Helen Turner was born in Prestwick in 1937. When she left school she joined the design studios of James Templeton and attended Glasgow School of Art in the evenings from 1952 to 1960 - studying drawing, still life and portraiture under Trevor Mackinson and William Gallagher.

Continuing her career she became a documented designer in Aubusson and Beauvais – travelling extensively throughout the world. Helen’s designs can be seen in the Waldorf Astoria, the Turnberry Hotel and the San Francisco Opera House. She eventually gave up her design work to become a full-time painter. She is a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute and the Glasgow Society of Women Artists.


2000 Awarded a Diploma, Paisley Art Institute

1992 Soroptimists Fine Art Award (International), Commendation

1972 East Linton Award


Lay member of Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts

Artist member of the Paisley Institute

Past President of Ayr Sketch Club

Founder Member of Octagon

Artist member Glasgow Society of Women Artists (GSWA)

Elected President Paisley Art Institute (PPAI 2001)


Robert Flemings plc

Ramco Oil

Dunedin Fund Managers

Baillie and Gifford

Leone Cockburn Contemporary Art


South Ayrshire Council

and collections of Lord Morton and Lord Maclean


Susan Lemond Gallery, Bearsden

The Richmond Hill Gallery, London

Thompson`s Gallery, London

Thompson`s Gallery, Aldeburgh

TSB, George Street Edinburgh

Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI)

Paisley Art Institute (PAI)

The Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr

Atholl Gallery, Dunkeld

The Annan Gallery, Glasgow

Glasgow Society of Women Artists

The Stenton Gallery, East Lothian

Brian Sinfield Gallery, Oxon

Leone Cockburn Contemporary Art, Haddington

Glasgow Art Fair

Manor House Gallery, Chipping Norton


St. Petersburg Russia

John D. Kelly, Glasgow

The Guggenheim Gallery

The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock

Royal Bank of Scotland Exhibition

Scottish College of Textiles Gallery, Galshiels

Inverbeg Gallery, Luss, Loch Lomond

Wellington, Centre, Ayr

Riverside Gallery, Stonehaven

The Glasgow Vennel, Irvine

Exposition Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France

Broughton Gallery, Biggar

The Waverley Centre, Prestwick

The Green Gallery, Aberfoyle

Harbour Arts, Irvine

Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen

Pitlochry Festival Theatre Exhibition

Tolquhon Gallery, Aberdeen

Horizons Gallery Perth

Lanark Gallery

Alistair Anderson Gallery, Eaglesham

The Gatehouse Gallery, Rouken Glen, Giffnock

The Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, Milngavie, Glasgow

Robert Flemings Holdings Ltd., Hong Kong

The Rotunda, Hong Kong Land


Save the Children

The Mcmillan Retail Trade, Crookfur

Dunkeld Cathedral Exhibition