Sara Hannant 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.
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Unfortunately, due to illness, Sara Hannant is unable to give a talk as planned but a selection of her images will be projected in the foyer during the Time and Tradition weekend.
Photographer Sara Hannant captures 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. Her 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.
What are you crying for?
from Sara Hannant’s series Cinderella: Your House is on Fire
has been selected for Salon/17
17A Electric Lane
Exhibition 9th December – 13th January 2018
Review: The Learned Pig
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 – 29th April 2018
Open Wednesday-Sunday 12pm-11pm
11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP
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. Sara Hannant is speaking about some of the relationships between Witchcraft, Magic and Photography.
LIFE FORCE The Magazine of the Photo Essay. October Issue, 2017
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
Sara Hannant is 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
Of Shadows HONORARY WINNER MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FOTO AWARDS 2017
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. Sara will give a presentation on her 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.”
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
Ritual ‘Litter’ Redressed: The heritage of contemporary deposits
Sara Hannant is 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.
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.
Monday 20th March, Doors 7pm Tickets in advance £10
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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.
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.
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 and photographs by Sara Hannant. 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
“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
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
Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A journey through the ritual year
4th March – 22nd April 2017
Museum of Oxford
Oxford Town Hall
Oxford, OX1 1BX
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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.
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
First Royal Anthropology Institute Salon on December 7, 6 – 8pm at the Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street, W1T 5BT
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. Sara Hannant is speaking about her 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’.
Friday 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 their new publication Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic by Sara Hannant and Simon Costin. Sara Hannant will be giving a tour of her exhibition of photographs at 6.30pm.
Friday 4th November 2016 – Sunday 8th January 2017
The Beacon Museum
Phone: 01946 592302
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4:30pm & Bank Holiday Mondays (last admission 3:45pm). Also open Mondays during school holidays.
Costumed processions and symbolic dramatisations, traditional dances and fire ceremonies mark the changing seasons and celebrate nature’s bounty. Many of these customs claim an ancient origin. This exhibition brings together 50 photographs of regional rituals performed throughout the year in England. Shirley Collins, President of the English Folk Dance and Song Society comments “Sara Hannant’s remarkable photographs convey, with joy and compassion, the mystery, charm and exuberance of traditional English ritual”.
This exhibition will be free for Copeland Pass holders. If you are a Copeland resident, why not register at the Beacon Museum reception. All you need to provide is a valid form of I.D. and contact details. (Usual admission still applies for non pass holders- Adults £5, Concess £4, Child £2, Family £12)
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.
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 2016
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.
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.
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 photofringe.org. 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.
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.
Christie’s South Kensington 85 Old Brompton Road London SW7 3LD
25 July – 1 September 2016
Monday: 9am – 7:30pm Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 5:00pm Closed 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“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
TRANS – STATES: THE ART OF CROSSING OVER 9-10 September, 2016
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
The University of Northampton
Avenue Campus, St George’s Avenue
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
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 www.treadwells-london.com
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
GLITTER & GRAVEDUST: HALLOWEEN PAST & PRESENT
March – December 2016
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’.
SELFS TALK: Thursday 10th December: OF SHADOWS: OBJECTS FROM THE MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT AND MAGIC: Sara Hannant
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
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Photomonth 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.
Night at the Museum Pagan Dawn, Samhain-Winter Solstice No.197 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0207 862 8564
BBC 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
From 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, Steve Patterson, Jennifer Reid, Bill Roberts, Peter Robson, Derek Schofield, Murray Stewart.
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.
LensCulture Earth Awards 2015 Editor’s Selection “The work holds a unique position”
Photography commission for Laura Victoria. Pop Folk Singer/Songwriter/Cellist with a country twist! Songs of love & life accompanied by cello, fiddle, banjo, piano… New album Head Above Water out now http://www.lauravictoriamusic.com/shop.php
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.
I:MAGE 2014 Travelling with Unfamiliar Spirits
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.
Fulgur Artist stories: Chance and Enchantment – Sara Hannant
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.
Royal 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.
Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
In May 2014 Sara Hannant completed her artist residency at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. The museum first approached Sara in 2012 and since then she has photographed one hundred magical objects from the collection. The images will be published and exhibited in 2016.
Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year
Forty Hall & Estate
Forty Hill Enfield 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.
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.
Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year
The Oxfordshire Museum
Fletcher’s House Park Street Woodstock OX20 1SN
27th April -28th July 2014
Since encountering Deptford Jack-in-the-Green in 2006 photographer, Sara Hannant began a journey to explore seasonal rituals as they occur throughout the English year. This touring exhibition, which coincides with the publication of a book of the same title, mingles folklore, myth and tradition. The images give a real sense of what it was like to be there; jostled by crowds at the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, or listening to the clink and rustle of the milkmaids, decked out in silverware, who parade with the Deptford Jack. The photographs are compelling, at once capturing the vividness, excitement and mystery of costumed processions, fire rituals, traditional dances and mumming plays that are held in rural and urban locations throughout the country.
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
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.’
Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year
Cecil Sharp House,
Regents Park Road,
London NW1 7AY
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
100 YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY ALUMNI EXHIBITION
29 October 2012 – 11 Jan 2013
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: Folklore and Photography – from Sir Benjamin Stone to Flickr
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.
New Folklore and Photography Exhibition Pagan Dawn, Samhain-Yule No. 185 2012
Rob Wilkes Collective Observations: Folklore photos are made of the rite stuff We Heart: Design and Lifestyle Magazine 29.11.12
Jenni Davidson Collective Observations: Folklore and Photography – from Sir Benjamin Stone to Flickr Culture24.org.uk 26.11.12
Sara Hannant English Folk Customs, Pagan Dawn, Lammas-Autumn Equinox No. 184 2012
960 W 31st St at the intersection of Morgan St and 31st, Bridgeport, Chicago
5-21 October, 2012
Filter Photo is a not-for-profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois.
Filter Photo’s mission is two-fold: first, to serve and support the photographic communities of Chicago and the Midwest; and second, to highlight Chicago as a vital center of the national photographic community.
Since 2009 Filter Photo has organized the annual Filter Photo Festival, a multiday celebration of photography that includes workshops, lectures, exhibition receptions, artist talks, and other diverse programming. A primary component of the Festival is the portfolio reviews, through which photographers are able to connect with national and international curators, gallery directors, editors, and other elite professionals. Sara Hannant was invited to show her work as part of a street projection of photography in Bridgeport, Chicago.
Sara Hannant The Mayor of Ock St, The Countryman, June 2012
Review: Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year LandLove, May/June 2012
Sheena Morgan Review: Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year Pagan Dawn, Spring Equinox No. 182 2012
Dan Synge Editor’s Letter The Weekender, Issue 3 Spring 2012
Stephen Garnett English Album: Merrie England in 2012 This England, Spring 2012
Sara Hannant English Folk Customs, Pagan Dawn, Imbolc No. 181 2012
Undercover with Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Photographer’s Adventure
Lecture by Sara Hannant
1 March 2012 (Thursday) @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Since 2006 photographer Sara Hannant has documented folk rites of the seasonal year, spending time talking to people and photographing events as they unfold. Tonight she tells what she has learnt: what is the state of folk custom today, and how do those involved feel about the rites they keep alive. She also reflects on her own experiences of witnessing the wheel of the year in this way, sharing with us her favourite shots from her own work — and pulling out of the archives some amazing monochrome photographs from the distant past, when ceremonies were first recorded. A visual and personal smorgasbord is promised; join us! Sara is author of Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids, and will be signing copies after the lecture.
THE WEEKENDER MAGAZINE PRESENTS…
Talking Books with Sara Hannant and a performance by the east Kent Hoodeners
The Astor Theatre, Deal, Kent
Friday 17th February, Starts 8pm – Balcony Studio – Cabaret Seating
Award-winning photographer Sara Hannant has travelled the length and breadth of the country to capture our ancient traditions and finds a nation that is surprisingly at ease with the old ways.
Her photographic record of the English ritual year Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids is published by Merrell Books and is the cover story of the latest issue of The Weekender, east Kent’s quality quarterly (www.the-weekender.net)
This unique literary and musical event includes an exclusive slide-show by the author plus folk performances, a Q&A session and a debate chaired by the magazine’s editor.
Dan Synge Mummer we’re all crazy now! The Weekender Issue Two, Winter/Spring 2012
Sara Hannant Whittlesea Straw Bear, The Countryman, January 2012
Evelyn Runge Rituale in England: Alte Tradition, frish belebt ZEIT 19.01.12
Sara Hannant Hoodening in Kent, The Countryman, December 2012
Talk by sara Hannant: A photographic journey through the English Ritual Year SELFS South East London Folklore Society, London. 8pm December, 2011
Eddie Cass Review: Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year Folklore, Volume 123 No. 3, December 20, 2011
Condensed reading: Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year Amateur Photographer 12.11.11
Derek Schofield Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year English Folk Dance and Song Society, Winter 2011
Mark Whitley Review: Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year The Countryman, November 2011
Paul Cowdell Review: Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids The Company of the Green Man 24.10.11
Maypoles, Morris Men and Other British Rituals South London Today 21.10.11
Sara Hannant Flaming Tar Barrels, The Countryman, November 2011
A Journey Through the English Ritual Year The Greenwich Phantom Blog 18.10.11
Review:Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year A Bad Witch’s Blog 18.10.11
Fiona Wilson Review: Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year The Times 14.10.11
Critics’ Choice: Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year Time Out London 05. 10. 11
Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year
22 October 2011 – 09 September 2012
Balcony Gallery, Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ
Award winning photographer Sara Hannant’s vibrant photographs of regional rituals performed throughout the year in England. This exhibition brings together 50 photographs of regional rituals performed throughout the year in England. Costumed processions, symbolic dramatizations, traditional dances and fire ceremonies mark the changing seasons and celebrate nature’s bounty. Many of these customs claim an ancient origin. London practices are well documented including Borough Market’s Apple Day celebrations and Twelfth Night Wassailing on the South Bank.
Book Signing with Sara Hannant
1 Honduras Street, London EC1Y OTH
8 July – 12 August 2011
The Foto8 Summershow is London’s greatest photographic spectacle, a veritable ‘salon de
Ghosts and the Machine The Sunday Times Magazine 10.07.11