Postcards from Great Britain launches in Haarlem on 05 March 2020 at the city’s famous Hotel Lion d’Or

© Sara Hannant, Ancient crocodile, London, 2018

Postcards from Great Britain is a largescale project from Shutter Hub, inviting photographers to share their visions of British culture through photographic images and create conversations and exchange. Pop-up exhibitions will be held in locations across Europe, with related events, showcasing thousands of postcard-sized images. 

In a significant time in European history this project sets out to document and share aspects of British culture, spanning all genres of photography, and collating images which include social, political, historical, traditional and observational responses.

Enchanted Environments Exhibition  

29 February – 11 April

The Art House, Castle Street, University of Worcester

The exhibition will include works by Clive Hicks Jenkins, Sara Hannant, Folklore Tapes, Eleanor Mulhearn and many more…

Manchester Folk Horror Festival III

14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE

Sat, 1 Feb, 13:00 – Sun, 2 Feb, 03:30

The Manchester Folk Horror Festival returns for a third year, calling out to those brave souls blessed and able enough to know folk horror when they see it. This year, the umbrella widens into further reaches of esoterica, as we consider our ‘Invisible Neighbours’ and pay heed to hitherto ‘Hidden Devotions’. A broad animism can be observed within the boundaries of our experience—culturally, socially, biologically and imaginally.

With 2020 comes a new sensibility; the conclusion, that the super-normal is in fact entering our every day lives. From 80’s pop singers acting as the vessel for oracular wisdom, to statues of Moloch in the Vatican, to the obscure traditions of spirit propitiation on the banks of the Ribble, we now sit cheek to jowl with the liminal.

Artists have been approached who look to evoke to one degree or another, something of the incomprehensible consciousness, of that which is supposed without perception.  Artists and contributors include COMMON EIDER KING, Mark Pilkington AKA THOUGHT UNIVERSE, SPIRITUALIST CHURCH///Symphony, TARAS BULBA, ROTTEN BLISS, WATERFLOWER is artist Sabine Moore’s audiovisual performance project, CHELSEA HARE, ECKA MORDECAI, THE FATES Led by Manchester punk icon Una Baines, THE BEGOTTEN, EMILY OLDFIELD, FLANGE CIRCUS, PHIL LEGARD, SARA HANNANT, CHRISTOPHER JOSIFFE and STRANGER THAN LIFE DRAWING with BECCA SMITH

Everyday Delight.

5 December – 28 February 2020

Free Space Project
Kentish Town Health Centre
2 Bartholomew Road

Shutter Hub have teamed up with Free Space Project to bring EVERYDAY DELIGHT – an exhibition all about looking for the joy in the small things, finding the magic in what might at first appear mundane, and discovering the beauty in the everyday.It’s there, but you might not always be able to see it.In a world where we seem to have more to worry about every day it’s not always easy to find the positive view, but Shutter Hub are hoping that this collaboration with Free Space Project, and the collation of over 100 images, will give viewers something to think about and to focus on temporarily, and perhaps to come away seeing things differently.

Everyday Delight

Featured on the Guardian 

Lunation has been selected by the jurors Elizabeth Avedon, Rebecca Richardson, and Analy Werbin for exhibition in the professional section of the 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award.  The exhibition will be held at the Gallery Foto Nostrum in Barcelona, from March 4 to March 28, 2020.

Charlton House

Charlton Rd
London SE7 8RE

22 July – 18 August 2019

What does the moon mean to you? How does it make you feel? What memories do you associate with the moon?

As part of 2019’s debut Moon Festival, a team of young community researchers collected tales of the moon from people of diverse ages, backgrounds and experiences in Woolwich, Greenwich and Charlton.  Their mission was to capture what our earth’s lunar satellite means to people who live and work across the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The portrait of Laura Victoria and the series Oracles have both received Honorary Mentions in the 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Award.  The exhibition, selected by Elizabeth Biondi, will be held at the FotoNostrum Gallery in Barcelona from October 9 – November 17, 2019.

Trans-States: The Art of Revelation, University of Northampton 13-14 September 

The first Trans- States conference, The Art of Crossing Over, themed itself upon the Major Arcana card, The Hanged Man, and focused solely on boundary crossing, liminality and the queering of normativity. This upcoming Trans-States conference, The Art of Revelation, themes itself upon The Tower. As such, it seeks to broaden its scope to include the shock and awe of revelatory and paradigm-shifting occultural experiences; the impact and implications of anti-structure, of alterations in consciousness and of the revolutionary aspects of paranormality.

This is a transdisciplinary conference that will explore the complex interrelationships between contemporary occulture, revelation, non-ordinary states of consciousness, power, structure, textuality and deconstruction.

My retelling of the Cinderella Ladybird Book Cinderella: Your House is on  Fire was on show during the conference as part of the group exhibition.

Magickal Women Conference   

65 Queen’s Gate, London, SW7 5JS

The Magickal Women Conference pays homage to the women of the past who challenged the status quo by embracing mysticism, esotericism, and occult teachings, and to the women who continue those rich traditions through lived practice, performance, and adeptship.  I am delighted to be contributing an interactive art installation to this event.

Wild Hunt: London Conference focuses on Magickal Women by Liz Williams June 6, 2019

Interview with Folk Horror Revival, May 2, 2019 


Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG. email or call 020 7520 1440.

My images will be projected in the foyer during the Time and Tradition weekend. 

I aim to capture the excitement and mystery of seasonal rites, revealing costumed processions, fire rituals, traditional dances and mumming plays held in rural and urban locations. Many of these customs represent the rhythms and cycles of Nature throughout the wheel of the year.  My book and exhibition, from which these projected images are part, celebrates a vibrant and evolving traditional culture that honours our connection with the seasons, the land and community.

British Life Photography Awards have shortlisted Women in Folk for the Documentary Series & Photojournalist Award and Lewes Bonfire Grand Parade for the Urban Life Award.

Numinous has received an Honorable Mention in the 12th Pollux Award Juried by Philip Brookman, Consulting Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington. The work will be exhibited in Gallery Valid Foto in Barcelona May 8th – 25th 2019. 

Cinderella: Your House is on Fire has received an Honorable Mention in the 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award.  The jurors were Andrea Star-Reese, Julia Fullerton-Batten and Laura Pannack.  The work will be shown at Gallery Valid Foto in Barcelona May 8th – 25th 2019.

I have been nominated for the Hundred Heroines.  The final Hundred Heroines, the list of women from across the world whose work is transforming photography today, is announced by The Royal Photographic Society on 14thDecember 2018. The date marks one hundred years to the day since some British women first voted in a general election. Hundred Heroines, and in turn The Royal Photographic Society, celebrates both this key centenary and the significant contribution women are making globally to photography, this most universal and accessible of visual media.

My photograph of The Druid Order, Autumn Equinox, London has been shortlisted for Documentary category of the 2019 British Photography Award.  The award is open for public vote until Thursday 15 November. The winner of each category will be announced on Monday 28 January 2019 at London’s Savoy Hotel in its inaugural awards ceremony.

You can vote for my work on the British Photography Awards website.


Imbolc celebration, Marsden, West Yorkshire.  

The new book Birch (Reaktion Books 2018) by the ethnobotanist Anna Lewington includes my photograph of an Imbolc celebration in West Yorkshire.

Elegant and beautiful, rich in history and supremely useful, birches (Betula spp.) have played an extraordinary yet largely unrecognized part in shaping both our natural environment and the material culture and beliefs of millions of people around the world. For thousands of years they have given people of the northern forests and beyond raw materials in the form of leaves, twigs, branches and bark, as well as wood and sap, not simply to survive but to flourish and express their identity in practical and spiritual ways. Tough, water-proof and flexible, birch bark has been used for everything from basketry and clothing to housing and transport, musical instruments and medicines, as well as the means to communicate and record sacred beliefs: some of our most ancient Buddhist texts and other historic documents are written on birch bark scrolls.

The Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 will open on 4th October at The Old Truman Brewery in London.

11 Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6QR

4 – 9 October 2018

Private View Thursday 4 October, 6-9pm (RSVP to


Part of Photomonth East London International Photography Festival, the OPEN brings together international photographers in a selected exhibition, celebrating the future of photography through diverse and creative imagery.

Women in Focus

Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales

Cathays Park, Cardiff

5 May 20189 June 2019

Part One: Women Behind the Lens

Women in Focus is a year-long exhibition that explores the role of women in photography, both as producers and subjects of images. The exhibition draws on works from the permanent photographic collections at Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales and comprises two parts:

Burning effigy of David Cameron, Cliffe Bonfire, Lewes, Sussex

Part One: Women Behind the Lens celebrates the role and contribution of women throughout the history of photography, from the first pioneering women photographers in Wales, Mary Dillwyn and Thereza Mary Dillwyn Llewelyn, to emerging contemporary practitioners including Chloe Dewe Mathews, Bieke Depoorter, Clementine Schneidermann and Sara Hannant.

Women in Focus has been programmed to coincide with the centenary of the Representation of the People’s Act 1918, which enabled some women over the age of 30 the right to vote for the first time. This Act marked a key moment in the fight for universal suffrage.

Because We Can!

Festival Pil’ours International Festival of professional women photographers, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France
Festival Pil’ours is an annual international festival of photography showcasing the work of women photographers from around the world.  Sara Hannant will be exhibiting with Shutter Hub who have been invited to bring a group exhibition of female-identifying photographers work to the festival.

The festival exhibitions will run from 8th July – 31st August 2018

The outdoor exhibition sites are spread throughout the Pays de St Gilles Croix de Vie.

Why are we doing this? Because we can!

100 years ago the Representation of the People Act gave some women in Britain the right to vote.  Throughout the years we’ve all benefited enormously from the revolutionary courage of those women. The inspiring and tireless work of many women and men, for women’s rights continues to this day.


What are you crying for? 

from my series Cinderella: Your House is on Fire

has been selected for Salon/17


17A Electric Lane

Exhibition 9th December – 13th January 2018

INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS OUR MISSION: TO SALUTE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE WORLD’S FINEST PHOTOGRAPHERS, TO DISCOVER NEW AND EMERGING TALENT, AND TO PROMOTE THE APPRECIATION OF PHOTOGRAPHY.The International Photography Awards™ conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today.


I will be presenting ‘Enchanted encounters: reaffirming a magical heritage’ at the fourth of the RAI’s recent major conferences, organised by the RAI and the BM’s Department for Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and held in the Clore Centre of the British Museum and the Department of Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies. 

Informal enquiries may be made to

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

An exhibition dedicated to Cornwall’s most magical museum featuring photographs by Sara Hannant and a selection of artefacts from Boscastle’s Museum of Witchcraft & Magic.

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History

November 3rd 2017 – June 3rd 2018

Open Wednesday-Sunday 12pm-11pm  
11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP





Occult Humanities Conference 2017

Contemporary Art and Scholarship on the Esoteric Traditions

October 13-15, 2017
34 Stuyvesant St. New York, NY

Hosted by Phantasmaphile and the NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions

The third Occult Humanities Conference is a weekend conference to be held in New York City on October 13-15, 2017. The conference will present a wide array of voices active in the cultural landscape who are specifically addressing the occult tradition through research, scholarship and artistic practice.  I will be presenting images from Of Shadows and speaking about some of the relationships between Witchcraft, Magic and Photography.

LIFE FORCE The Magazine of the Photo Essay.  October Issue, 2017

Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids














I am speaking about Of Shadows as part of the Strange Attractor Talks at SUPERNORMAL 2017. An experimental festival of arts and music, expanding upon new paradigms of what a festival can be. Independent and uncompromising, it champions multi-faceted, exploratory art and music from the underground, margins and fringes to impart inspiring and engaging encounters beyond the everyday and the expected.

Braziers Park, Ipsden, Wallingford, Oxford, OX10 6AN




All about Cinderella: retellings in the cultural imagination Postgraduate Centre, Luton Campus University of Bedfordshire
9th – 10th June 2017

Scholars from around the world at the University of Bedfordshire to explore themes around the Cinderella story.  I will give a presentation on my work Ladybird Cinderella: Your House is on Fire.

Academics from as far afield as America, Canada, Brazil, Turkey and Australia attended the conference called All About Cinderella: retellings in a cultural imagination at the University’s Luton campus.

During the conference the guests, who specialised in a variety of disciplines, including literature, dance, theatre and film, explored the popular Cinderella story and how different cultures interpreted the myth in different ways.

They also debated how the classic fairy tale is retold by every generation through story, film, dance, pantomime and music, and discussed how the story asked questions about gender stereotyping, female identity and femininity.

At the centre of the conference was a selection of items from the collection of Cinderella memorabilia donated to the University by an anonymous donor – it was this collection, held in the library at the Bedford campus, which inspired the conference.

Conference convenor Dr Nicola Darwood, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University, said: “We were delighted to welcome scholars from around the world and it was a privilege to hear so many speakers on such a variety of aspects of the Cinderella story.

We had two days of fascinating papers and interesting conversations, and I hope that a number of international and interdisciplinary collaborations will arise from the conference.”

Ritual ‘Litter’ Redressed: The heritage of contemporary deposits at the University of Hertfordshire

Water, Wish 2, 2013
Earth, Wish 4, 2014
Fire, Wish 4, 2014

I am speaking about Numinous at a one-day workshop ‘Ritual ‘Litter’ Redressed: The heritage of contemporary deposits’.

A one-day workshop inviting scholars, heritage specialists, site managers and interested members of the public to explore the material culture and heritage of contemporary deposits.  

The workshop is organised by Dr Ceri Houlbrook from the University of Hertfordshire and will explore the heritage of the contemporary deposit, defined here as any tangible item placed in a public space with no obvious intention of retrieval.  

The aim of the workshop will be to promote a renegotiation of the term ‘ritual litter’ and to foster a dialogue between academics (from a wide range of disciplines including history, archaeology, anthropology, folklore) researching contemporary deposits, and heritage specialists and site managers, who tackle the practical issues surrounding such depositions.

There is a perceived schism between the researcher’s approach to these objects (as ‘material culture’, ‘ritual artefacts’, ‘empirical data’), and how they are sometimes viewed and treated within the heritage sector (as ‘litter’, ‘waste’, ‘vandalism’).

However, this schism is not always evident, and successful collaborations have taken place between researchers and site managers. The workshop’s primary objectives are to explore such collaborations, address problems, and exchange ideas on the management of contemporary deposits.  Speakers include Christine Finn, author of ‘Leaving more than footprints’: Modern votive offerings at Chaco Canyon prehistoric site’, Antiquity, 71, (1997), and Andrew Foley, National Trust Ranger for Wayland’s Smithy.

Folklore from the Cradle to the Grave: FLS AGM conference 2017

Numinous, Air, Wish 1, 2014

Sara Hannant will be speaking at “Folklore from the Cradle to the Grave”.  The Folklore Society’s AGM conference 2017, 31st March -2nd April,  jointly hosted with Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland, and Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh.  Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR. 




Caught by The River will be returning in March to The Horse Hospital – this time teaming up with Strange Attractor Press.

Monday 20th March, Doors 7pm Tickets in advance £10


Strange Attractor began in 2001 as a series of events at the very same Horse Hospital.  Since then, they’ve published numerous brilliant works on neglected and esoteric cultural, historical and anthropological themes, by authors such as David Keenan, John Doran (the Quietus) and Tom Bolton, among many others.

Our collaborative March event will feature: Sara Hannant and Simon Costin discussing, as documented by their recently published book Of Shadows.  

Christopher Josiffe relating the bizarre tale of Gef, the ‘talking mongoose’ or ‘man-weasel’ – said to have the ability to talk in several languages, to sing, to steal objects from nearby farms and to eavesdrop on local people – who allegedly appeared in the home of an Isle of Man farming family in the 1930s.

Artist and Gossamer Days author Eleanor Morgan, who has spent a decade working with spiders and their silk, examining the strange, centuries long entanglement between humans and spiders – from gun sights to sticky tunics via acoustic lures, royal underwear and the mystery of the disappearing spider goats.

Once again, silver-tongued Poets-in-Residence Will Burns and Martha Sprackland will both put in an appearance. DJ on the night will be Strange Attractor’s Mark Pilkington, and our very own John Andrews will be taking on MC duties.

Shirley Collins: Lodestar (live)

18 February 2017 at the Barbican

One of the most important voices in British Folk, silenced for years by illness, singer and song collector Shirley Collins performs music from and inspired by her first release in nearly 40 years, Lodestar, alongside visuals by Nick Abrahams including my photographs. Before Shirley takes to the stage, special guest musicians and dancers including Alasdair Roberts, John Kirkpatrick, Graham Coxon, Lisa Knapp, Olivia Chaney, the Brighton Morris Men and Boss Morris will pay homage to the vocalist, referencing not just her back catalogue, but the Folk songs and traditions that she holds dear.

Lodestar shows that, even at the age of 81, Collins is still pushing the boundaries of what can be done with Folk music. ‘Shirley is a time traveller, a conduit for essential human aches, one of the greatest artists who ever lived, and yet utterly humble’ Stewart Lee

Shirley Collins review – a five-star foray into the darker depths of folk.  The Guardian 05.02.17

“What is wonderful about Lodestar – and this was accentuated in performance – is how absolutely willing it is to embrace the difficult and sinister sides of English folk. Collins opened with Awake Awake, a penitential song from the 1580s about the great earthquake of London, with menacing scenes of ritual burning (Lewes bonfire night) projected on a screen behind her. Without hysteria or overstatement, she reminds us that folksong taps a collective history that we ignore at our peril.”Kate Molleson

Burning effigy of David Cameron, Cliffe Bonfire, Lewes, Sussex, 2010
Burning crosses, Lewes Bonfire Parade, Sussex, 2010

Future dates

4th March – The Sage, Gateshead 
Guests: Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman (Furrow Collective), Boss Morris

23rd April – Safe As Milk Festival @ Pontins Prestatyn Holiday Park, Wales Tickets

29th April – Arts Centre, Warwick 
Guests: John Kirkpatrick, Lisa Knapp, Boss Morris

6th May – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Guests: Alasdair Roberts, Olivia Chaney, Boss Morris

6th May – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool 
Guests: Alasdair Roberts, Olivia Chaney, Boss Morris

Andy Ffrench Celebrating folklorist who collection captured Oxfordshire’s past Oxford Mail 24.03.17


Sara Hannant Protection from the Evil Eye The Countryman 01.02.17

Ronald Hutton Out of the Shadows Fortean Times 01.12.16


Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming

Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.  The cover images were taken by Sara Hannant from her exhibitions Harvest for Health commissioned by Sustain in 2006 and Bread Street in 2004.  Both exhibitions were supported by the Arts Council and Soil Association.

Sara took photographs of the Londonfoodlink Hospital Food Project from ‘field to fork’ including organic farming, food suppliers, transport services and caterers who supply food to London hospitals. The exhibition was launched at City Hall in London and toured to the Maudsley Hospital and the Royal Brompton Hospital where some of the images remain on permanent display. Bread Street was also launched at City Hall and toured to several London venues including Oxford House and Gunnersbury Museum.


Pagan Dawn, Samhain-Winter Solstice No.197 2015

Night at the Museum Pagan Dawn, Samhain-Winter

First Royal Anthropology Institute Salon on December 7, 6 – 8pm at the Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street, W1T 5BT 

Knitted Poppet with Photograph: Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, 2013
Knitted Poppet with Photograph: Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, 2013

The evening, which has been developed by the RAI photography committee, aims to share projects and ideas to create an informal network of interest.  A meeting of minds for those interested in the intersections of anthropology and photography, a group of photographers and researchers (and photographer-researchers, and researcher-photographers) will convene, with wine, to show images, and talk.  Taking a Pecha Kucha format, each participant was asked to bring one image and speak for just three minutes.  I will be speaking about my latest work in ‘Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic’ exemplified with a single image.  

There then, hear now is a radio show broadcast on Resonance FM by Mark Aitken about the relationship between photography and sound.   Aleister Crowley described the potential of magick ritual as, ‘every man and every woman being a star’.  Can the taking of a photograph be recognised as a ritual in itself?  

Friday 2nd December, 9 – 10pm Tonight we delve into Sara Hannant’s book  Of Shadows – One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, published by Strange Attractor Press.  With music by John Zorn, The Incredible String Band, Comus and Black Widow.


London Fortean Society presents

The Haunted Landscape: British Folklore and Ghosts

Saturday 19th November @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

£16 – £20 SOLD OUT

As the days darken the London Fortean Society explores the folklore, ghosts and curses of the British Isles with the one-day symposium The Haunted Landscape. Authors, experts and researchers discuss ghosts, strange beasts and magic. From a talking mongoose to soul birds, moving megaliths in the landscape to witch marks in old buildings; fairy lore and ghosts. Join us at Conway Hall to learn that the green and pleasant land we abide in has dark, strange and chilling other side.

The Museum of Witchcraft was founded in Boscastle, Cornwall in 1960. It explores British magical practice, making comparisons with other systems of belief, from ancient times to the present day. Photographer Sara Hannant and museum director Simon Costin reveal highlights from their forthcoming book ‘Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic’.

lo-poster-hect-32-401x567Friday November 4th 2016

Lo Recordings & state51 present: A Festival Season of Light

6pm until late..

8-10 Rhoda Street London E2 7EF

Lo Recordings in association with state51 are hosting a very special event that celebrates all manner of wonderful things. Alongside live music and screenings, esoteric publishers Strange Attractor Press are presenting Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.  I will be giving a tour of my exhibition of photographs at 6.30pm.

Photobook Fair

As part of Photomonth East London, theprintspace 74 Kingsland Road, E2 8DL are hosting the Photomonth Photobook fair, a collaborative event celebrating the photobook, taking place this Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October from 11am – 5pm, with titles recently released by some of the most exciting, independent publishers who will be showing some of their latest short run publications.

Publishers and photographers taking part in the photobook fair include Hoxton Mini Press, Dewi Lewis Publishing, Trolley Books, Hwaet Books, A&E Photobooks, Chris Dorley-Brown, Giles Duley, Tom & Beth Atkinson, Heather McDonough, Mark Mattock, David Solomons, Homer Sykes, plus many more!

On Sunday at 2.30pm Sara Hannant is giving a talk about her photographs in Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic published by Strange Attractor Press


OF SHADOWS  A haunting exhibition by photographer Sara Hannant launching the publication of her book with Simon Costin, Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.  Published by STRANGE ATTRACTOR PRESS Hallowe’en, 2016.  Sara captures the essence of these carefully selected artefacts including wax dolls, wands, statues, daggers, pendants, robes and amulets, all used in the practice of witchcraft and magic.Ofshadowscover

EXHIBITION EXTENDED 27 October-4 November 2016 LO & BEHOLD 2B Swanfield Street E2 7DS  Mon-Fri 12noon-5pm, Sat-Sun 12noon-6pm

The exhibition is part of Photomonth East London International Photography Festival 2016Photomonth

Photomonth celebrates photography in galleries and venues across East London. The festival aims to demonstrate the diversity of contemporary photography and reach the widest possible audience. Since 2001 Photomonth has become one of the largest and most inclusive festivals in the UK – bringing innovation and inspiration through the Open Call for exhibitions, giving the opportunity for emerging artists to be appreciated in a variety of interesting and unusual spaces alongside leading internationally renowned photographers in galleries and major institutions.



Rumplestilskin, 2013
Rumplestilskin, 2013

Brighton Photo Fringe 2016 is a free city-wide open-access festival of new photography providing a packed programme of exhibitions, talks, screenings, workshops, tours and parties.  The festival provides a chance to explore the city and see what makes photography such a central part of all our lives.

As a culmination of the BPF16 exhibition openings, the  LAUNCH PARTY will be held on 1 October from 9pm at  Alcampo Lounge,  84-86 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JF.  This event is ticketed in order to help BPF raise funds for its programme. Tickets can be purchased online at  All proceeds will go towards continuing the organisation’s support for the photographic community. Tickets £4.50.  The launch will feature projections of  the OPEN16 submissions including work by Sara Hannant from her series, Ladybird, Ladybird.


Trans-States: The Art of Crossing Over is a transdisciplinary conference which will explore representations in contemporary visual culture of boundary crossing, liminality and queerification with specific reference to occultism, mysticism, shamanism and other esoteric and spiritual practices.  Sara Hannant will be speaking about Of Shadows:One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.  Keynote speakers include academics, independent scholars, practitioners and artists such as Dr. Marco Pasi, Alan Moore and Dr. Richard Kacynski.
The School of The Arts trans-statesLogo1
The University of Northampton
Avenue Campus, St George’s Avenue
Northampton, Northamptonshire
An unabashed play on words, a trans- state is, among other things, a coincidentia oppositorum. An alchemical wedding that defines the fixed place, where boundaries are actively transgressed. In many ways, this very undertaking is where the role of the magician, mystic and artist collide. Down at the crossroads, where possibilities are collapsed into actualities, by the wondrous act of a conscious decision: there lies the place of suffering and surrender; of realisation and redemption.


Witchcraft’s Artifacts: An illustrated talk by Sara Hannant April 18th, 2016

Baphomet, Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, 2014

Objects, exuding magic and mystery, emerge from the darkness of Cornwall’s much loved Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. Artist and photographer Sara Hannant has captured the essence of these carefully selected artifacts, which include wax dolls, wands, statues, daggers, pendants, robes and amulets. Some have been displayed at the museum for years, others have long been hidden in its archives. Using her own magical tool, the camera, she found that “it was best to photograph at night. This enabled the objects to emerge from the darkness, where it is said magic begins.” Tonight’s stunning visual lecture shows what her residency revealed.

Sara’s books are Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year and forthcoming Of Shadows, One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.

Talk: £8 Ring 0207 419 8508 or book online here

33 Store Street Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS

Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

Witchcraft’s Artifacts: An illustrated talk   A Bad Witch’s Blog


This is Sara Hannant’s second visit to SELFS, her first being a tour de force on the English Ritual Year. SELFS does not say this lightly: this is a talk you will be wanting to come to. This talk is in advance of the publication of OF SHADOWS: ONE HUNDRED OBJECTS FROM THE MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT AND MAGIC published by Strange Attractor Press

Limited edition prints by Sara Hannant are available at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic  

Seven different photographic prints of magical objects from Of Shadows are available in limited editions of 50.  The photographs are 10 x 10 inches, printed on Fuji Archive Crystal Paper and signed and numbered by the artist.  Prints can be purchased at the museum and at their online shop

Baphomet: Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
Crystal Ball: Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
Cauldron: Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
Mummified Cats: Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
Nail Man Poppet: Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
Ritual Skull: Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

mifaSara Hannant has been awarded an honourable mention in the Moscow International Foto Awards 2016 for her work Numinous which will be exhibited from 20 July – 7 August in Na Kashirke Gallery in Moscow.  MIFA received thousands of great images from 85 different countries.  Entries were judged in Architecture, Advertising, Book, Editorial, Fine Art, Moving Images, Nature, People, Portfolio, Events and Science categories.  MIFA asked the Jury Panel to review each submission based on the following criteria: originality, creativity, composition and most importantly overall impact.   You can check all MIFA’16 Winners here.

Air, Wish 1, 2014
Numinous: Air, Wish 1, 2014
Earth Wish 1, 2014
Earth Wish 1, 2014










Witchcraft’s Artifacts: An illustrated talk   A Bad Witch’s Blog


This is Sara Hannant’s second visit to SELFS, her first being a tour de force on the English Ritual Year. SELFS does not say this lightly: this is a talk you will be wanting to come to. This talk is in advance of the publication of OF SHADOWS: ONE HUNDRED OBJECTS FROM THE MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT AND MAGIC published by Strange Attractor Press

‘If you really must understand this world, first you must stand upon your head.’ Cecil Williamson, founder of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.

Objects, exuding magic and mystery, emerge from the darkness of Cornwall’s much loved Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. Artist and photographer Sara Hannant has captured the very essence of these carefully selected artifacts, which include wax dolls, wands, statues, daggers, pendants, robes and amulets, all used in the practice of witchcraft and magic. Some have been displayed at the museum for years, others have long been hidden in its archives.

Says Hannant: “It was best to photograph at night. This enabled the objects to emerge from the darkness, where it is said magic begins. Superstition and magic have encircled photography from the beginning. In many cultures, the word for photography/photographer translates as ‘soul taker’, ‘shadow catcher’, or ‘face stealer’. The camera itself was perceived as a magical object, and photographs were thought to possess supernatural powers.”

The talk will start at 8 pm in the upstairs room of the Old King’s Head, off Borough High Street. It will cost £3/1.50 concs


Hollyman, The Lion's Part Plough Monday celebrations, Bankside, London, 2007
Hollyman, The Lion’s Part Plough Monday celebrations, Bankside, London, 2007

Photography, Folklore and some Confusions

1 July 2015, 6 pm

At the Warburg Institute, Woburn Square London WCIH OAB

Sara Hannant photographer and author of Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year and Doc Rowe photographer and author May Day: The Coming of Spring

The lecture is free and open to all. To book, email or phone 0207 862 8564

10734070_825869074129282_1541677938960744891_oBBC Mark Forrest Evening Show interview with Sara Hannant 08.07.15  The country is filled with unusual little events and ceremonies.
Sara Hannant is a photographer who loves capturing them…
She has a book “Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year”and a touring exhibition of the images…

Calendar Customs and Seasonal Events Conference 

26-28 June 2015, at the University of Exeter, Students’ Guild, Devon

Cal_Cust_flyerFrom New Year’s mummers to Xmas carol singing, wassailing to well dressing, Easter eggs to Halloween lanterns, calendar customs and seasonal events mark the rhythm of the year and celebrate festive occasions in many different ways — some old, some new, and all subject to change over time. This conference will look at a variety of customs and traditions associated with the calendar and changing seasons.

Speakers: Stephen Banks, Tom Brown, Helen Frisby, Alice Gilbert, Nick Groom, Deborah Kelley-Galin, Sara Hannant, Maureen James, Sharron Kraus, Tommy Kuusela, Mark Lewis, Peter Millington, Mark Norman, Bob and Jacqueline Patten, S

Clouties Transformed in Photograph: A Bad Witch’s Blog   

PhantasmaphilePhantasmaphile: Sara Hannant’s “Numinous” show!                    

The burning effigies of David Cameron and Nick Clegg from Cliffe Bonfire Society celebrations in Lewes 2010 photographed by Sara Hannant, featured on BBC Sunday Politics South East on 22/03/2015

Sunday Politics South EastNot All Singing and Dancing: Padstow, Folk Festivals and Belonging

Sara Hannant’s photographs have been published by Ethos: Journal of Anthropology in conjunction with an article by Helen Cornish entitled Not all singing and dancing: Padstow, Folk Festivals and Belonging 06.02.15

It is well established that while folk festivals appear to illustrate an ancient, bucolic past, they are contemporary markers of history and belonging. Cornish folk festivals can provide a valuable illustration of this. The Padstow May Day celebration, the Obby Oss, epitomises this sense of timelessness and spontaneous celebration. It attracts numerous tourists keen to join the spectacle of dancing and singing, and is seen by the Cornish tourist industry as the stellar event of the festival year. In contrast, Padstow’s mid-winter Mummers celebration is downplayed by county officials. This event sees participants dance, drum and sing around the town, wearing black face-paint, with a repertoire that includes Minstrel ditties, while critical questions have been asked at regional and national levels. Both raise questions about the ways in which belonging is negotiated as a critical element in the Cornish festival landscape.

Hobby horses (or ’obby ’osses) dance through the streets of Padstow in Cornwall on May Day.
Hobby horses (or ’obbyosses) dance through the streets of Padstow in Cornwall on May Day, 2007
Mummers Day, mid winter festival, Padstow, Cornwall
Mummers Day, mid-winter festival, Padstow, Cornwall, 2009









bbcHalloween: England’s strange and ancient winter rituals by Linda Serck featuring photographs by Sara Hannant

Allendale Tar Barrel Pararde, Northumberland, 2007
Allendale Tar Barrel Parade, Northumberland, 2007
Punkie Night, Hinton St George, Somerset
Punkie Night, Hinton St George, Somerset, 2006
Honouring the ancestors, Samhain, Chalice Well, Glastonbury, Somerset, 2006
Honouring the ancestors, Samhain, Chalice Well, Glastonbury, Somerset, 2006



I: MAGE 2014 Travelling with Unfamiliar Spirits – The Learned Pig

Fulgur Artist stories: Chance and Enchantment – Sara Hannant




Ethan Doyle White Review: Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies 14th February, 2014

Abraxas: International Journal of Esoteric Studies No.3 2013

Abraxas Issue 3

Abraxas Issue 3 Sara Hannant, Eight English RitualsHannant’s photographs of English folk customs capture the eternity of tradition and the spectacular force of movement contained in group celebrations. From Ottery St Mary’s blazing tar barrels to the colourful greenery of Deptford’s Green Man, Hannant shows with dramatic vividness how the Wheel of the Year keeps spinning even when so many of us have forgotten its pagan ancestry.

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RAIRoyal Anthropological Institute

Anthropology and Photography Conference

British Museum, Clore Centre, 29-31 May 2014

The Royal Anthropological Institute is pleased to announce that a conference ‘Anthropology and Photography’ will take place at the British Museum, Clore Centre, in conjunction with the museum’s Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The aim of the Conference is to stimulate an international discussion on the place, role and future of photography.  The Folklore Society have invited Sara Hannant to show some of her photographs as part of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Anthropology and Photography Conference to be held on 29-31 May at the British Museum in London. The portfolio illustrates how photography is advancing the practice and understanding of anthropology and folklore.

The Fool, Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, Staffordshire
The Fool, Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, Staffordshire, 2006
Lamas ritual, Eastbourne, Sussex
Lammas ritual, Hunter’s Moon, Eastbourne, Sussex, 2008











BBC NEWS In Pictures- A journey through the English ritual year

Andy Ffrench Museum exhibition focuses on the magic of myths and tradition The Oxford Times and Oxford Mail 30.04.13

Julie Webb How our ‘barmy army’ marks the seasons Limited Edition 02.05.13

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RSCThe Royal Shakespeare Company Director Maria Aberg and Movement Director Ayse Taskiran saw the exhibition Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids, and it informed ideas about the production of As you like it in a modern setting. ‘We were very eager to keep a contemporary feel to the movement, while evoking rituals that felt ancient and the movement would be connected to community, to nature, to freedom and to one’s own body.’ RSC 2

Michael Howard Review: Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year The Cauldron: Witchcraft, Paganism & Folklore, No. 145 August 2012

the London 2012: Folklore, myth and tradition mingle in 50 photographs of English rituals taken throughout the year 01.08.12

Sara Hannant Playing the Fool in Staffordshire The Countryman, September 2012

Sigrid Rieuwerts Review: Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the   English Ritual Year Folk Music Journal, Volume 11 No. 1, January 2013



Oxford Town Hall

St Aldate’s,

Oxford, OX1 1BX

01865 252334  Open every day 10.00 – 17.00.  Free

An exhibition of photographs by Sara Hannant featuring English customs and rituals throughout the year.  From costumed processions to traditional dance and ceremonies, this exhibition is on loan from the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and marks the centenary of the death of Oxford antiquary Percy Manning.

Part of a partnership with the Bodleian, Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers museum.  Also featuring photographs of the Cowley Road Carnival since its inception.


Christie’s South Kensington
 85 Old Brompton Road 
London SW7 3LD

The Ballad of British FolkloreMobf.logo_150hi

25 July – 1 September 2016

Monday: 9am – 7:30pm
 Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5:00pm

Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 5:00pm 

30 – 31 July
 27 – 29 August

This summer, Christie’s South Kensington presents an exhibition charting the history of the Museum of British Folklore (MoBF).  This travelling museum was developed by Simon Costin as a means of celebrating and promoting the rich and diverse history of British Folklore across the country.

A curated selection of works from past exhibitions including some of Sara Hannant’s photographs will be on view at Christie’s South Kensington, alongside the museum’s ambitious plans for a permanent home – a place where Britain’s rich and varied folk traditions can be explored and enjoyed by all.  For more information contact Museum of British Folklore

Hands taking a photo, Lewes Bonfire parade, Sussex
Hands taking a photo, Lewes Bonfire parade, Sussex, 2010

“Sara Hannant has travelled widely in England to photograph regional traditions which mark the changing seasons, culminating in the critically-acclaimed book: ‘Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey Through the English Ritual Year’ (Merrell, 2011).

Hannant’s photographs are a unique document of ancient traditions in contemporary settings; for example, an image of Lewes bonfire seen through the prism of a mobile phone camera encapsulates the past, present and future and highlights the ongoing interest in collective folk expression.

These vivid, impressionistic images evoke the exuberance, colour and noise which are such a feature of communal celebrations. They fizz with life and allow the viewer an insight into the immersive experience of folk ritual.”  Museum of British Folklore


March – December 2016Halloween Exhibition Poster-4

Sara Hannant’s work is included in Glitter & Gravedust: Halloween Past & Present, a new exhibition curated by the Museum of Witchcraft & Magic. Opening in March 2016 and running until December, the exhibition charts the history of the festival and explores its various incarnations: from Samhain to Hallowtide, a time efficacious for love magic and divination, to its ambiguous, multicultural and often commercial modern expressions.

A conference to accompany and augment the exhibition will take place on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at the Museum of Witchcraft & Magic, The Harbour, Boscastle, Cornwall Pl35 OHD. Professor Ronald Hutton will be the keynote speaker, presenting recent research into ‘The History of Halloween’.



OH Logo_final-01Photomonth East London Photography Festival

Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG

5th – 30th November 2015

Unfortunately due to health and safety issues Sara Hannant’s scheduled exhibition Out of the Fire in the lower gallery has been cancelled.  However, Sara is showing a small exhibition of her work on fire festivals in the upper gallery.

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 EN2 9HA

Earth Wish 1, 2014
Earth Wish 1, 2014


8 April – 19 July 2015

Exhibition Opening Hours Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm

Saturday & Sunday 12 noon – 5pm

Open on Bank Holidays 12 – 5 pm Free

Wells have long been regarded as sacred – as a prime source of the waters of life and survival, and there remains a firm belief that wishing at wells can magically transform events.

A traditional folk custom for healing is often practiced whereby a strip of cloth is torn from a person’s garment, dipped into the well then hung on a nearby tree, as it falls and rots it is believed the illness will disappear. The cloths connect pilgrims’ hopes and dreams to the opaque but powerful numinous – the divine power or spirit believed to inhabit the sacred place.

However, many cloths do not biodegrade and are consequently removed by the guardians who maintain these ancient sites. Sara Hannant asked the Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network if she might salvage the discarded cloths from Sancreed Well.

She set about re-animating each cloth with the elemental materials of water, air, fire and earth, enabling the contemporary votive rags to complete the ancient folk magic. The photographs faithfully document the cloths in transformative states, yet the imagery appears to expose spirits or human forms that invite magical belief. The cloth’s presence is finally represented by its absence suggesting a magical potency to re-enter nature and disappear.

Project commissioned by Forty Hall & Estate, London Borough of Enfield, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Metro Imaging.  With thanks to the Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network (CASPN), a charitable partnership formed to look after the ancient sites and monuments of Cornwall. CASPN works closely with local communities and official organisations to protect and promote our ancient heritage landscape through research, education and outreach activities.

To coincide with the exhibition Sara will be in conversation talking about the Numinous at Forty Hall Estate. In Conversation with Sara Hannant, Wednesday 6 May at 7.30pm £5
Photographer Sara Hannant joins local history guide and speaker, Joe Studman to talk about her latest exhibition’ Numinous’ and the inspiration behind the work. Discussion will explore folklore and spirituality and promises to be an entertaining and lively look at the latest exhibition. With Q & A.

I:MAGE 2014  Travelling with Unfamiliar Spirits  

Princesses, Punkie Night
Princesses, Punkie Night, Hinton St George, Somerset, 2006

The Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street, London NW1 OSG

21 October – 2 November 2014

Opening Hours 12 – 6 pm or by appointment

The spirit world comes to life in Fulgur’s two-week-long celebration of esoteric art which coincides with the beginning of the dark months, Samhain. This is when the boundaries between the familiar and what is Other shatter. The veil is thin.  The magic begins. For I:MAGE 2014, artists will explore what it means to communicate with spirits through art.  Exhibiting artists: Agostino Arrivabene, Michael Bertiaux, Jesse Bransford, Anne Crossey, Arrington De Dionyso, Denis Forkas, Cristina Francov, Steffi Grant, Barry William Hale, Sara Hannant, Edith Knight, Liz Insogna, Francesco Parisi, Max Razdow, Residue, Penny Slinger, Austin Osman Spare and Mark Titchner.


Abbots Bromley Horn Dancers, Staffordshire
Abbots Bromley Horn Dancers, Staffordshire, 2006

Sara Hannant was invited by Xerox Contemporary to participate in Artychoke, an exhibition at surrey Canal Allotment Society, Bonar Road, Peckham, London SE15 on 24th august 11-7pm

It is hoped by showing the artists’ work in the context of an allotment,  help people reconnect with the soil.

Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year

Jack-in-the-Green procession passes Monument underground, London
Hastings Jack, participating in the Deptford Jack-in-the-Green procession, Monument Underground, London, 2009

Forty Hall & Estate

Forty Hill
 EN2 9HA

1 May – 3 August 2014

Exhibition Opening Hours Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm 
Saturday & Sunday 12 noon – 5pm

Open on Bank Holidays 12 noon – 5 pm Free

Come A-Maying!  Sunday 4th May 12noon – 5 pm FREE Entry

Come and celebrate the arrival of spring at Forty Hall with traditional folk music, performances and creative workshops! Walk around a beautifully decorated Hall adorned with flowers and foliage, watch strolling minstrels ‘Princes in the Tower’ and Morris Dancing and meet the Green Man. Creative workshops include making a Green Man-inspired brooch, green man mask making and yarn weaving.
There will be live music performances from Terry Gilmour, Rufus Talijen, Hanna Marines, James David Williams and Nicole Flodin. Music delivered in partnership with Friends of Forty Hall Park and The Red Room.

Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year

The Oxfordshire Museum

Fletcher’s House
 Park Street
 OX20 1SN

27th April -28th July 2014

Mayor of Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

While some folkloric customs claim ancient origins, others are recent revivals or re-inventions.  Regional traditions also vary, incorporating local and transnational influences. However, all the featured traditions mark significant times within the wheel of the year, from the spring ritual dances in Bacup to the lighting of mid-winter fires in Sussex.

Photography, like a ritual, charts a moment in time, yet nothing is fixed: traditional culture is shown as a continual communal process of evolution, forging a dynamic connection between past, present and future.

Janet Vitmayer, Director of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, says, “We are delighted to tour this fascinating exhibition, which gives a unique insight into Englishness.”

Professor Ronald Hutton, University of Bristol “Sara has a rare gift for capturing peak moments in such celebrations … the human participants emerge as vivid characters in their own right, adding depth to the drama and humour of the local seasonal rites in which they are involved. She is a genuinely talented artist.”

“Sara Hannant’s remarkable photographs convey, with joy and compassion the charm and exuberance of traditional English ritual.” – Shirley Collins of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Andy Ffrench Museum exhibition focuses on the magic of myths and tradition The Oxford Times and Oxford Mail 30.04.13

Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year

16 January – 14 April 2012cshlogo

Cecil Sharp House,

Regents Park Road,

 NW1 7AY

Imbolc celebration, Marsden , West Yorkshire


29 October 2012 – 11 Jan 2013

Maria and Dwane, Women's Aid Refuge, Wales, 1988
Maria and Dwane, Women’s Aid Refuge, Wales, 1988

City Campus University of Wales, Newport, Gwent

The alumni of Newport’s photography courses include some of the key figures in contemporary photography. The exhibition primarily focused on the period between 1973, when David Hurn established the acclaimed Documentary Photography course and the present day. The exhibition celebrates the significant influence Newport has had on the world of photography. Past students were asked to contribute a recent photograph and one from their time at Newport.
Collective Observations..


Collective Observations: Folklore and Photography – from Sir Benjamin Stone to Flickr

Towner images

Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ

13 October 2012 – 6 January 2013

Since 1897, when Sir Benjamin Stone established the National Photographic Record Association (NPRA), photographers have had a fascination with the rites and rituals of Britain.  Photography and folklore practice have a complimentary relationship – the medium of photography captures the ephemeral moment. Despite existing in the here and now, both photography and folklore are an act of remembrance. Photographs act as a repository of these fleeting happenings and constitute an artefact of folklore in themselves. With contributions from Sara Hannant, Faye Claridge, Matthew Cowan, Doc Rowe, the Benjamin Stone Collection, Flickr and more.

Summer Solstice, Stonehenge, Wiltshire, 2009
Summer Solstice, Stonehenge, Wiltshire, 2009