Hannah Leighton-Boyce is a Manchester-based artist (b. 1980) who graduated from Winchester School of Art (2005) and Manchester School of Art (2012). 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 place, object and body relations through themes of surface and erasure, embodiment and connectivity.

She is currently developing work for an exhibition which opens in September at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery as part of for Warrington Contemporary Art Festival. Recent exhibitions include Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce at Castlefield Gallery which tours to Glasgow Women’s Library in Janurary 2018; a collaborative live sculpture made with residents of Helmshore, Lancashire (2014); Instruments of Industry at Touchstones Rochdale (2016) funded by a New Opportunities Award [New Expressions3], the audio installation was released in 2017 on Folklore Tapes’ Industrial Folklore Series.





S O L O  E X H I B I T I O N S

2018   28/9 to 27/10 Title TBC  (Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, UK)
2016   Instruments of Industry (Touchstones Museum and Art Gallery, Rochdale, UK)
2014   The Event of The Thread (Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, UK)
2012   Standing at the Gates (Ackworth School, West Yorkshire, UK)
2011   The Naming of Place (Ackworth School, West Yorkshire, UK)
2011   Marking Time, Weaving Place (Brass Gallery, Leeds, UK)
2010   Mapping Movement (The Bowery, Leeds, UK)


S E L E C T E D  G R O U P  E X H I B I T I O N S

2019   Touring show from Castlefield Gallery – 1/2 to 23/3 (Glasgow Women’s library, UK)
2018   The Art of Magic, touring group exhibition (May – October: Exeter Phoenix, Exeter; The Horse Hospital, London; Full of Noises, Barrow-in-Furnace; Robin Wood Mill, Todmorden; Analogue Farm, Rochdale; Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle UK)
2018   Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce (Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK)
2017   Castlefield Gallery at The Manchester Contemporary (Old Granada Studios, Manchester, UK)
2016   Excuse Me While I am Changing (Rogue Projects Space, Manchester, UK)
2016   New Work at The Manchester Contemporary (Old Granada Studios, Manchester, UK)
2016   Women Artists from 1861 -2015 (Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale, UK)
2016   Manchester Histories Festival (Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale, UK)
2015   For Posterity (Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK)
2015   People and Process: A history of Salts Mill (Salts Mill, Saltaire, UK)
2015   Film Screening of The Last Yarn (St. Asaph Cathedral, Wales, UK)
2014   GodsbridgeX (The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, UK)
2013   Anual 2013 (La Escocesa, Barcelona, Spain)
2013   Not Just for Christmas, (The Contemporary Art Society North, PS Mirabel, Manchester, UK)
2013   Neo:Graduates show (Neo:22 Bolton, UK)
2013   Cloth & Memory {2} (Salts Mill, Saltaire, UK)
2013   Castlefield Gallery at The Manchester Contemporary (Spinningfields, Manchester, UK)
2013   If not here, where (Didsbury Parsonage, Manchester, UK)
2013   TESTBED (Lionel Dobie Project, Manchester, UK)
2013   Hand-made Futures, curated by Blank Media Collective (Contact Theatre, Manchester UK)
2013   Through (neo:gallery22, Bolton, UK)
2013   The Frost Art Museum Drawing Project (The Frost Museum, Miami, USA)
2012   Manchester Artists’ Book Fair with Hot bed Press (Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK)
2012   MA Show (Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University UK)
2012   Journeys (Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, UK)
2011   CUBE Open 2011 (The CUBE Gallery, Manchester UK)
2011   Workhouse (Hive Gallery, Manchester, UK)
2011   Cartograph (The Brass Gallery, Leeds, UK)



2018   Research residency, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery archives and stores
2017   Research residency, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow
2017   Curfew Tower 17 ‘IMPOSE||LIFT’ residency curated by The Penthouse
2016   Thee month print residency, Neo Artists Studios, Bolton
2015   One year research residency, Touchstone Museum and Art Gallery Archive, Rochdale
2013   Three week collaborative residency, -TO-AND-FRO- Rogue Project Space, Manchester.
2013   One year residency, AA2A Manchester School of Art, Manchester
2013   One month Studio residency, La Escocesa Studios, Barcelona
2012   One month collaborative residency, Armley Mills, Leeds
2008-11   Three year studio residency, Ackworth School, West Yorkshire


B U R S A R I E S / A W A R D S

2018   Recipient of a 2018 a-n Professional Development Bursary
2018   Selected artist for Dialogues5 with Mark Devereaux Projects
2016   Creative Rochdale, nominated for ‘Best Production, Exhibition or Cultural Event’
2014   New Opportunities Award, New Expressions 3, selected by CVAN & Visual Arts South West
2014   Arts Council, Grants for the Arts for ‘The Event of the Thread’
2013   Neo:Artists Commendation Award for works exhibited in ‘Neo:Graduates show’
2012   The Textile Society, Postgraduate Bursary Award
2010   Arts and Humanities Research Council Postgraduate Funding


A R T I C L E S / P R E S S

2018   The Guardian: Museum of the Year Shortlist – Glasgow Women’s Library by Jackie Kay
2018   thisistomorrow: ‘Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce’ by Selina Oakes
2018   MAP: ‘Consequences of progress, remnents for the future’ by Jazmine Linklater
2018   ART511 Mag: Turning around and back again’ by Lauren Velvick.
2018   Corridor8: ‘Ruth Barker and Hannah Leighton-Boyce‘ by Miles Knapp
2017   Hannah Festival Directory, The Hannah Festival
2016   The Journal of Modern Craft: Volume 9, 2016 – Issue 2. by Lynn Setterington
2016   Corridor 8 review: A Chorus of Objects, by Dr. Laura Mansfield
2016   Hannah Festival Directory, The Hannah Festival
2016   Artist Newsletter Review: Instruments of Industry, by Jack Welsh
2016   Rochdale Observer: Art Installation resonates on so many levels, by Steve Cooke
2016   Embroidery Magazine: March/April, Watching, Waiting, Making, by June Hill
2015   Drawing Paper 8, Liverpool
2015   Axisweb spotlight feature on The Event of the Thread
2015   Some thoughts on multiple lifeworlds: identity, culture & politics, by Dr Iain Biggs
2014   The Event of The Thread, Creative Tourist Axisweb Selects, by Sheila McGregor
2014   Owl Projects blog: Revolution I: Industrialisation, by Annie Carpenter
2014   TEXT Journal: Spotlight MA Award, Volume 41


B O O K S / P U B L I C A T I O N S

2018   East Wing 1939 – 2011, printed/cited in ‘Retroactivity and Contemporary Art’, by Craig Staff. Published by Bloomsbury, 2018
2015   The Event of The Thread, limited edition artist book. Mid Pennine Arts
2013   Cloth & Memory {2}, Exhibition Catalogue, eds. Lesley Miller



2017   The Folklore of Plants, Folklore Tapes, (various artists)
2017   Instruments of Industry, 10” with gatefold sleeve. Release by Folklore Tapes



Works held in private and public collections including: University of Salford Art Collection, UK; Touchstones Art Gallery, UK; Salts Mill, UK; Ackworth Quaker School, UK.

Books: Winchester School of Art Special Collections; Oxford Brooks Special Collections; Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection; Glasgow School of Art Special Collections; The British Library; Bodleian Library Oxford University, The Cambridge University Library; National Library of Scotland; National Library of Wales; Trinity College Dublin; Manchester School of Art Special Collections



2018   Makers Dozen, Festival of Making workshops, Blackburn. 12th – 13th May
2017   Project with Juliet Davis: Curfew Tower 17 ‘IMPOSE || LIFT’ residency
2016   Modular Meets and Owl Projects residency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park


T A L K S / P R E S E N T A T I O N S

2018   Jamboree organised by LOW PROFILE, Dartington Hall Estate, Devon
2018   Participation with Juliet Davis in ‘Slowing and stilling: foregrounding process in performance practices’ Birmingham
2018   Digital Cultures Event, organised by Abandon Normal Devices, Manchester
2018   Castlefield Gallery Associates, Castlefield Gallery
2018   Panel discussion, Castlefield Gallery with Adele Patrick (Glasgow Womens Library), Lindsay Taylor (University of Salford Art Collection), Helen Wewiora (Director), Matthew Pendergast (Curator)
2017   Artist Talk, Manchester College
2016   Drawing Matters Symposium, Paper: ‘So the line was always there in the beginning?’ York St John’s University
2016   Visiting Artist, TOMA (The Other MA) – Metal, Southend on Sea
2016   Artist Talk, Blackpool College
2014   Artist Talk, Liverpool Hope University
2014   Artist Talk, Chester University
2013   Artist Talk, Experimentem amb L’Art, Barcelona
2013   In conversation with Lesley Millar, Cloth & Memory {2}, Salts Mill, Saltaire
2013   Artist Talk, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
2013   Artist Talk, The Cornerhouse, Manchester
2012   Artist Talk, MA Student Symposium, Manchester School of Art
2011   Artist Talk, Leeds Psychogeography Group, Leeds University