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Advocacy

Throughout her career working with internationally recognized organizations, Helen has developed expertise in curatorial leadership, cultural partnerships, strategic planning, risk management, and fundraising. She utilizes these skills to advocate for artists in local, national, and international contexts through board and committee roles and long-term relationship-building.

Brew House Association

2022-2024 Program Mentor, Prospectus Curatorial Development Program

Board Member, 2021-2022

The Brew House Association (BHA) provides a wide range of creatives with the support needed to foster invention, creation, and collaboration.

Find out more about their programs for artists and curators via their website.

Installation photograph of the BHA gallery space showing g work by Paper Buck © Helen Trompeteler

Four Corners

Curatorial Advisor, 2022-Present

Board Member, 2017- 2022

Four Corners is a center for photography and film in London. Their work builds upon almost 50 years of radical, socially engaged approaches to photography and film. Helen’s expertise supports Four Corners’ long-term curatorial strategy.

Learn more about Four Corners at their website and online Four Corners Archive.

Marilyn Stafford

Advisor, 2017-Present

From 2017-2023, Helen advised photojournalist Marilyn Stafford on the long-term care and development of her photographic archive. Stafford’s photographs span from 1948 to 1980 and cover remarkable periods of international modern history. Following Marilyn’s death in January 2023, Helen remains an active advocate for Stafford’s lifetime body of work as part of the Marilyn Stafford Collective.

Learn more about Stafford’s life at her website.

Boulogne-Billancourt © Marilyn Stafford

Committee Member, PIT Art in the Airport program

2022 – Present

As a dual British-American citizen who has settled in Pittsburgh, Helen is delighted to support the Pittsburgh International Airport Art Advisory Committee in support of the program’s mission to present dynamic visual art, performing art, and public art produced by local, regional, national, and international artists.

Learn more about the program and artist opportunities at Fly Pittsburgh

Shy Canopy by Carin Mincemoyer, commissioned by Allegheny County Airport Authority.

Mentor for Society of Photography Education Pride Caucus

2023

Helen has previously supported fellow members of the SPE Pride Caucus as a mentor. The SPE Pride Caucus mentorship initiative aims to support artists who identify as LGBTQIA2+ with feedback on their work and guidance on professional practice.

Learn more about SPE Pride Caucus Mentorship Sessions via Instagram.

VACE

Individual member on behalf of Silver Eye Center for Photography, 2022-2023

VACE is a coalition of eight small visual arts organizations in Pittsburgh that aim to make the field more equitable, visible, and sustainable.

Learn more about VACE at their website and read VACE’s Statement on Pay Standards for Arts Workers.

Exterior view: Silver Eye Center for Photography

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh

Exhibition Committee Member, 2021-2022

The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) is the oldest continuously exhibiting visual arts organization in the US. As an exhibition committee member, Helen supported AAP’s members, exhibitions, and programs.

Find out more about AAP and the work of its members via their website.

Installation photograph of the AAP gallery space © Helen Trompeteler

Photographic Collections Network

Advisor and Researcher, 2017

PCN is an organization that protects and shares the UK’s diverse photographic collections and archives. Helen was an advisor and researcher for the network during its inaugural year.

Learn more about PCN’s collections research and programs via their website.

Photograph © Ula Kuźma