Helen Denerley


Helen Denerley lives and works on a remote hillside in North East Scotland. Since graduating from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen in 1977 she has worked continuously as a sculptor. Best known in Scotland for her larger than life scrap metal giraffes on Leith Walk in Edinburgh, her work has been commissioned in Japan and South Georgia and is in collections across the UK. In 2016 Helen completed a 6m giraffe for a private client in Hong Kong.


Helen’s work is the result of meticulous observation and drawing skills combined with a love of the natural world and all the technical aspects of working in metal. The forms are never whole, the use of negative space makes them come alive, creating form where there is only air. Helen has turned this into ‘Positive Space’.

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Women what weld? An article on sculptor @HelenDenerley by Mandy Haggith @cybercrofter coming up in Art North magazine No.2, this summer. https://t.co/5B0WE2es6q. Subscribe now to receive issue 1 (with No.2 to follow in advance of our publication date for all subscribers).

Here's the film of the Hen Harriers in the newly refurbished National Museum of Scotland launched last week.

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