Michelle Hannah BA (Hons), MFA

Job Title:

Lecturer, Acting co-lead MLitt Fine Art Practice


Fine Art Practice


Michelle Hannah ‘STATUE’
Edinburgh Arts Festival, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, performance and video 2014

Michelle Hannah ‘STATUE’


Michelle Hannah

Michelle Hannah is a Glasgow born and based artist, performer, noise maker, photographer and graduate of the MFA programme at The Glasgow School of Art (2009) where she is a lecturer on the MLitt Fine Art Practice programme.

She has exhibited and performed at places such as Talbot Rice Gallery Edinburgh, HOME Manchester, CGP London, ZKU Berlin, CCA Glasgow, Central St Martins London, DCA Dundee, BALTIC Newcastle, Minsheung Art Museum Shanghai, Artlicks London, Tyneside Cinema Newcastle, Suttie Arts Aberdeen, GOMA Glasgow, The Royal Standard Liverpool, ESW Edinburgh, The Cooper Gallery Dundee, Dresden Film Festival, TULCA Festival Galway, and curated events for the Glasgow Film Festival. She has presented at the ‘Grace Jones Symposium’ at Edinburgh University (2017) and is a Visiting Lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Margaret Tait Award and has received the Creative Scotland Openfund to produce a solo durational performance and exhibition ‘KEENER’ at Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts (2018).

At the core of her practice and research is a guise to explore post digital identity, a shifting ontology in a non corporeal planet; an outlet to understand (in her own finite way) the detritus of culture seeping into queer doom, cosmic pessimism and the Anthropocene. Namely how this can be ‘captured’ through forms of expanded photography, installations, digital collage, 3D imagery, disembodied sound, Open AI, post human voices, online archives, ephemeral atmosphere, found text/lyrics, Y2K moving image, sculptural spotlights and durational performance.

Her practice is expansive, ongoing and over the years spanning into artist led curation; producing outputs such as performative dystopian cabaret nights, programming gigs, late night radio shows, cosmic horror screenings and running a nightclub. Including collaborations with local and international musicians/artists/curators, such as London based Most Dismal Swamp (Dane Sutherland), filmmaker/curator Alexander Hetherington, Swedish/Glasgow based performer Ultimate Dancer and Australian dancer Angela Goh over a one year developmental residency at Tramway, the Workroom and National Theatre of Scotland to produce a durational performance work ‘HEVI METLE’ that premiered at Tramway, Glasgow as part of Take Me Somewhere festival (2019) and then at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle (2020). And most recently with London based No Bounds Radio to produce a monthly show HEADREST. Currently she is collaborating with GOMA in Glasgow to expand their performance outputs, collection and programme in the coming years.