Recipient of a 2018 Artist Newsletter Professional development bursary

9th March – 29th April 2018 – Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Reviews of current exhibition below:

MAP review ‘Consequences of progress, remnents for the future’ by Jazmine Linklater: Issues / #43 a gray stone wall damming my stream.

ART511 Mag. Turning around and back again’ by Lauren Velvick. Special print edition collaborating with Alexandra Arts, Manchester.

Corridor8 review ‘Ruth Barker and Hannah Leighton-Boyce by Miles Knapp



2018 12th – 13th May – Festival of Making with Makers Dozen

2018 (dates TBC) The Art of Magic, touring group exhibition. Curated by Folklore Tapes through a residency at The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle, Cornwall.

2018 28th Sept – 27th October – Solo exhibition Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington Festival.

2019 1st February – 23rd March Glasgow Women’s library [Touring show from Castlefield Gallery]

2019 Culmination of a collaborative project with Juliet Davis developed through The Curfew Tower 17 ‘IMPOSE || LIFT’ residency, curated by The Penthouse, Manchester


Hannah Leighton-Boyce (b. 1980, Stroud) lives and works in Manchester, England. Her sculptural works range from site-specific and ephemeral actions, to drawing, sound and installation. Her working method combines material and process led exploration with present day and archival research, to explore forms of object and body relations through themes of surface and erasure, embodiment and connectivity.

Recent works include a collaborative live sculpture made with residents of Helmshore, Lancashire (2014), set within the context of the area’s industrial heritage; and an audio installation at Touchstones Rochdale (2016) funded by a New Opportunities Award [New Expressions3], which explored ideas of disembodiment and labour through the resonant properties and work history of objects within the museum’s collection. Instruments of Industry was pressed on 10” vinyl and released in 2017 with Folklore Tapes’ Industrial Folklore Series. Recent group exhibitions include Excuse Me While I am Changing, Rogue Projects Space, Manchester; New Work, The Manchester Contemporary 2016; Women Artists from 1861 -2015, Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale; For Posterity, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2015); People and Process: A history of Salts Mill, Salts Mill, Saltaire.

She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Textiles from Winchester School of Art in 2005 and completed the MA in Textiles at Manchester School of Art in 2012. She has works in private and public collections including: Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale; Salts Mill, West Yorkshire; Ackworth Quaker School, West Yorkshire. She is also a member of Makers Dozen, a collective of Manchester based artists, designers and makers.


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