Middle image: Nith scoping, bike trailer, piping, tarpaulin, Dumfries, 2012
Hannah is one of the founding directors of Glasgow based Open Jar Collective
. A group of socially engaged artists and designers operating within co-operative principles. Open Jar’s collaborative processes include hosting communal meals, staging unique pop-up events, research, workshops and exhibitions. The collective use food as a vehicle and common language through which to bring people together to take part in the growing debate about the future of our local and global food systems.
Since 2013, Hannah has worked with Open Jar
to initiate and deliver a range of projects. From The Dairy House,
which was a research and engagement project working with farmers and residents for the Environmental Art Festival Scotland
(2013) to discuss issues around ‘supply chains’ with in the dairy industry in Dumfries and Galloway, through to a recent project Soil City
. Launching at Glasgow International Art Festival
(2016), Soil City
is a long term project initiated by Open Jar Collective
, which aims to reimagine the city as if soil matters. Soil City
is a space for conversation, participatory research and knowledge exchange. By engaging with the citizens of Glasgow and a wider community of scientists, artists, activists and academics, Open Jar hope to gain a better understanding of the relationship between healthy soil and healthy people.
was the outcome of a research led commission, Hannah undertook for The Stove Network
(2012.) Following 3 months spent researching the relationship between people in Dumfries and their River Nith, Hannah developed a longer term exploration into how an exchange of knowledge can be generated around local conflicts that surround around water management in urban places. In particular in terms of River ecosystems and flood prevention. Nith Scoping
itself became a performative public event, operating in the style of a street workshop, engaging passing members of the public in the physical activity of looking at the river bed of the Nith. A complex surface which is usually invisible, yet remains the point of local contention as Dumfries debates dredging its river. The project posed a suggestion that ‘surely it is more meaningful to experience and understand this thing we are debating?’ ‘The Nolly’ was a folding boat, towed by a bicycle which Hannah more recently designed with a transparent underwater viewing base, for one to one study trips under taken in the rivers and canals in Glasgow and surrounds.
was a self initiated public art project Hannah designed and developed from January 2010 until 2011. It is about access to land in the urban environment. Starting as a piece of research working with a local community to explore their relationship to the park they border the project became a lengthly consultation and negotiation process. It brought together representatives from the local Housing Association, a school, House for an Art Lover
and Glasgow City Council Parks Department
to resolve a matter arising from this research. This was the shared frustration felt locally at the lack of direct access or entrance to the park, which was simply the other side of a fence. With permission and support from the different stakeholders, Hannah designed, made and installed a bespoke entrance for the community which in its form reflected their stories of guerrilla interventions over the last decades to make gaps and remove bars, so as to climb through the fence.
Lower image: The Nolly, Musselburgh, 2015