

CNN News – 2010

Nikon – Japan – 2003

The Times Online –  The Big Picture – 2008

The Sun – The Big Picture – 2008

BBC News – Mosaic in the picture for record – 2008

Daily Telegraph – Legion brought together for the People’s Poppy – 2006

BBC News – Giant Poppy to inspire Commuters – 2006

Miss Mao review BBC Radio 4 – 2006

Today Programme Listen Again – 2004 – Gao Brothers & Helen Marshall


2023 SCIENCE IN PICTURES – AstraZeneca, UK

2023 BY THE PEOPLE: 150 LIFETIMES – Alexandra Palace, UK

2023 HINES – Perspective Art in Architecture, UK

2023 QUEEN’S GREEN CANOPY – Queen’s Green Canopy, UK

2023 LUMBER JILLS – Forestry England, UK

2023  FACES OF SURGERY – Royal College of Surgeons, UK

2022 OUR RIVER – Luton Borough Council, UK

2022 Faces of NHS London – NHS England, UK

2021 #MASSISOLATIONFORMAT – FORMAT Photography Festival, UK

2020 OUR STORY: PORTRAITS OF CHANGE – Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, Washington D.C, USA

2020 RAINBOWS FOR THE NHS – NHS, Piccadilly Lights, UK

2019 THE PEOPLE’S MOON – Kennedy Space Center, USA

2019 I AM HAMMERSMITH – Romulus, 3 Shortlands London, UK

2019 MONA LISA – EY & Atomized Studios, Rome, Italy

2018 MY SNOWMAN – Penguin Random House, Brighton Museums, UK

2018 THE FACE OF SUFFRAGE – Arts Council England, Birmingham New Street, UK

2017 THE FACE OF STOKE-ON-TRENT – City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent Council, UK


2017 MARK ZUCKERBERG – Financial Times, London, UK

2016 PROJECT TOBONG – Solo Show, Horniman Museum & Gardens, London, UK

2016 EYE ON THE ROAD – Tower Bridge – Southwark Council, London, UK

2016 ARBORETUM – Exhibitions Centre, The National Memorial Arboretum, UK


2016 FOOTBALL ICONS – West Ham United Boardroom, Olympic Stadium, London


2014 THE FACE OF WW1 – BBC News, Imperial War Museum, UK

2012 THE PEOPLE’S MONARCH – Gatwick Airport, Turner Contemporary, Towner Gallery, Rochester cathedral, BBC Television, UK


2011 HOME SWEET CARY – Cary Visual Art, North Carolina USA

2010 FRAME IT – Big & Small Project, Tate Britain, London, UK

2010 NO SUCH PLACE – Museum of London LAARC, London UK

2010 DEMENTIA – Westminster Arts & Central & Cecil, London, UK

2010 HACKNEY’S HERE! – Space Studios, London, UK

2008 STORY OF STRATFORD – Westfield & A New Direction, London, UK

2008 THE BIG PICTURE – Arts Council, BBC, West Midlands, UK

2008 FORCES & FILM – Creative Partnerships, London, UK

2008 YOU’RE THE BOSS – Chisenhale Gallery Education, London, UK

2007 WHAT HAUNTS YOU? –The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK

2007 SECRET GARDENS – Lu Feifei & Helen Marshall, Gao Brothers Art Center, Beijing, China

2007 TAKE ME TO THE RIVER – University of East London, UK

2007 UNTOLD – Dementia, Westminster Arts, London, UK

2007 BONPO – Stream/Independent Photography, Greenwich, London UK

2006 THE PEOPLES POPPY – Royal British Legion, Victoria Station Concourse London, UK

2006 MAKING SLOUGH HAPPY – BBC2 Primetime, Optomen Television, UK

Exhibitions & Residencies

2021 FORMAT21: CONTROL, Format Photography Festival, Derby, UK

2020 OUR STORY: PORTRAITS OF CHANGE, Union Station, Washington D.C, USA

2020 RAINBOWS FOR THE NHS, London Piccadilly Lights, UK

2019 THE PEOPLE’S MOON, London Piccadilly Lights, UK

2019 THE PEOPLE’S MOON, Times Square, New York, USA

2019 THE PEOPLE’S MOON, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Florida, USA

2019 THE PEOPLES MOON, ArtScience Museum, Singapore

2019 THE PEOPLE’S MOON, DG2019 – 12th Annual Digital Graffiti Festival, Alys Beach, Florida, USA

2017 NIGHTFALL, DG2017 – 10th Digital Graffiti Festival, Alys Beach, Florida, USA

2017 TRADITIONS – The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, London, United Kingdom

2016 DRIVE THRU Q PARK – Level -3 , Cavendish Square, London, United Kingdom

2016 PROJECT TOBONG TOURING – Horniman Museum and Gardens, London, United Kingdom

2015 PROJECT TOBONG – Open 1, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom

2014 PROJECT TOBONG – Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards, Malaysia


2013 PROJECT TOBONG – Yogyakarta, ICAN, Indonesia Contemporary Art Network

2012 PROJECT TOBONG – Arts Council & British Council Grants – Indonesia


2013 PROJECT TOBONG – Delhi Photo Festival, India

2012 THE PEOPLES MONARCH TOURING – Gatwick Airport,Television British Broadcasting Corporation, Turner Contemporary, Towner Gallery, Rochester Cathedral, UK

2008 Reflex Gallery, Lu Feifei & Helen Marshall, Paris, France

2008 THE WALLS IN THREE PLACES – Dover, Charlton Arts Centre, United Kingdom

2008 IN FOCUS, WHAT HAUNTS YOU? – The Photographers’ Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2007 Lu Feifei & Helen Marshall, Gao Brothers Art Center, Beijing, China

2007 SINCE, Gao Brothers Art Center, Beijing, China

2006 MISSMAO – Helen’s House, London, United Kingdom

CLOD ENSEMBLE – Extravagant Acts for Mature People, London, United Kingdom

2003 I AM A CURATOR – Perr Huttner, Chisenhale Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2000-2003 ROSETTA LIFE & MUF, 2-year Artist Residency in Hospices across London and Royal Free Hospital Oncology Ward.

2002 NIKON Grand Prize Winner NPCI – Hong Kong, China Tour