Photo: Holly Rowan Hesson in Manchester, Leeds, Hebden Bridge, England

Holly Rowan Hesson

Artist, Curator, Project manager, Consultant, Researcher
Early career

Through intuitive and process-led image making, I create dialogues with material, sites and residual memories. This interrogation regularly starts from abstract photographs I make in situ capturing my interest in specific man-made structures, buildings and physical spaces.

Exploring uncertainty and transience, my work is concerned with the actual fragility and transitory nature of what seems solid, weighty and permanent, both physically and also in the way things are perceived.

My resulting sculptural and installation work is multi-layered with uncertain depth of focus.


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Location Manchester, Leeds, Hebden Bridge, England
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Private commissions, Curating, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Tags photography, painting, installation, site responsive, sculpture, abstract, minimal, projection, colour, light

News & Events

  • #Five2Watch at The Manchester Contemporary

    Thanks to Axisweb for inclusion in their #Five2Watch at The Manchester Contemporary pt. 2 feature.

  • The Manchester Contemporary

    24/09/2015 – 27/09/2015
    Old Granada Studios, Manchester

    Very excited to be showing new work with Castlefield Gallery at this year’s Manchester Contemporary.

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  • Bankley Open call judge

    Excited to be a judge for Bankley Open Call as winner of last year’s prize. Closing date for submissions is Fri 11 Sept.

  • Axisweb Artist of the Month, Aug 2015

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  • CG New Art Spaces Federation House: OPEN HOUSE

    Federation House, Federation St / Balloon St, Manchester M4 2AH

    I’m excited to be showing work in progress at this big event – come and find me on the second floor! CG New Art Spaces Federation House: OPEN HOUSE, Thursday 26 March 2015 6-9pm

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  • Grants for the arts

    Delighted to find out from Arts Council England that my Grants for the arts application has been successful. Details on my plans for the rest of this year coming very soon!

  • Bankley Open Call 2014

    Delighted to have won Bankley Gallery Open Call 2014. Thanks to judges Kwong Lee from Castlefield Gallery, Kate Jesson from Manchester Art Gallery, Chris Bloor from And Model and Peter Seal.

  • Bankley Open

    10/10/2014 – 26/10/2014
    Bankley Gallery, Manchester

    Delighted that my work Spark has won first prize in Bankley Gallery Open Call 2014. The exhibition featuring diverse work by all twenty of the shortlisted artists is on each weekend until 26 October.

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