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 1 June, 2019
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.
Folk Horror Revival: Urban Wyrd
Published 27th June by Wyrd Harvest Press. Welcome to the Urban Wyrd. Discover Hauntology, Weird Technology & Transport, Hauntings and much much more in the realms of TV, Film, Literature, Art, Culture, Lore and Life. Travel in time and spaces with Adam Scovell, Stephen Volk, Scarfolk, Julianne Regan, Sebastian Backziewicz, Sara Hannant, The Black Meadow and many other contributors. All sales profits from this book purchased from Lulu bookstore are donated at intervals to The Wildlife Trusts.
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 – 26, 2019.
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.
The new book Birch (Reaktion Books 2008) 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.
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.
Of Shadows HONORARY WINNER INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017
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
Sara Hannant has been awarded an honourable mention in the Moscow International Foto Awards2016 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.
Review: The Learned Pig
LIFE FORCE The Magazine of the Photo Essay. October Issue, 2017
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.
Night at the Museum Pagan Dawn, Samhain-Winter
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
Not 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.
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
Hannant’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.
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
The 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.’
Michael Howard Review: Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year The Cauldron: Witchcraft, Paganism & Folklore, No. 145 August 2012
the guardian.com 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