Draw to Look, Photo by Paul Samuel White
Hannah is a interdisciplinary artist based in Bristol, working with performance, theatre, dance, writing and collaboration.
Her performance practice is rooted in contemporary movement and devised performance making, and has included collaboration with costume, sound, and participatory work with audiences. She has made solo theatre shows, participatory and site specific performances, workshops, collaborative bookworks, experiments with film, audio and most recently two short story collections.
Hannah's practice is concerned with understanding and reframing creative practices, salvaging what is at risk of being lost and prioritising the emotional experience. Hannah has made work on dancing, singing, drawing, anger, darkness, music and the use of public space.
Her artistic process aims to uncover or delve into something that needs to be re-defined, or space created for. Her own writing often results in an honest detailed personal meditation; a kind of opening.
The only way to conquer the horizon, photo by Katy Cassels.
Hannah has an MA in Performance Research from the University of Bristol 2010/11, and a BA in Theatre with Visual Practices from Dartington College of Arts, First Class, 2006 – 2009.
Hannah’s first work for theatre ‘Echo Beach’ touring nationally and internationally to New Zealand, Australia and Spain. Hannah’s second performance piece ‘With Force and Noise’ was featured within Exeunt Magazines most memorable theatre of 2017, and selected as part of In Between Time’s 2017 New Blood Live Artists programme. ‘Draw to Look’ was commissioned by the Royal West of England Art Academy, and she was accepted on to the Artist Home Swap residency programme to participate in a 6 week residency in Taiwan. Hannah recently published PIT MURK with the Conway and Young Small Press.
Pit Murk launch at Spike Island Studios, photo by Ruby Turner
Companies, festivals, venues and organisations that have supported or presented Hannahs work: Fevered Sleep, Quarantine, Wainsgate Dances, Square Chapel Arts Centre, Gateshead International Festival of Theatre, Mayfest, Profound Sound at Folkestone Quarterhouse, Quarter Block Party Cork, Royal West of England Academy of Art, Cove Park, In Between Time, Buzzcut Glasgow, Beaford Arts, Bristol Old Vic, Shoreditch Town Hall, Camden Peoples Theatre, The Place, Battersea Arts Centre, Flare Festival Manchester, ACT festival Bilboa, Tauranga Arts Festival New Zealand, Footscray community centre Melbourne, Tapei Contemporary Arts Centre Taiwan, Bristol Biennial, Interval Bristol, Situations, Blind Ditch, Theatre Bristol, Lattitude Festival. Funded by Arts Council England, MGC Futures, The Culture Capital Exchange. Commissions from Situations, Royal West of England Arts Academy, Theatre Bristol and Blind Ditch. ‘Anger’ shortlisted for the Sheffiled International Artist Book Prize.
Hannah is a member of the Bristol based artists collective Interval. She previously produced and curated a community gallery and performance festival and worked alongside other artists work as producer and project manager. She currently works freelance as Artist Support.
With Force and Noise, photo by Sean Clark.