Hannah Leighton-Boyce is an artist based in Manchester whose works investigate our shifting relationship to place. Using a research led approach, an exploration of place specific materials and process she explores historic and present day narratives, use, behaviours and language surrounding a place. Her works seek to animate, converse, resonate and perform in response to or within a specific site or location.

Since graduating with an MA from Manchester School of Art, Hannah has exhibited her work in the UK and internationally. Recent exhibitions/events include New Work, The Manchester Contemporary (2016);   Instruments of Industry, Touchstones Museum and Art Gallery, Rochdale (2016); For Posterity, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2015); The Event of The Thread, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Rossendale (2014); Godsbridge, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle (2014); Contemporary Art Society North, PS Mirabel, Manchester (2013); Cloth & Memory {2}, Salts Mill, West Yorkshire (2013).


Solo Exhibitions and Projects.

2016 25th March – 11th June 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


Grants | Awards.

2016 ‘Instruments if Industry’ nominated for ‘Best Production, Exhibition, or Cultural Event Award’ by Creative Rochdale Borough Awards.
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


Selected Group Exhibitions.

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
2009 Drawn In Sidcot Arts Centre, Somerset



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
2008-11 Ackworth School West Yorkshire (2008-2011) – 3 year residency



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


Public Collections.

Touchstones Art Gallery
Salts Mill, Saltaire
Winchester Special Collection
Oxford Brooks Collections
MMU Special Collections
Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection
GSA Special Collections


Publications | Articles | Press.

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 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.
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 Cloth & Memory {2} Exhibition Catalogue, eds. Lesley Miller
2013 The Quilter Journal 137 – Winter 2013. Page 2. Cloth and Memory {2}



2012 MA  Manchester School of Art (Distinction)
2005 BA (Hons) Winchester School of Art (First)
2004 Visiting Student, Tokyo Zokei University, Japan



2017 – present Associate Lecturer MA Textiles, Manchester School of Art
2014 – present Visiting Lecturer, BA Textiles in Practice, Manchester School of Art

2016 Talk and workshop to students at Blackpool College
2016 Visiting Artist, TOMA (The Other MA) – Metal, Southend on Sea
2014 Drawing and Textiles Tutor, Open College for the Arts
2014 Talk to MA Fine Art Students, Chester University

2013 Talk, Experimentem amb L’Art, Barcelona
2013 Talk, Castlefield Gallery Associates, Manchester
2013 Symposium, Cloth & Memory {2}, Salts Mill, Saltaire
2013 Saturday Textile Talks, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
2013 Show and Tell presentation, The Cornerhouse, Manchester

2013/14 Associate Lecturer, BA Textiles, Liverpool Hope University
2013/14 Associate Lecturer, Critical and Contextual Studies, University of Salford.
2012 Presented at MA Student Symposium, Manchester School of  Art
2011-13 Graduate Tutor, BA Textiles in Practice, Manchester School of Art.
2011/12 Visiting lecturer, Bradford College of Art.

2011 Talk, Leeds Psychogeography Group. Leeds University.



Transition and Influence Gallery