Contact/About

Photo by Eleanor Bentall

Contact: mail@sarahannant.com

https://www.instagram.sarahannant

Sara Hannant’s photographic practice is open to the unexpected, the uncanny, and the unseen. Her work is informed and transformed by witchcraft, magic, and folklore. She recognises the diverse expressive qualities of photography and uses analogue, digital, and alternative processes.

Recent award-winning work includes Anima (2023), Dark Solace (2022) and Force Fields (2021), which investigate the enchanted materiality of found magic lantern slides. Her series Betwixt, selected by Alice Gabriner for Best in Show, International Photography Award (2021) depicts children interacting with imaginary photographic worlds.

Sara’s book, Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic (Strange Attractor Press, 2017), with museum director Simon Costin, reveals magical artifacts emerging from the darkness. Her long-term project Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, became a Horniman Museum touring exhibition and book (Merrell, 2011).

In Numinous (2013), commissioned by Forty Hall Museum, she conjures visual folk magic with votive rags removed from a Cornish sacred well, which inspired her installation at the inaugural Magickal Women Conference 2019 in London. Lunation (2019) commissioned by Moon Festival, offers a multi-layered response to Londoner’s stories about the moon. Her ongoing series Your House is on Fire, uses fire to redefine fairytale images of ‘persecuted heroines’.

Sara began her practice in the documentary photography tradition, working for international NGOs, UK charities, newspapers and magazines. She also curated exhibitions, ran community darkrooms, led photography workshops and contributed to The King’s Fund leadership programme for over twenty years.

She studied Art and Design in the Social Context at Dartington Art College (1984-6), Documentary Photography at Newport (1986-88), and Transnational Art at the University of the Arts London (2010). From 2010-2024, she lectured at City, University of London. She has also lectured at London Metropolitan University, Supernormal, Walburg Institute, Conway Hall, and NYU.

‘Sara Hannant shows a keen eye for the unexpected but never allows that to detract from her subjects. Some of the images have a spontaneous immediacy while others introduce more depth and measured aesthetic – unfussy and beautifully shot.’ Gervase Gordon, London Art.

RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Lunation: Stories of the Moon, Charlton House, London
2017 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, Museum of Oxford
2016 Of Shadows, Lo and Behold, London
2016 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, The Beacon Museum, Cumbria
2014 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, Forty Hall Museum and Gardens, London
2013 Numinous, Forty Hall Estate and Gardens, London
2013 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, Cecil Sharp House, London
2013 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock
2012-11 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, Horniman Museum, London    

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024 Salon/24, Photofusion, London
2024 20th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona 
2024 The Royal Photographic Society International Exhibition (IPE) 164, Museum of Gloucester
2023 A State of Consciousness, ProfiFoto@Arles, Galerie La Grande Vitrine, Arles, France
2023 The Royal Photographic Society International Exhibition (IPE) 164, Bristol 
2022 7th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography and 3rd Barcelona Foto Biennale, FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona 
2022 Trans-States: The Art of Deception, University of Northampton
2022 17th Pollux Awards Exhibition, FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona 
2022 IPA Best of Show, House of Lucie, Budapest
2021 Unsettling Landscapes: The Art of the Eerie, St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Hampshire
2021 Shutter Hub Open 2021, St Margaret’s House, London
2021 Salon/21, Photofusion, London
2020 The Seasons: Art of the Unfolding Year, St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Hampshire 
2020 Enchanted Environments: Eco-Criticism and Folklore Studies, Art House, Worcester
2019 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona
2019 Trans-States: The Art of Revelation, University of Northampton
2019 Women Photographers Now, Valid Foto Gallery, Barcelona
2019 12th Pollux Awards, Valid Foto Gallery, Barcelona
2019-18 Women in Focus, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Cardiff
2018 The Shutter Hub Open Old Truman Brewery, London
2018 Because We Can! Pil’ours International Festival, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France
2018 Time and Tradition, Time Unwrapped 2018, Kings Place, London
2018-17 The Witchcraft Exhibition, The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, London
2017 Salon/17, Photofusion, London
2016 The Ballad of British Folklore Christie’s, London Collective Observations: Folklore and Photography from Benjamin Stone to Flickr, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne 
2016 Trans-States: The Art of Crossing Over, The University of Northampton    
2015 PX3 Winners 2015, Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, France
2013 Royal Anthropological Institute Anthropology and Photography Conference, British Museum, London
2014 I:MAGE 2014 – Travelling with Unfamiliar Spirits, The Cob Gallery, London    
2013 Photography Alumni Exhibition City Campus, University of Wales, Gwent
2012 Collective Observations: Folklore and Photography from Benjamin Stone to Flickr, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne 

Collections

Horniman Museum, London
Museum of British Folklore, UK
Westminster Arts Council, London
Royal Brompton and Harefield Arts, London
Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Arts and Natural History, London
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Cardiff

Recent Awards and Nominations

2023 Siena Creative Photo Awards, Fine Art: Experimental, Shortlisted
2023 20th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Professional Cell Phone Series, Winner
2022 19th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Alternative Processes Series, Winner
2022 18th Pollux Awards, Alternative Processes, Series, Winner
2022 17th Pollux Awards, Alternative Processes, Series, Winner
2022 18th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Alternative Processes, Series, Runner-up
2021 17th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Alternative Processes, Series, Runner-up
2021 Selected Best of Show International Photography Awards, IPA Jury Top 5 and Country Pick: United Kingdom
2021 International Photography Awards, Professional Analog/Film, Other, 2nd Place
2021 PX3 – Prix de la Photographie, Paris, Fine Art, Nature, Honourable Mention
2020 15th Pollux Awards, Alternative Processes Series, Winner
2020 Siena Creative Photo Awards 2020, Shortlist
2019 British Photography Awards, Documentary Photography, Shortlist
2019 British Life Photography Awards 2018, Urban Life, Documentary Series, and Photojournalism, Shortlist

Full CV available on request