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a n n i e  h a r r i s o n

Annie Harrison is interested in bringing back into consciousness hidden and forgotten narratives. Her recent work has concentrated on the historic and contemporary urban and rural environment. She creates installations and objects, film and performance, which respond directly and personally to the stories she uncovers. 

Since graduating from the Manchester School of Art in 2009, Harrison has exhibited widely. Her practice is informed by her previous work in human rights advocacy, counselling and community health. She completed a practice-led MA by Research at MIRIAD, MMU in 2014.


Annie hosts Artists' Round Table at her studios in Hebden Bridge. Artists' Round Table is an opportunity for artists to come together for discussion and networking. Annie is the Artistic Director for Mytholmroyd Arts, which aims to increase participation in the arts and to facilitate access to excellent arts experiences.  She is a lecturer in Public Health at the University of Manchester and runs courses in 'Arts and Public Health' and 'Engaging Hard to Reach Communities' 


Selected exhibitions and events:

  • Common Threads. Northlight Art School. Exhibition of International Textiles. Curated by Annie Harrison, Cath Long and Emma-Jane Griffiths. 2022

  • Ebb and Flow. Performative walk from Mytholmroyd to Hull. 2021-22

  • Carers in Lockdown. Photography project and exhibition with carers of people with dementia. 2021-2

  • Picture This. Photography project with communities in Doncaster, Manchester, West Cheshire. 2021 

  • Showcase 21. Group exhibition, Northlight Studios. 2021

  • Rift. Group exhibition, Northlight Studios. 2020

  • Clogging On. Photography project and exhibition with over 60s in Calderdale. 2018

  • Picturing the Past. Film commissioned by Saddleworth Museum. 2017

  • Waste not, want not - portrait of my parents. Installation at Alternative Portraits, Access Space, Sheffield 2017

  • Morning Service. Live participatory performance at Start Where You Are:Second Degree Potentias, Blok Projects, Sheffield 2016

  • Orphan 6. Live performance at Flat_Pak 2014

  • Drawing Back.  Film commissioned for Culture Shots 2014

  • Orphan 3. Awarded microbursary by 'Live at LICA' to develop Orphan Series. 2014   

  • Drawing out the Threads. Film commissioned by Cloth & Memory 2. Salts Mill, Saltaire. 2013.

  • 'with'. Film collaboration with Jenny Steele. Rogue Project Space. 2013

  • Orphan 1.  A new performance piece which investigates the possibility of receiving comfort from inanimate objects, was in 'Lot No #1 Auction', an auction of performance art curated by the Lionel Dobie Project at Capes Dunn Fine Art Auction House in collaboration with International 3. 2013

  • Uncovered. Farfield Mill and Heritage Centre, Sedburgh. 23 July - 18 Sept 2011

  • Manchester Time Piece.  On 21st June 2011, Tern Collective turned Manchester into a sundial, using the shadow of the Beetham Tower.  This on-going project will be shown at the Burlington Fine Art Club in July 2011 and at the Rogue Project Space in November 2011.

  • Flood. Collaborative installation with Jane Lawson for Chorlton Arts Festival. May 2011

  • Untitled. Installation at Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate. 2010   

  • Untitled. Installation at Stroud International Textile Festival. 2010

  • 108 Garments. Group show 'All cats look grey in the dark', Rogue Artists Studios. Manchester. 2010

  • Untitled.  Installation for the reopening of Platt Hall Costume Gallery, Manchester. 2010

  • Untitled. Installation in ‘Undercover’,  group show at Nexus Art Cafe, Manchester. . 2009

  • The Cubicle Project, Nexus Art Cafe, Manchester. 2009

  • In Search of Che. Documentary Film.  Flick Film Festival, Manchester, 2009 and Link Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2008.

  • Present-in-the-past. Solo exhibition at Manchester Central Library. 2007.



  • Ebb and Flow Residency at Northlight Art Studios 2022

  • Potentia Residency at Castlefield New Art Spaces 2016

  • The Heinrich Event Residency at Rogue Project Space 2013

  • Artist in Residence at Lime 2011-2014

  • Artist in Residence at Nexus Art Cafe - Northern Quarter, Manchester. 2009




Ebb and Flow is an ongoing collaboration with art historian Bob Gaunt.  Between August 2021 and March 2022, we walked the river network from Mytholmroyd to Hull, exploring the cultural landscape and reclaiming our love of the river following our experience of flooding. You can follow the journey on our blog here. In October I will be in residence at Northlight Art School, developing work from our walk. The residency will be open to the public during specific times, and I will be talking about the project on Friday 30 October, 7-9pm at Northlight Art School.

Publications and reviews:





  • 2014 Practice-led MA in Art Practice. Manchester Metropolitan University

  • 2009 First Class BA (Hons) Embroidery. Manchester Metropolitan University 

  • 2000 Diploma in Person Centred Counselling. North Trafford College

  • 1995 Certificate in Working with Conflict.  Woodbrooke College, Birmingham

  • 1989 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

  • 1986 BA Humanities. Polytechnic of Wales


Studio: Northlight Art Studios Ltd, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BZ


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