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Helen has over twenty years of experience leading exhibitions and partnerships for internationally recognized collections and organizations, including Silver Eye Center for Photography, the Royal Collection, and the National Portrait Gallery, London. Her demonstrated success encompasses collections development, curatorial oversight of exhibitions, publications, and programs, donor cultivation and stewardship, and institutional-level strategic planning. Below is a selection of roles she has held as a passionate advocate for the arts.

Brew House Association

2022-2024 Program Mentor, Prospectus Curatorial Development Program

Board Member, July 2021 – February 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, March 2022 – Present

Board Member, 2017 – March 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

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh

Exhibition Committee Member, February 2021 – February 2022

The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) is the oldest, continuously exhibiting visual arts organization in the US. As an exhibition committee member, Helen supports 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