Dandelions & Double Yellows - Meet the Artist: Helen Thomas

29 June 2021

We are delighted to be hosting the 'Dandelions & Double Yellows' exhibit by Helen Thomas at Wakefield Cathedral between 10 July to 15 August 2021, a fantastic project focused on the plants we come across on a daily basis but often fail to appreciate, understand or simply even notice. Read on to find out more about Helen and her inspiration behind the project.

This is a free to visit project throughout the five weeks of installation, no booking required.

Helen explores themes of plants and place through drawing and painting.Helen works from her studio at The Art House in Wakefield, and from direct observation, outdoors.

Helen’s recent work increasingly concerned with the often overlooked, and sometimes contentious self seeded plants in our everyday surroundings.

Helen’s current project 'Dandelions & Double Yellows’ asks whether we can reconsider plants in the urban environment that are often dismissed as weeds. Her paintings, inspired by observation of pavement plants in corners of car parks, on path edges in Wakefield will be exhibited at Wakefield Cathedral from 10th July to 15th August 2021.

Dandelions and Double Yellows is supported by National Lottery Project Grant funding from Arts Council England.

This exhibition was part funded by Wakefield Council as part of Festival of the Earth. Festival of the Earth will take place from July to October 2021 and will encourage local communities to make positive environmental changes through events, activities and installations. To get involved please visit

A small selection of Helen’s paintings will also be on display in the Cathedral Kitchen throughout this period and available for sale.

Get Involved:

Helen is inviting people to enter their pictures of pavement plants from across the Wakefield District (and maybe a few blow-ins from further afield) to be featured in an online gallery.
To find out more or submit your work for the online gallery, please visit:

To see more of Helen’s work please visit

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