Helen is an Illustrator from the small Cathedral city of Lichfield, now based in Cardiff. 

Her illustrative practice primarily explores visual journalism, often with narratorial, sociological and psychological agendas. Mediums of choice include pen, ink and gouache paint. Helen is heavily inspired by experience and location, creating a sense of spontaneity and fluidity, using those marks that are often considered 'mistakes'. Helen is also interested in the utility of design, with self taught expertise in the Adobe suite. 

Ultimately Helen has had a passion for creativity and communication from a young age. She chose to study both Graphic Design and Art and Design at GCSE, and furthermore completed an Art and Design A level. Helen was awarded an A* for her portfolio of work, and allocated a place to study at Cardiff School of Art and Design. After her Foundation Diploma she elected to continue her creative education, and received an unconditional offer from the University. Helen graduated with a Ba(HONS) Illustration from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Helen is also an experienced worker in creativity and support; with over 5 years of providing thorough, skillful and imaginative solutions to a client’s needs. Her first role in support was that of an arts, crafts and social group volunteer at Cardiff Mind, she is currently a Scheme Support Officer in supported accommodation for ex offenders. Helen's place within a close knit team organically became that of an Engagement Officer; coordinating, networking and running activities across the schemes. Helen is interested in the relationship between health and art, and the ways in which creativity can improve our lives and communities, both the immediate and global.




Photoshop Advanced


Nottingham Trent University

Graphic Design Short Course

2014 - 2015

Cardiff Metropolitan University

INC. Space creative residency

2011 - 2014

Cardiff School of Art and Design

Ba(HONS) Illustration

2010 - 2011

Cardiff School of Art and Design

Foundation Diploma Art and Design

2008 - 2010

King Edwards VI School

Mathematics, English Language, Art and Design


Dec 2018

A Better Life

Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay

July 2018


HeARTh Gallery, Llandough Hospital

Nov 2017 -

Jan 2018

Winter Open Exhibition

HeARTh Gallery, Llandough Hospital

May 2017

Bloom: Wellbeing and Creativity in Age

HeARTh Gallery, Llandough Hospital

May 2020

Oasis Cardiff charity auction


May 2017

Gwanwyn Festival installation

HeARTh Gallery, Llandough Hospital

Nov 2016 -

Jan 2017

Just Breathe

Washington Buildings, Penarth

Nov 2016 -

Jan 2017

Affordable Art: Winter Exhibition

HeARTh Gallery, Llandough Hospital

Sept 2016

Inc @ M.A.D.E

M.A.D.E Gallery, Cardiff

June -

July 2016

Summer Exhibition

HeARTh Gallery, Llandough Hospital

Jan -

Mar 2016

Drawing our Stories: Art, Medicine and Wellbeing

HeARTh Gallery, Llandough Hospital, Cardiff

Mar 2016 -


Hafan y Coed: An Illustrated Journey

Hafan y Coed in house gallery, Penarth.

Jan -

Feb 2016

Creative Exchange

High Street Arcade, Cardiff 

Sept 2015


Studio 4, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Aug 2014

Beyond the Border installation

St Donats Welcome Center, Llantwit Major

June 2014

Illustration, class of 2014 

Howard Gardens, Cardiff

Feb 2014

Expectations and Exploitations

St Mary’s Old Church, Stoke Newington, London

All enquiries: helenturnbullart@gmail.com


© 2020 by Helen Turnbull illustration and design.