Sara Hannant is a photographer and author whose work over the last ten years has explored magical belief, seasonal cycles, and folklore. Her exhibition Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year (2011) was the first British ethnographic exhibit to be shown at the Horniman Museum. It inspired productions by both Laban Trinity Dance and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her book of the same title received the runner-up Katharine Briggs Folklore Award in 2012.
Sara’s recent artist residency at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle has resulted in Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, which will be published by Strange Attractor Press in 2016. In her latest series, Numinous Sara explores her interest in the magical properties of the photographic process aiming to engage the viewers’ imagination in the act of transformation.
She has won and been shortlisted for several awards including Resurgence, The Terry O’Neill Award, Southbank Photo Prize, BA Young Artist of the Year, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Capture The World and LensCulture Earth Award.
Her work has been exhibited widely including at The Royal Society of Arts, The South Bank Centre and Towner Art Gallery. Her photographs have been featured on the BBC, in The Guardian and in The Sunday Times among others. Since 2010, she has lectured in photography at City University in London.