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 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 a courses in 'Arts and Public Health' and 'Engaging Hard to Reach Communities' 


Selected exhibitions and events:

  • Ebb and Flow. Performative walk from Mytholmroyd to Hull. 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.



  • 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, in which we connect two cities of culture, Liverpool and Hull to Mytholmroyd by walking between them, engaging in a journey through Northern cultural life.  In 2021 we will be following the river network from Mytholmroyd to Hull and in 2022 we will follow the canal network from Mytholmroyd to Liverpool. You can follow our journey on our blog here.

Annie founded and is the Artistic Director of Mytholmroyd Arts which has run art events in the West Yorkshire village of Mytholmroyd, including exhibitions, art installations, workshops, music and poetry. 


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