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Helen is an experienced public speaker across multiple forms of presentation including exhibition tours, lectures and object-based learning. She has developed and taught workshops on photography for organisations including Central Saint Martins, National Portrait Gallery London, Regent’s University London, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Additionally, she regularly gives talks on curatorial practice and participates in panel discussions and awards juries.

Selected Talks and Events:

13 January 2019: Prince Albert’s Role and Influence as a Patron of Photography

This seminar is part of an annual programme of seminars run by the Society for Court Studies in which new work in the field is presented and discussed.

8 November 2019: Caldesi to Cameron: Placing Osborne in the History of Early Photography

This paper is part of a three day international conference to mark the bicentenary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Bringing together academics, authors and heritage professionals, this conference offers a unique opportunity to examine the political, cultural, and social significance of Victoria and Albert’s activities at Osborne.

17 June 2019: Prince Albert: Patronage and Commerce in Early Photography

Helen gave the paper ‘Prince Albert: Patronage and Commerce in Early Photography’ at the annual conference 2019 of the Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University.

20 May 2019: Afterlives, Photography and Mourning

Helen gave the paper ‘Afterlives: Photography and Mourning’ at the international conference Victoria’s Self-Fashioning: curating royal image for dynasty, nation and empire at Historic Royal Palaces.

8 February 2019: Women, Work and Commerce in the Creative Industries, Britain 1750-1950

This symposium added to the growing body of feminist scholarship that is deconstructing the male-dominated history of commercial and industrial artistic production. The programme brought together current interdisciplinary perspectives on women’s experiences of work and the gendered dynamics of commerce in the creative industries in Britain between 1750 and 1950. Helen presented on the role of photography in the East London Federation of Suffragette’s Woman’s Dreadnought newspaper.

24 January 2019: East End Suffragettes: the photography of Norah Smyth:

This roundtable discussion looked at Norah Smyth’s photographs and their use in the East London Federation of Suffragettes’ Woman’s Dreadnought newspaper, and discussed suffragette portraiture more widely. Presentations were by curator Helen Trompeteler, George Mind and Carla Mitchell of Four Corners.

6 October 2018: ‘Curating Photography’, a talk for the Brighton Photo Fringe:

Helen was a speaker contributing to the 2018 Brighton Photo Fringe Curators Training programme which provides three early-career curators with opportunities to develop their professional skills and experience. 2018’s trainee curators were Idil Bozkurt, Kate Kelsall and Clare Patrick.

28 March 2017: ‘Women’s photography in the 70s and 80s’: 

Maggie Murray, Gina GloverJenny Matthews and Joanne O’Brien  discussed the work and experience of women photographers in the 1970s and 80s.  This event was part of Four Corners Archive project.  Chaired by Helen Trompeteler

19 January 2017: ‘The Radical Eye’: London Art Fair VIP tour in association with Tate Modern:

Helen Trompeteler led a unique tour of ‘The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection’, discussing highlights of the exhibition in terms of both public and private acquisition.

18 January 2017: Collecting Contemporary Photography: London Art Fair in association with The Photographers’ Gallery:

Brett Rogers OBE, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery chaired a discussion exploring current trends in the photography world and how to grow your contemporary collection. Panel members included Helen Trompeteler, Christiane Monarchi (Founding Editor, Photomonitor), Hannah Watson (Director of Trolley Books and TJ Boulting) and Nicholas Campbell (Founder of Narcissus Arts).

7 October 2016: ‘Curating for and outside of museums’, a talk for the Brighton Photo Fringe:

Helen was a speaker contributing to the 2016 Brighton Photo Fringe Curators Training programme which provided three early-career curators with opportunities to develop their professional skills and experience. 2016’s trainee curators were Sarah French, Jamila Prowse and Ruby Rees-Sheridan. Find out about their exhibition ‘King’s House: In Transition’ here.

16 August 2015: Behind the Screen: Audrey Hepburn – The girl that launched the gamine style

In this special event, Helen discussed the evolution of Hepburn’s style throughout the 1950s and 1960s; examining defining film roles and key collaborations with leading photographers and fashion designers. This talk was held in advance of a screening of Roman Holiday as part of Film4’s Summer Screen at Somerset House, London.

9 July 2015: Audrey Hepburn: Becoming a Modern Icon

In the inaugural lecture for the Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon events season, Helen discussed the development of Audrey Hepburn’s era-defining image. By exploring pivotal collaborations with many of the most significant photographers of the twentieth century, Helen considered how Hepburn both responded to and challenged the gender expectations of her time. Listen to the lecture on Soundcloud.