2022 Articulations, The National Festival of Making, (Blackburn, UK)
2019 Ruth Barker, Hannah Leighton-Boyce & Jackie Kay, Glasgow Women’s Library (Glasgow, UK)
2018 Dreaming of Dead Fish, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, (Warrington, UK)
2018 Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Castlefield Gallery (Manchester, UK)
2016 Instruments of Industry, Touchstones Museum & Art Gallery (Rochdale, UK)
2014 The Event of The Thread, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum (Rossendale, UK)
2012 Standing at the Gates, Ackworth School (Ackworth, UK)
2011 Marking time, Weaving place, Brass Gallery (Leeds, UK)


2022 Index of Convalescence, Compassionate attention (After Yvonne Rainer)
2022 Drawn In, Turnpike Gallery (Leigh,UK)
2021 The Position of the Sun in the Sky, curated by Bridget Finn, White Columns Online (New York, USA)
2019 Rogue Women, Rogue Artists’ Studios (Manchester, UK)
2019 Personal Structures PAPER Pavilion, Palazzo Mora Venice Biennale (Venice, IT)
2019 Major Conversations: The Industrial Narrative – The Turnpike (Leigh, UK)
2019 Each Toward The Other, Bury Sculpture Centre (Bury, UK)
2019 Manifestation, Rogue Artists’ Studios (Manchester, UK)
2019 NOT PHOTOGRAPHY, Bankley Studios & Gallery (Manchester, UK)
2019 Major Conversations: The Industrial Narrative – Group Show, Platform A (Middlesborough, UK)
2019 Harry Meadley – ‘But what if we tried? (Touchstones, Rochdale)
2018 Bankley Open Call, Bankley Gallery (Manchester, UK)
2018 Manifesto, Rogue Studios (Manchester, UK)
2018 The NewBridge Project, NewBridge Projects (Newcastle, UK)
2018 The Art of Magic, [touring] curated by Folklore Tapes & Museum of Witchcraft and Magic (Boscastle UK)
2017 Castlefield Gallery at The Manchester Contemporary (Manchester, UK)
2016 Excuse Me While I am Changing, Rogue Projects Space (Manchester, UK)
2016 New Work at The Manchester Contemporary (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)
2014 GodsbridgeX, The Bowes Museum (Barnard Castle, UK)
2013 Anual 2013, La Escocesa (Barcelona, ES)
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 (Manchester, UK)
2013 If not here, where, Didsbury Parsonage (Manchester, UK)
2013 TESTBED, Lionel Dobie Project (Manchester, UK)
2013 Hand-made Futures, Contact Theatre/Blank Media Collective (Manchester, UK)
2013 Through, neo:gallery22 (Bolton, UK)
2013 The Frost Art Museum Drawing Project, The Frost Museum, (Miami, USA)
2011 CUBE Open 2011, CUBE Gallery (Manchester, UK)
2011 Workhouse, Hive Gallery (Manchester, UK)
2011 Cartograph, The Brass Gallery (Leeds, UK)


2022 The Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Grant
2021 Clare Winsten Award
2021 Gilbert Bayes Scholarship Award
2021 Felix Slade Scholarship
2021 Develop Your Creative Practice, Arts Council England
2019 The Artists Information Company, Mentoring Award
2018 The Artist Information Company, Professional Development Award
2016 Finalist: Best Production, Exhibition, or Cultural Event Award, Creative Rochdale Borough Awards
2014 New Opportunities Award: Selected by New Expressions 3, CVAN, VASW
2014 Project Grants,Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England


2022 The CoLab BODY and PLACE residency, Owlpen Manor (Gloucestershire, UK)
2022 Art in Manufacturing (2020-2022), Darwen Terracotta & Faience, The Festival of Making, (Blackburn, UK)
2021 Hospitalfield Interdisciplinary Group Residency (Arbroath, UK)
2017 Glasgow Women’s Library (Glasgow, UK)
2017 The Penthouse Curfew Tower residency, INSIDE|OUT with Juliet Davis-Dufayard (County Antrim, N. Ireland, UK)
2016 Print Studio Residency, Neo Artists (Bolton, UK)
2016 TO-AND-FRO- Rogue Project Space (Manchester, UK)
2013 AA2A Manchester School of Art (Manchester, UK)
2013 La Escocesa Studios, joint residency with Mary Stark (Barcelona, Spain)
2010 Ackworth School (2008-2010) (West Yorkshire, UK)


2022 Creative Lives Collboration with Bridget O’Gorman, (Sheffield, UK)
2022 (- present), The Incidental Unit
2022 (- present), Para-lab Manchester
2019 INGEST/digest/excrete, curatorial Project by Nicole Morris & Maria de Lima. Broadcast on Artlicks Weekend Radio (London, UK)
2018 ‘Not somewhere else, but here’ performance with Juliet Davis-Dufayard, ‘Slowing, Still: foregrounding process in performance practices'(conference), Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham, UK)
2017 Not somewhere else, but here, with Juliet Davis-Dufayard with Cushendall residents. IMPOSE/LIFT Curfew Tower residency. (County Antrim, N. Ireland, UK)


2022 Compassionate attention (After Yvonne Rainer) , Open Screen, SEESAW (Manchester, UK)
Compassionate attention (After Yvonne Rainer) , New North Road Salon (Huddersfield, UK)


2023 Case study: The Event of the Thread (2014) used as an example of socially engaged art practice for the Arts and Public Health module in the Master of Public Health, University of Manchester
Index of Convalescence, Compassionate attention (After Yvonne Rainer) 
2021 2021 INGEST/digest/excrete, curatorial Project by Nicole Morris & Maria de Lima
2020 Soanyway Magazine Issue 7 (Online)
2019 Personal Structures -Identities, Venice 2019 Art Biennial (European Cultural Centre, Italy)
2019 The Fourdrinier, Hannah Leighton-Boyce: Consequences of progress, remnants for the future, by Sara Jaspan (Salford, UK)
2019 The Art of Magic, Folklore Tapes (Lancashire, UK)
2018 Retroactivity and Contemporary Art, by Dr. Craig Staff. Published by Bloomsbury
2015 The Event of The Thread, limited edition artist book. Mid Pennine Arts
2015 Drawing Paper 8, Liverpool
2013 Cloth & Memory {2}, Exhibition Catalogue, eds. Lesley Miller


2019 Each Toward the Other, Corridor 8, Derek Horton
2019 Hannah Leighton-Boyce: Consequences of progress, remnants for the future, The Fourdrinier, Sara Jaspan
2018 The Museum of the Year Shortlist – Glasgow Women’s Library, The Guardian, by Jackie Kay
2018 Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce, thisistomorrow, Selina Oakes
2018 More energy than object, more force than form, MAP Issue/ #43, Jazmine Linklater (review)
2018 Turning around and back again, ART511 Mag, Lauren Velvick
2018 Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Corridor8, Miles Knapp
2016 The Event of the Thread, The Journal of Modern Craft Volume 9, 2016 – Issue 2, Lynn Setterington
2016 Instruments of Industry, a-n, Jack Welsh (interview)
2016 A Chorus of Objects, Corridor 8, by Dr. Laura Mansfield
2016 Watching, Waiting, Making, Embroidery Magazine, June Hill
2015 The Event of the Thread Axisweb Spotlight feature
2015 Some thoughts on multiple lifeworlds: identity, culture & politics, Dr Iain Biggs
2015 Drawing Paper 8, Liverpool
2014 The Event of The Thread, Creative Tourist, Sheila McGregor
2014 Revolution I: Industrialisation, Artist as Archaeologist, Owl Projects Blog, Annie Carpenter
2014 Spotlight – MA Award, TEXT Journal, Volume 41


Private collections – UK and USA
Public Collections – The University of Salford Art Collection, UK; Touchstones Art Gallery, UK; Salts Mill, UK; Ackworth Quaker School, UK
Books/Publication: 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


2017 The Folklore of Plants Vol.1, Folklore Tapes (various artists)
2017 Instruments of Industry Vol.1, 10” with gatefold sleeve. Industrial Folklore Tapes 


2022 Sculpture, Multiplicity, Uniqueness – In Conversation with Katie Schwab, BAS9 The Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester, UK)
2021 Contemporary Artists and Barbara Hepworth, Hepworth Research Network: University of York, University of Huddersfield and The Hepworth Gallery
2021 In Conversation with Tiago Duarte, Conversas à Quinta, SOS Arte PT, (Lisbon, PT)
2019 In Conversation: Each Toward the Other, with Derek Horton, Bury Sculpture Centre (Bury, UK)
2018 Digital Cultures Network, Abandon Normal Devices & Digital Cultures Network, (Manchester, UK)
2018 Jamboree organised by LOW PROFILE, Dartington Hall Estate (Devon, UK)
2018 Castlefield Gallery Associates, Castlefield Gallery (Manchester, UK)
2018 Panel discussion, Castlefield Gallery with Adele Patrick (Glasgow Women’s Library), Lindsay Taylor (University of Salford Art Collection), Helen Wewiora (Director), Matthew Pendergast (Curator)
2016 TOMA (The Other MA) – Metal (Southend on Sea, UK)
2016 Drawing Matters Symposium, Paper: ‘So the line was always there in the beginning?’ York St John’s University
2013 Cloth and the translation of memory, panel discussion with Lesley Millar, Salts Mill (Saltaire, UK)
2013 The Cornerhouse, (Manchester, UK)
2012 MA Student Symposium: The Space between idea and material, Manchester School of Art (Manchester, UK)
2011 Leeds Psychogeography Group. Leeds University (Leeds, UK)


2021-ongoing The Slade School of Fine Art, studying toward MFA Fine Art Sculpture (Currently interrupted due to health reasons)
2005 Winchester School of Art, 1:1 BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design
2004 Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo, Japan – Visiting student


2020 Manchester Metropolitan University, PGCert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education – Distinction
2020 FHEA – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2018-2022 School of Arts and Media, The University of Salford, Hourly Paid Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fine Art
2017-2020 Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Part-time Associate Lecturer, MA Textiles in Practice
2011-2018 Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University,Part- time Associate Lecturer and, BA Textiles in Practice, BA (Hons) Creative Practice
2013-2015 University of Salford, School of Arts and Media,Hourly Paid Lecturer, Critical and Contextual Studies
2014-2015 Open College of the Arts, University for the Creative Arts, Personal Tutor, Textiles and Drawing
2013-2014 Liverpool Hope University, Part-time lecturer  (Maternity cover) BA (Hons) Design-Textiles                              


2021 Online Permaculture for Artist and Creatives, Small thinngs, Liz Postlethwaite (Manchester, UK)
2021 Roots Deeper than Whiteness: building emotional strength & political clarity for collective liberation, White Awake (USA)
2021 Facilitation for Positive Change, Change in Nature (Stroud, UK)
2021 Co-op Committee/Governing body training, Confederation of Co-operative Housing (Liverpool, UK)
2020 Online Facilitation Training, Change in Nature (Stroud, UK)
2020 Principles and Governance of Cooperative Housing, The Hive Co-op Academy (Manchester, UK)
2018 Lost Wax/ Investment Casting with Scartworks Bronze casting foundry, AN Professional Development Bursary.
2018 4-day Experimental Casting workshop with Neil Brownsword, British Ceramics Biennial, Staffordshire University
2017 2-day Casting & Mould Making workshop,  Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
2017 Permaculture Design (1 year course), Northern School of Permaculture
2004 1-2-1 training with Katazome Master TAKAI, Nobuyuki, Shizouka, Japan