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HARI is a new experimental multidisciplinary arts venture led by artists and arts professionals Sarah Pennington and David Priestman. HARI is run as a not for profit organisation.

Our core areas of interest are research, experimentation and engagement, concerned with process and enquiry rather than finished product.


We want to encourage artists to value and share their making processes and research phases through discussion, exhibition and events. Through these activities we wish to address the lack of understanding by general public audiences of the rationale and richness of research behind finished works, including targeted/general publics in these processes.We are also interested in upskilling local artists, and will offer space for talks and debate. During our research and development phase, we are experimenting with programming, working with artists who have projects which are in-keeping with our interests, and which this space offers a unique opportunity to fulfil.  Artists’ projects will be exhibited to publics throughout their development and enriched with diverse events.

Sarah Pennington

Is an interdisciplinary and socially engaged artist living and working in Hull. Coined by the artist as a “sculptural re-framing of archival material”, the artist incorporates multidisciplinary approaches ranging from casting, printmaking, metal-smithing, assemblage, film and text to transform found artefacts.

Combining these processes, the appropriated object is transformed to illuminate a narrative derived from the object’s historical place and social contexts. 


David Priestman

A multidisciplinary and conceptual artist, filmmaker, exhibited both nationally and internationally based in Hull. His practice utilises a combined approach of digital methods and unconventional materials, to understand boundaries between concept and practice, surface, and the perception of barriers both physically and metaphorically.

Also working as freelance technical coordinator/technician.

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