A Durham University student has landed a student placement almost 5,000 miles away from her home town of Houston, Texas.
Hannah Blevens has joined the renowned North East visitor attraction Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum after visiting the site on a University tour.
During the new student placement opportunity, Hannah, 29, will begin an exciting new project for artists. Her project will be creating a new space for artists at Jarrow Hall through developing an Artist Residency Programme and Makerspace offering artist instructed classes. This month, she will be reaching out to local artists to get involved and test out the space.
Jarrow Hall fully launched recently on April 8, following communities’ charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle taking ownership of the site in September 2016.
Through successfully-realising cultural work and relationships with local artists in the community, Jarrow Hall can help ensure the long-term sustainability of the site while furthering Groundwork STAN’s track excellent track record of community engagement.
By offering Hannah a unique placement, Groundwork STAN are working towards achieving one of their 2020 goals to provide work experience and training opportunities to 310 people whilst extending the beginning of a long future relationship with Durham University.
Hannah is currently studying for an MA in International Cultural Heritage and Management and has an extensive background from a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibres that saw her engage in using different textiles techniques and Art History.
On top of her student placement and studies, Hannah is an artist and creator herself, as she works in textile media such as hand weaving, natural dyeing, and embroidery.  Her focus throughout her degree is examining craft as an embodiment and vehicle of culture along with the development of sustainable livelihoods through heritage craft and skills.
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