Helen Stacey’s studio practice involves realist-expressive representations of the land, its layered meanings of myth, spirituality and issues of reconciliation, deploying a variety of mediums. For instance the 2007 solo exhibition, Negotiating Boundaries at the RSASA, involved painting, assemblage and installation, exploring the gate as a metaphor for colonisation and spirituality in the Alexandrina Lakes region. This exhibition toured to four SA regional galleries.
Since 1987 she has held over thirty solo exhibitions in four states and participated in some eighty group shows in Australia and other countries. Living Desert (with textile works created with Lorraine Marter) toured to five states, then Beijing in 1990. In 1997 she coordinated Journey & Discovery touring to London, Kuala Lumpur and concluding at Hill-Smith Fine Art, Adelaide. In 2004 she conducted a week’s workshop for women asylum seekers, Baxter Detention Centre. Country Arts SA funded projects include artist-in-residencies, mentoring, co-consultancy for the SA-Malaysian exhibition exchange, Between Remote Regions, with the National Gallery of Malaysia 2000-2001, and coordinating two Alexandrina Farm Gate Festivals, 2010-12.
Recently she and her husband took the multi-media social-justice exhibition, Australian Reflections on ‘Blackbirding’, to Queensland, Fiji, Vanuatu and the Hawke Centre gallery, Adelaide, assisted by a Peace Foundation grant.