13 Sep - 21 Oct 2018



Hannah Gartside

Hannah Gartside has a fabric-based practice with outcomes in sculpture, photography, video and site-specific installation. 

Gartside collects and repurposes everyday materials and detritus such as sleepwear, gloves and cat hair. Drawing from dress-making, costume-making and patchwork-quilting processes her work speaks to personal experiences of intimacy, longing and bereavement. Her work explores feminism and material culture through disrupting codes of femininity, and presenting a way of experiencing the sensuality and multiplicity of the material world. 

In her work Gartside seeks to open space for the viewer’s confusions, desires or embarrassments and to engage the audience beyond a visual or cognitive understanding. Through participation, touch and sense memory her work connects with viewers on a bodily and emotional register. 

Hannah Gartside received a Bachelor of Fine Art (in Sculpture and Spatial Practice) from Victorian College of the Arts in 2016. Her graduate exhibition was awarded an NGV Women’s Association Prize. She has held solo exhibitions at George Paton Gallery (VIC) and Metro Arts Gallery (QLD), and has participated in group exhibitions at KINGS ARI, Craft Victoria, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Wangaratta Art Gallery, QUT Art Museum and McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park.

In 2017, Gartside undertook a two month Varda Artist Residency in Sausalito, California and was a finalist in Hatched (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art), Fresh (Craft Victoria) and the Fischer's Ghost Art Awards (Campbelltown Arts Centre).Prior to her visual art training, Gartside received a BFA in Fashion Design from Queensland University of Technology and worked as costume maker for five years, mainly in classical ballet. Her work is held in the Wangaratta Art Gallery public collection, and in private collections across Australia. 

Image: Hannah Gartside Title, HD video, duration. Courtesy the artist.