Sara Hannant is an artist and photographer whose work explores magic, myth and folklore.  Her images have been widely exhibited including at The Royal Society of Arts, Christie’s and Towner Art Gallery and featured on the BBC, and in The Guardian and The Sunday Times among others.  In 2019, she was shortlisted for the British Photography Awards and in 2018 for the British Life Photography Award and nominated for the Royal Photographic Society Hundred Heroines.  Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic (Strange Attractor Press 2016) was shortlisted for the International Photography Awards Book of the Year 2017.  Her book Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year (Merrell 2011) received the runner-up Katharine Briggs Folklore Award in 2012, and the exhibition of the same title is being toured by the Horniman Museum.   Sara lectures in photography at City, University of London and London Metropolitan University.

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

Recent Exhibitions

2019 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona
2019 Lunation, Charlton House, London
2019 Women Photographers Now, Valid Foto Gallery, Barcelona
2019 12th Pollux Awards, Valid Foto Gallery, Barcelona
2018-19 Women in Focus, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Cardiff
2018-19 The Shutter Hub Open Old Truman Brewery, London, 5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam
2018 Because We Can! Pil’ours International Festival, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France
2018 Time and Tradition, Time Unwrapped 2018, Kings Place, London
2017-18 The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in London, The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, London
2017 Salon/17, Photofusion, London
2017 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, Museum of Oxford (solo exhibition)
2017 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, The Beacon Museum, Cumbria (solo exhibition)
2016 Of Shadows, Lo & Behold, Photomonth Photography Festival, London (solo exhibition)
2016 International Foto Awards, Na Kashirke Gallery, Moscow
2016 The Ballad of British Folklore, Christie’s, 
London
2016 Glitter and Gravedust: Halloween Past and Present, Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Cornwall
2015 Out of the Fire, Oxford House, Photomonth Photography Festival, London (solo exhibition)
2015 Numinous, Forty Hall Museum, Enfield (solo exhibition)
2014 I:MAGE 2014 – Travelling with Unfamiliar Spirits, The Cob Gallery, London
2014 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, Forty Hall Museum, Enfield (solo exhibition)
2014 Royal Anthropological Institute Anthropology and Photography Conference, British Museum
2013 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, Oxfordshire Museum (solo exhibition)
2013 Photography Alumni Exhibition, University of Wales, Gwent
2013 Collective Observations: Folklore and Photography from Benjamin Stone to Flickr, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
2012 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, Cecil Sharp House, London (solo exhibition)
2012 Filtre: Unfiltered, Maria’s, Chicago
2012 Migration, Orange Dot Gallery, London
2011 Foto8 Summershow, Host Gallery, London
2011 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, Horniman Museum, London (solo exhibition)
2011 Foto8 Awards, Crane Kalman, Brighton, Sussex
2008 Konstam, Calumet Gallery, London
2008 Country Life, Shire Hall Gallery, Staffordshire
2008 Harvest for Health, Royal Brompton Hospital, London (solo exhibition)
2008 Bread Street, Gunnersbury Park Museum, London (solo exhibition)
2008 Bread Street, Lewisham Library, London (solo exhibition)
2007 Harvest for Health, Maudsley Hospital, London (solo exhibition)
2007 Bread Street, Stoney Street, London (solo exhibition)
2006 Harvest for Health, City Hall, London (solo exhibition)
2006 Bread St, The Hub, London (solo exhibition)

Performances

2016 The Barbican and UK tour. Shirley Collins Lodestar performances include Sara’s photographs of Hastings Jack in the Green and Lewes Bonfire, part of Nick Abrahams visuals
2013 The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, The Royal Shakespeare Company production of As you like it informed by Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids
2012 The Horniman Museum, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance performances inspired by Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids, part of The Big Dance

Awards

2019 Honorary Winner 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Portraiture
2019 British Photography Awards, Shortlisted Documentary Photography
2018 British Life Photography Awards, Shorlisted Urban Photography and Photojournalism, Documentary Photography
2018 12th Pollux Award Juried by Philip Brookman, Consulting Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Honorable Mention
2018 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Honorable Mention Still Life
2017 The Katharine Briggs Folklore Award, Shortlisted
2017 International Photo Awards, Honorable Mention
2017 Moscow International Foto Award, Honorable Mention
2016 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention
2015 Moscow International Foto Award, Honorable Mention
2015 Lens Culture Earth Award, Selected
2012 The Katharine Briggs Folklore Award, Runner-up
2007 The Terry O’Neill Award, Shortlisted
2006 Resurgence Photography Award, Winner
2005 Arts Council England, Project Award
2004 Arts Council England, Project Award
1998 Home 2000 Photography Award, Winner
1995 The British Airways Award for the Young Achievers in Art, Winner
1994 BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Capture the World Award, Runner-up
1992 London Arts Board Production Bursary
1990 South Bank Photo Show, Prize Winner

Collections

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
Westminster Arts Council, London
The Royal Brompton Hospital Trust, London
NCH, Action for Children, London

Research/Academia

Visiting lecturer at City, University of London and London Metropolitan University.
2019 Artist installation, Magickal Women Conference, Baden Powell House, London
2018 Enchanted Encounters: Reaffirming a Magical Heritage.  Art, Materiality and Representation. Royal Anthropological Association, British Museum, and SOAS, London
2018 – Visiting Lecturer and Module Leader: Photojournalism Practice, London Metropolitan University
2017 Witchcraft, Magic, and Photography.  Contemporary Art and Scholarship on the Esoteric Traditions, NYU
2017 Ladybird Cinderella: Your House is on Fire. All about Cinderella: retellings in the cultural imagination, University of Bedfordshire
2017 Numinous, Ritual ‘Litter’ Redressed: The heritage of contemporary deposits, University of Hertfordshire
2017 A Charmed Life – Fertility talismans, healing rituals and funeral tributes at Sancreed and Madron wells in Cornwall, Folklore from the Cradle to the Grave, University of Edinburgh.  
2016 Knitted Poppet with Photograph, First Royal Anthropology Institute Salon, London
2016 Magical Objects: Reflections on an artist residency at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Trans –States: The Art of Crossing Over, The University of Northampton
2015 The Folklore Society presents Photography, Folklore and some Confusions: Sara Hannant and Doc Rowe, Warburg Institute, London
2015 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids, Calendar Customs and Seasonal Events Conference, Exeter University
2010 – Visiting Lecturer and Module Leader: Visual Journalism, and Advanced Photojournalism, City, University of London

Public talks and Broadcasts

2017 Strange Attractor Artist talk, Supernormal, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire
2017 Of Shadows: Strange Attractor Artist talk, The Horse Hospital, London
2016 Can the taking of a photograph be recognised as a ritual in itself?  There then, hear now, Resonance FM with Mark Aitken
2016 Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, The Haunted Landscape: British Folklore and Ghosts, presented by Fortean Times, Conway Hall, London
2016 Tour and talk about Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic  A Festival Season of Light, Lo & Behold, London
2016 Witchcraft’s Artifacts: An illustrated talk by Sara Hannant Treadwell’s Books, London
2016 Of Shadows: Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic Sara Hannant, South East London Folklore Society, London
2015 BBC Mark Forrest Evening Show interview with Sara Hannant
2015 In Conversation with Sara Hannant, Forty Hall Museum, Enfield
2012 Talking Books with Sara Hannant The Astor Theatre, Deal, Kent
2012 A photographic journey through the English Ritual Year, South East London Folklore Society, London
2012 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids Treadwell’s Books, London
2012 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids BBC Radio Oxford
2012 Meet the Artist: Sara Hannant, Forty Hall Museum, Enfield
2012 Talking Books with Sara Hannant The Astor Theatre, Deal, Kent