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.

I was commissioned by the festival to make a series of photographs inspired by these stories.  Lunation provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with the moon and to explore my interest in the role of myth, magic and folklore in modern identities. Initially, I photographed the moon during various phases using a lens of high magnification. On to these images, I placed small objects which represent aspects of the moon as described in the stories. As above so below, the visual correspondences open the narratives to further interpretations and associations.

Lunation’s opening reception is free to visit but registration is necessary.

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 info@shutterhub.org.uk)


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:

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


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


Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A journey through the ritual year

4th March – 22nd April 2017

Museum of Oxford 

Oxford Town Hall

St Aldate’s,

Oxford, OX1 1BX

01865 252334  museum@oxford.gov.uk  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

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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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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