Lives and works in Manchester, 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)
2010 Mapping Movement, The Bowery (Leeds, UK)


2021 The Position of the Sun in the Sky, curated by Bridget Finn, White Columns Online (New York, US)
2019 /DIGEST/ Curatorial Project by Nicole Morris & Maria de Lima. Broadcast on Artlicks Weekend Radio (London, UK) 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)
2012 MA Show, Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester, UK)
2011 CUBE Open 2011, CUBE Gallery (Manchester, UK)
2011 Workhouse, Hive Gallery (Manchester, UK)
2011 Cartograph, The Brass Gallery (Leeds, UK)


2018 Professional Development Award, AN – Artist Information Company 
2016 Nomination: Best Production, Exhibition, or Cultural Event Award, Creative Rochdale Borough Awards
2014 New Opportunities Award: Selected by New Expressions 3, Contemporary Visual Arts Newwork, Visual Arts South West
2014 Grants for the Arts funding for The Event of the Thread, Arts Council England
2010 Postgraduate Masters funding, The Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship
2013 MA Award, Neo:Artists


2017 Glasgow Women’s Library (Glasgow, UK)
2017 The Penthouse Curfew Tower residency with Juliet Davis-Dufayard (County Antrim, N. Ireland, UK)
2016 Print Studio Residency, Neo Artists (Bolton, UK) 2013 TO-AND-FRO- Rogue Project Space (Manchester, UK)
2013 AA2A Manchester School of Art (Manchester, UK)
2013 La Escocesa Studios (Barcelona, Spain)


2020 Soanyway Magazine Issue 7 (Online)
2019 Personal Structures -Identities, Venice 2019 Art Biennial (European Cultural Centre, Italy)
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