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Hannah Tilson

Personal Patterns and Experimental Printmaking
22. 7. – 3. 8. 24

Hannah Tilson - Hectic Form of Forgetting, pigment in binder, lino and lino ink, on muslin, 2023, 51.5 x 41 cm Hectic Form of Forgetting, Pigment in Bindemittel, Linoleum, 2023

About the course

The course stems from a passion for patterns. When you look, they can be found everywhere. Whether they are in the shadows, cutting darkly and sharply through a chain-link fence or falling and splicing through a building designed by Carlo Scarpa, the tiles of your kitchen or bathroom floor, symbolic patterns, visual language, the clothes you dress in now or in years gone by, the wallpaper pasted on your walls...

We will begin by sharing image references and discovering patterns throughout art history: Katsushika ōi, Mary Cassatt, Jade Fadojutimi, Hilma Af Klimt, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Kiki Kogelnik, to name a few. We will explore exciting new mark-making techniques and allow fresh and unexpected gestures and marks to happen, building our patterned languages.

As a student, you are asked to bring a drawing or a pattern that means something to you personally. It could be a pattern or print from the culture you grew up in or where you find yourself now. It could also be a pattern you like or one that expresses how you feel. Through your chosen making processes, you will find yourself inking, printing, carving, scraping, adding, erasing and repeating to achieve unexpected and exciting results.

By introducing various experimental printmaking methods, we will explore the seemingly endless possibilities of working with an explorative approach to printmaking, allowing each participant to incorporate these approaches in the way that best suits them. The nature of the print studio is stimulating, prolific and intensive. We will work in a hands-on, energetic team environment and have group discussions, exchanging ideas and encouraging our work to evolve. We will not focus on perfecting classical techniques but explore exciting new experimental printmaking techniques with the added elements of drawing and collage.

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Festung Hohensalzburg
22. 7. – 3. 8. 24
Teaching language
What to bring
Materials and images/drawings to work from, sketchbook, preferred drawing utensils, working clothes. If you already own the materials next listed and would like to use them, bringing your own instead of buying them at the school, please do so: printmaking tools (lino/drypoint needles etc.) watercolors/ water-soluble pencils for monoprinting, tissue paper for chine-collé, holey and textured materials like fruit netting/lace to use as stencils. Thin plastic sheets for drypoint and monoprint (preferably between 0.9 and 1.2mm thick).
Readiness to develop new and experimental ways of printmaking; you must be willing to work and share ideas in a group and work autonomously
Teaching Assistant
Otis Blease
Maximum number of participants
Participation fee
670 Euro (reduced 495 Euro)

Hannah Tilson

Hannah Tilson (born in 1995) lives and works in London. She graduated BA from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2018, studied on exchange at the New York Studio School and graduated from a postgraduate scholarship course at the Royal Drawing School in 2021. Tilson was artist in residence at Palazzo Monti in September 2022 and long-listed for the Ruth Borchard Self‑Portrait Prize in 2021. Tilson works in a variety of media: painting, mixing raw pigments and binder, drawing, printmaking and embroidering. Building up layers of translucent and opaque colours, concealing and revealing parts of the image, Tilson camouflages herself in vibrating and fragmented spaces filled with patterns. She views her body and the fabrics encompassing her as a landscape/pattern of rhythmic and geometric forms. The figure disappears and reappears, sometimes being completely swallowed up by the fabrics and other times; a hand or a shoe surfaces, taking the viewer closer to their own reality. The ambiguous shapes become a changeable part of this layered world, allowing the viewer to question what they see. In this fast-moving, turbulent space, abstracted through the pattern lens, something seems familiar, yet abstract…Everything is not as it seems.

Education / Teaching experience
2022 ‘Personal Patterns’ course at Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts
2021–present Tutor for the Young Artists program, Royal Drawing School, London
2019–21 Royal Drawing School, London, Postgraduate
2021 Drawing at home - pattern still life, Printmaking at home - tetra pak, online workshops for ‘Energy Systems’, Well Projects
2014–18 Slade School of Fine Art, London, Bachelor’s in Fine Art
2016 New York Studio School, New York, exchange program
2013–14 Central Saint Martins, London, Foundation Diploma

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Solo Exhibitions
2021 Swoosh, Well Projects, Margate (UK). 2017 Tongue and Chic, Peckham Pelican, London. 2016 Hannah Tilson Final Exhibit, NYSS, New York, NY (US).

Group Exhibitions
2023 Phantom Brush, A plus A, Venice. Cure3,Bonhams, London. London Art Fair, Advanced Graphics stand, London. 2022 London Art Fair, Advanced Graphics booth, London. DREAM BABY DREAM, Paint talk at Fitzrovia gallery, London. 2021 Best of the Drawing Year, Christies, London. Small is Beautiful XXXIX, Flowers Gallery Cork Street, London. Salvaje Y Dulce, Badr El Jundi Gallery, Marbella (ES). Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize, Artsy. The Drawing Year End of Year Exhibition, Royal Drawing School, London. The Drawing Room, Berntson Bhattacharjee, London. Pacific Breeze II, White Conduit Projects, London. ArtUk Auction, Online. Original Paper Works, Online. 2020 Cure3, Bonhams, London. London Art Fair, Advanced Graphics both, London. 2019 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London. Guts Gallery Inaugural Exhibition, Guts Gallery, London. Voi rubate del tempo alla fretta a noi il mare ci impone lentezza, Castro Projects, Rome. 18/11/1, PMQ, Hong Kong. 2018 Paper Cuts, The Saatchi Gallery, London. The Lotus Eaters, Aindrea Contemporary, London. BA Degree Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London. Hot Milk, Post Institute, London. The Pink Panther Show, Gallery 46, London. 2017 From Cornucopia, Center for Recent Drawing, London. 2016 Art is the Highest Form of Hope, NYSS, New York. Topless Palaces, NYSS, New York. Legumes, 4 Malden Road, London.


Inside the Artist’s Studio, Art on a Postcard, 2022
Architectural Digest Spain, December, 2022
"5 Minutes with Hannah Tilson”, in: Elephant Magazine, Emily Steer, 25 Oct. 2021
“It’s a date: Hannah Tilson”, in: Contemporanea, Alberta Romano, Issue 04/05/06/ 2021
“The Art of Drawing featuring Hannah Tilson”, in: Berntson Bhattacharjee, January Spotlight, 2021
“Minnie Kemp asks: why do we collect things?”, in: Living etc. Magazine, Minnie Kemp, Issue 11/2020
“Isolation Interview with Hannah Tilson”, in: Seam Agency, 2 Sep. 2020