Events

Helen has produced workshops on the history of photography for Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Regent’s University and  Central St Martin’s. Workshop topics have included on 19th and 20th Century Studio Practice, Documentary Portraiture, and Histories of Collecting. If you wish to discuss collaborating on future events please contact Helen via e-mail

Talks and Events include:

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

Maggie Murray, Gina GloverJenny Matthews and Joanne O’Brien  discuss the work and experience of women photographers in the 1970s and 80s.  This event is 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 leads 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 chairs a discussion exploring current trends in the photography world and how to grow your contemporary collection. Panel members will include Helen Trompeteler (Curator of Photography, Royal Collection Trust), Christiane Monarchi (Founding Editor, Photomonitor and curator of this year’s Photo50 exhibition), 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 provides three early-career curators with opportunities to develop their professional skills and experience. This year’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.

17 July 2015 Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon: Twitter Tour and Live Q&A

14 January 2014 Miniclick (P)Review of the Year

A panel discussion reviewing the best photographic projects of 2013, Helen was a panellist alongside Christiane Monarchi of Photomonitor, photographer Antonio Olmos, Eleanor MacNair, and Gordon MacDonald of MacDonald Strand.

Image credit: Contact sheet of Mary Ure by Michael Peto (far left), © The Peto Collection  / Dundee University Archive Services