Helena Cox (née Gaudekova) is a curator, art historian and artist based in York, UK. Helena has Czech roots and has spent bits of her life in Japan and Sweden, popping over to the USA every now and then.
In January 2022, Helena was appointed the inaugural Art Curator at the University of York where she oversees a collection of a wide range of works, including those by acknowledged masters, such as Barbara Hepworth, Aubrey Williams, Sidney Nolan, Paul Nash, Joan Eardley, Keith Vaughan, Jacob Epstein, Mary Fedden, and Elizabeth Blackadder. The breadth of the collection encompasses ancient and modern ceramics, textile-art, sculpture, painting, printmaking, book-art and photography.
Helena previously worked as a Curator at Beverley Art Gallery in East Yorkshire, where she was responsible for a collection of late Victorian and Modern British painting, and curated exhibitions with local, national and international contemporary artists. Before settling in the UK, Helena worked as a Curator at the Japanese and Korean Collection at the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic (2011-2014), overseeing one the country's leading collections of Japanese art and working with a wide array of international heritage and academic partners.
Helena studied Fine Art and History of Art at the English College in Prague, Christ's Hospital School (UK) and the Master College of Design (CZ). She graduated from Charles University in Prague with BA (Hons) in History of Art in 2011, and obtained her MA (Distinction) from the University of Central Lancashire (UK) in 2014. Helena is currently finishing her PhD in Art History at the University of York, focusing on the reception of British Victorian art in Bohemia around 1900, supervised by Prof. Liz Prettejohn.
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