I came to formal art practice through a 6-year career as a classical ballet costume-maker. Broadly, my practice engages with feminism and feminine sexuality while critiquing material culture and consumerism. I am driven by a commitment to working with textiles and bodies to tell these stories.
Hannah Gartside received a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture) from Victorian College of the Arts in 2016. Her graduate exhibition was awarded an NGV Women’s Association Prize. In 2016 she was the recipeient of the Lou & Mary Senini Student Art Award from McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park. Last year she also presented her first solo exhibition Felt and Held at George Paton Gallery, and has participated in group exhibitions at Craft Victoria, Kings ARI, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Wangaratta Art Gallery, QUT Art Museum, Metro Arts Gallery and McClelland Gallery. In 2017 she was a finalist in Hatched (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts) and Fresh (Craft Victoria). Also in 2017, Gartside undertook a 2-month Varda Artist Residency, on a houseboat in Sausalito, California. For this project she received an Individual Development Grant from Moreland City Council. Her work is held in the Wangaratta Art Gallery collection, and private collections across Australia.