Born in Blackpool, Helen Clapcott studied Fine Arts at Liverpool Polytechnic and the Royal Academy Schools and has received both a Green Shield Foundation Award and the David Murray Landscape Award. For a short time she was also a pupil of William Ralph Turner.
The magnificent obsession of Helen Clapcott is to paint one industrial valley in Stockport and chart its mutations and evolution into a commuter corridor. One of the very few artists working in tempera, Helen's paintings are a celebration of light and change, and show a deep appreciation of a unique landscape. Joan Bakewell wrote of Helen's work in the Daily Telegraph: "Helen Clapcott brings an almost lyrical beauty to the smoking chimneys and industrial ruins. If Manchester belongs to L S Lowry, then Stockport is Helen's".
Her work is in the permanent collections of both the Royal Academy and the UK Government and amongst her solo shows are ones at both Stockport Art Gallery and Salford City Art Gallery.