Playing against the white and red blood cells are these viruses, many of which we will have suffered from.

Helen Birnbaum OUTBREAK Draughts 3

Compete with red and white blood cells to overcome the Common Cold, Rubella, Giardia and Encephalitis in this game of OUTBREAK draughts

Helen Birnbaum OUTBREAK Draughts 4

Helen Birnbaum OUTBREAK Draughts 10





In the game of OUTBREAK viral chess viruses represent the different pieces the most powerful, the King, being HIV& Aids. The other virus pieces represent the relative strength and significance of other viruses.




The influence of 1960’s design is clear in my ceramic sculptures inspired by science and society.  I have exhibited this thought provoking and humorous work throughout the UK.  In 2014 I was selected as ceramic artist in residence at Liverpool Hope University after graduating with an MA in Ceramic Art & Design from the University of Central Lancashire.  My thesis on pubic art is displayed in both the National Gallery and the National Library of Australia.   I am a Director of  a community arts centre and gallery in Skelmersdale and am an Advocate for FACT Liverpool.

Before this…

2012 MA Merit in Ceramic Art & Design, UCLAN

2014/2015  AA2A Ceramics residency at Liverpool Hope University

2013 Place offered /PhD Ceramics MMU

2008 Design Crafts BTEC Level 3  Distinction

2005 Adult Literacy Learner Support Level 2

1980 BA Hons English Literature Cardiff University