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’.

Current and Recent Commissions

helen and tree sculpture

Tree of Life

Currently working on a 4.5m Tree of Life for a new rewilding Centre at Dundreggan commissioned by Trees for Life. Expected completion early 2023.  
Haddo Sphere

Lord Aberdeen Memorial

Commission to make a memorial for the late Lord Aberdeen to be placed in Haddo estate. Completed April 2022.
peacock sculpture

Peacock for Delilah’s Restaurant. Lochinver.

Made entirely from kitchen scrap. Opening of restaurant Summer 2022

Aberdeen Angus Bull

Private commission to make a life size Aberdeen Angus bull.
starling sculptures on railings

Starlings, Loanhead 2021

Commission from Hart Builders to make thirty starlings for railings in a new housing complex in Loanhead.

Open Studio

Open Studio 14th and 15th May. This is part of the Cairngorm Park Big Weekend.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see work in progress of the Tree of Life for Trees for Life.




Solo Exhibition, Kilmorack Gallery, Beauly

Spring 2023


Sawyer Gallery, Inverewe Garden, Poolewe

Trees Meet Sea. A collaborative exhibition with Mandy Haggith, poet, and other artists.

April 2nd until the end of May 2022 and then Dundee Botanics, June and July 2022.

Living Magazine Cover
Ape sculpture on cover of magazine

Hen Harriers Video

email: helen@helendenerley.co.uk

Work available at:

Kilmorack Gallery, Beauly
Rhue Gallery, Ullapool,
Tolquhon Gallery, Tarves
Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Moncrieff-Bray Gallery Petworth
Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen