Honourary Order of the British Empire Award Ceremony
On the 13th July, 2011, Helaine Blumenfeld was awarded an Honourary OBE by The Right Honourable Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport in a private ceremony at the House of Commons attended by her family.
The Right Honourable Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport gave a speech in which he said, “Let me start by welcoming everyone to this wonderful occasion of the presentation honouring the OBE to Dr Helaine Blumenfeld. Helaine, I am delighted and privileged to have been asked to present this award to you. It acknowledges your remarkable contribution to the arts as one of the boldest and most diverse artists working today. Your pioneering approach has placed you at the forefront of contemporary sculpture. Alongside your work as a sculptor has been your longstanding commitment to the Royal Society of British Sculptors where you were behind the delivery of some of the society’s most outstanding projects, helping your sculptor colleagues to showcase their work in every way possible. Helaine, in recognition of your invaluable services to the arts, Her Majesty the Queen has appointed you to be an honorary officer of the most excellent order of the British empire. It is with great pleasure that, on her majesty’s behalf, I present you with a badge of this order. May I congratulate you and offer you every best wish.”