Hannah Saunders

Hannah Saunders is an artist, Medieval Art Historian, creative producer and curator based in the Fenlands. Her work has been exhibited internationally, featured in publications including Dazed & Confused and Fotografia, and her first radio series Isle of Thorns was broadcast on BBC Cambridgeshire earlier this year. Her most recent work Allegorical or Historical, a series of self-portraits as Female Fenland Saints, will be exhibited at Peterborough Cathedral in March 2020.

Her practice revolves around translating literary and historical themes into tangible works, with particular emphasis on advocacy and interpretation of women’s history, archives and folklore.

Hannah’s Jerwood Bursary will enable her to undertake her first artist residency at The Spalding Gentleman’s Society in Lincolnshire. During her time there, Hannah will explore and research women’s participation in antiquarian circles, and will create a micro oral history archive focusing on contemporary perceptions of collecting and collections.


The Artist as Saint Kyneburgha, Hannah Saunders. Image: courtesy of the artist