S O L O  E X H I B I T I O N S
2018        (28 Sept – 27 Oct) Solo exhibition Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
2016        Instruments of Industry, Touchstones Museum and Art Gallery, Rochdale
2014        The Event of The Thread, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Rossendale
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


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        (1 Feb – 23 Mar): Glasgow Women’s library, touring from Castlefield Gallery
2018        (May – October) The Art of Magic, touring group exhibition (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)
2018        Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2017        Castlefield Gallery, The Manchester Contemporary
2016        Excuse Me While I am Changing, Rogue Projects Space, Manchester
2016        New Work, The Manchester Contemporary
2016        Women Artists from 1861 -2015, Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale
2016        Manchester Histories Festival, Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale
2015        For Posterity, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2015        People and Process: A history of Salts Mill, Salts Mill, Saltaire
2015        Film Screening of The Last Yarn, St. Asaph Cathedral, Wales.
2014        GodsbridgeX, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
2013        Anual 2013 La Escocesa, Barcelona
2013        Not Just for Christmas, The Contemporary Art Society North, PS Mirabel, Manchester
2013        Neo:Graduates show, 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


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        3 month print residency, Neo Artists Studios, Bolton
2015        1 year research residency, Touchstone Museum and Art Gallery Archive, Rochdale
2013        3 week collaborative residency, -TO-AND-FRO- Rogue Project Space, Manchester.
2013        1 year residency, AA2A Manchester School of Art, Manchester
2013        1 month Studio residency, La Escocesa Studios, Barcelona
2012        1 month collaborative residency, Armley Mills, Leeds
2008-11     3-year studio residency, Ackworth School, West Yorkshire


2018        (June – November) Selected artist for Dialogues5 with Mark Devereaux Projects
2018        (July – December) Recipient of a 2018 a-n Professional Development Bursary
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.  Review 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        Works printed in ‘Retroactivity and Contemporary Art’, by Craig Staff. Bloomsbury
2015        ‘The Event of The Thread’, limited edition artist book. Mid Pennine Arts
2013        Cloth & Memory {2}, Exhibition Catalogue, eds. Lesley Miller


2017        Folklore Tapes, The Folklore of Plants, (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, 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