Mentor Mondays: Helen Starr

Artist Resources, Artist Voices, Free, Opportunities

Monday 11th July 2022 10:00am - 12:00pm

We’re delighted to be joined by guest host, Curator Helen Starr, for July’s Mentor Mondays. This is a fantastic opportunity for those working in similar fields to gain feedback and insights from a leading figure in the industry.

There are three 1-to-1 slots available on 11th July, which are booked on a first come first serve basic and open to those living or working in the SO postcode area. You can book your free 1-to-1 here


11th July: Helen Starr

About the Host

Helen Starr is a Trinidadian world-building curator. Of Afro-Carib ancestry, Helen’s indigenous and black lived experience is entangled with both racism and genocidal erasure. Helen is interested in the formulation of how European people came to see themselves as the gatekeepers to the Personhood of Others. How Earth became a colony of the West.

Working mainly with artists who have protected characteristics, Helen has commissioned, curated and produced worldbuilding artworks using game engines such as:

Life Without Matter (2018) by Rebecca Allen, Warm Worlds and Otherwise (2018-20) by Anna Bunting-Branch and Aliyah Hussain, Haunting Alongside our Shadows (2021) by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley and It was an Aliens’ Picnic(Beyond Black Orientalism) – the World as a futuristic re-imagination, existing in Time and Zones that Spring from and Move in Breath (2021) Salma Noor,  Megan Broadmeadow, Brandon Covington Sam Sumana, Nicholas Delap, Ben Hall, Nayu Kim and curated by Kinnari Saraiya. and framed and held in love and longing by Amrita Dhallu and Helen Starr.

Helen has worked with public institutions such as Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge, FACT, Liverpool, QUAD in Derby.

Helen also sits on the board of QUAD, Derby and was part of the winning team for the Wolfson Economic Prize 2021. She lives in London with her family and her collection of artworks by emerging and established Contemporary artists. Central to Starr’s practice are the writings of the Jamaican philosopher Sylvia Wynter.


As an organisation we actively look to reduce barriers for artists applying for our opportunities and commissions, and we are committed to being fair, accessible, transparent and inclusive.

We offer a range of access support for artists, including alternative formats for information we release and submissions we receive as well as an artist access fund; please contact us so that we can discuss your individual needs an


About Mentor Mondays

Part of ‘a space’ arts expanded Artist Voices ProgrammeMentor Mondays invites visual arts professionals from across the UK to hold zoom 1-to-1 sessions with artists & artworkers from the SO postcode area.

On one Monday of every month we will offer three 45 minute 1-to-1 sessions on zoom which will be available to book on a first come first serve basis.

1-to-1s will be led by mentors with wide-ranging professional visual arts experience: curating, writing, fundraising, publishing, commercial art and more. These sessions are designed to support with critical feedback on work, funding advice, and developing career strategies.