Hannah Leighton-Boyce is a Manchester based artist whose works explore present day and historical narratives surrounding objects and place through site-specific actions, sculpture, drawing, sound and installation. Her working process combines research and an exploration of process and materials. She is interested the performative nature of objects; the qualities of surface, stories and impressions made on it by its original function and points of friction between these narratives, surfaces, and ourselves.

Recent works have derived from museum archives and found objects that explore politics of labour and industrial legacy including; a collaborative live sculpture made with residents of Helmshore, Lancashire (2014), set within the context of the area’s industrial heritage; and a sound installation at Touchstones Rochdale (2016) funded by a New Opportunities Award, which explored the resonant properties and work history of objects from the museum’s collection.



C U R R E N T | F O R T H C O M I N G
Summer/Autumn 2017   Research residency, Glasgow Women’s Library
June 2017  Hannah Festival launch
July 2017  Manifest Festival
July 2017  Residency: Curfew Tower 17 IMPOSE||LIFT, Cushendell NI, Curated by The Penthouse
July 2017  Release: Industrial Folklore Tapes Vol.I – Instruments of Industry – Ten-inch record
2017       Publication: Retroactivity and Contemporary Art by Craig Staff. Pub. Bloomsbury

E X H I B I T I O N S  |  P R O J E C T S
2016 Instruments of Industry Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale
2014 The Event of The Thread Helmshore Mills Textile Museum
2012 Standing at the Gates, Ackworth School, West Yorkshire
2011 The Naming of Place Ackworth School, West Yorkshire
2011 Marking Time, Weaving Place Brass Gallery, Leeds
2010 Mapping Movement The Bowery, Leeds

G R A N T S  |  A W A R D S
2016 ‘Instruments if Industry’ nominated for the Creative Rochdale Borough ‘Best Production, Exhibition, or Cultural Event Award’
2014 Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England (The Event of the Thread)
2014 New Expressions 3, New Opportunities Award (Instruments of Industry)
2013 Neo:Graduates – commendation award
2013 MA Show award, residency and exhibition (Rule of 3).
2012 The Textile Society Award – Postgraduate winner
2010 AHRC Postgraduate Funding, Manchester School of Art


S E L E C T E D  G R O U P  E X H I B I T I O N S
2016 Excuse Me While I am Changing, Rogue Studios Project Space, Manchester
2016 Newwwwwork at The Manchester Contemporary 22nd – 25th September 2016
2016 Women Artists from 1861 -2015 Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale
2016 Manchester Histories Festival, ‘Instruments of Industry’ 3-12th June
2015 For Posterity launchpad exhibition – Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2015 People and Process: A history of Salts Mill (If Walls Could talk, The last Yarn)
2015 Film Screening of The Last Yarn, St. Asaph Catherdral, Wales.
2014 GodsbridgeX  The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
2013 Anual 2013 La Escocesa, Barcelona
2013 The Contemporary Art Society North, PS Mirabel, Manchester
2013 Neo:Graduates Neo:22 Bolton
2013 Cloth & Memory {2} Salts Mill, Saltaire
2013 Castlefield Gallery@ The Manchester Contemporary
2013 If not here, where Didsbury Parsonage, Manchester
2013 TESTBED Lionel Dobie Project, Manchester
2013 Hand-made Futures Contact Theatre/Blank Media Collective, Manchester
2013 Through neo:gallery22, Bolton
2013 The Frost Art Museum Drawing Project The Frost Museum, Miami
2012 Manchester Artists’ Book Fair with Hot bed Press, Holden Gallery, Manchester
2012 MA Show, Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University
2012 Journeys Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Lancashire
2011 CUBE Open 2011 The CUBE Gallery, Manchester
2011 Workhouse Hive Gallery, Manchester
2011 Cartograph The Brass Gallery, Leeds
2010 Open Drawing Exhibition One Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden


2016 March – June 2016 Print residency at Neo:artists, Bolton
2015/16 Touchstone Museum and Gallery archive, New Expressions3
2014 -TO-AND-FRO-  A two week collaborative residency, Rogue Project Space, Manchester
2013/14 AA2A Manchester School of Art
2013 La Escocesa, Barcelona.
2013 RULE OF 3,  Islington Mill, Salford – 3 week residency
2012 Armley Mills, 1 month collaborative residency – Gerry Turvey,Daliah Touré,June Gersten Roberts
2009-11 Ackworth School West Yorkshire (2008-2011) – 3 year residency


2016 Owl Project|Modular Meets. Boatshed residency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park


P U B L I C A T I O N S  | R E L E A S E S
2017 Folklore Tapes Release: Industrial Folklore Tapes Vol.I – Instruments of Industry – Ten-inch record
2017 Folklore Tapes Release: The Folklore of Plants Vol.I
2015 The Event of The Thread – Limited edition book published by Mid Pennine Arts
2015 Drawing Paper 8 – Drawing as Connecting – curated  by Anne Douglas, Kate Genever & Amanda Ravetz.
2013 Cloth & Memory {2} Exhibition Catalogue, eds. Lesley Miller


A R T I C L E S  |  P R E S S
2016 The Journal of Modern Craft Volume 9, 2016 Issue 2.  Review by Lynn Setterington
2016 Hannah Directory 2016
2016 Corridor 8 – ‘A Chorus of Objects’ – by Laura Mansfield
2016 Artist Newsletter Reviews, ‘Instruments of Industry’ – Interview by Jack Welsh
2016 Rochdale Observer – Article by Steve Cooke, All Across the Arts
2016 Embroidery Magazine, ‘Watching, Waiting, Making’ – by June Hill
2015 Axisweb ‘Spotlight’ feature – The Event of the Thread
2015 Some thoughts on multiple lifeworlds: identity, culture & politics – Dr Iain Biggs
2014 Creative Tourist – The Event of The Thread – Sheila McGregor Axisweb Selects
2014 Revolution I: Industrialisation, Artist as Archeologist – Annie Carpenter
2014 TEXT Journal, Volume 41
2014 Jan/Feb Embroidery Magazine  – Cloth and Memory {2}
2013 The Quilter Journal 137 – Winter 2013. Page 2. Cloth and Memory {2}


P U B L I C  C O L L E C T I O N S
Touchstones Art Gallery
Salts Mill, Saltaire
Winchester Special Collection
Oxford Brooks Collections
MMU Special Collections
Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection
GSA Special Collections