Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings

Present Tense

27 January – 28 April 2024


About the Artists

Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings are an artist duo working in film, drawing, installation and performance. Their work examines the behaviors, history, politics and artefacts of LGBTQ+ culture in the western context, exploring how this culture is reflective of broader societal structures. Their collaborative practice uses film as part documentary and research, and part cinematic experience with an expert use of sound, color, and camerawork. 

Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings use the traditional medium of fresco painting to depict street scenes showing groups of people portraying various power dynamics, class and social relations and positions of authority. Their collaborative work is linked to their ongoing research and exploration into the relationship between public space, architecture, state infrastructure, gender and sexual identity, asking viewers to question what public space looks like. 

Quinlan and Hasting’s solo and duo exhibitions include: ‘Art on the Underground,’ London, UK (2023); ‘Maison Populaire, Montreuil, France (2023); ‘Bleak House,’ Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway (2023); ‘Inside, Huset For Kunst & Design,’ Holstebro, Denmark (2023); and ‘Portraits,’ The Box, Devon, UK (2023).

Selected group exhibitions include: ‘Divided Selves: Legacies, Memories, Belonging,’ Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, UK (2023); ‘A Living Collection,’ The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK (2023); ‘La Position de l’Amour,’ Centre national d’Art Contemporain (CNAC), Grenoble, France (2022); ‘Fugue,’ Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany (2022); ‘MOVE,’ National Gallery, Prague, Czechia (2022); ‘Drawing attention: emerging British artists,’ British Museum, London, UK (2022); ‘Crowd Control,’ High Art Arles, Arles, France (2022); and ‘Queerdirect, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK (2022).

On View in Somerset

‘Present Tense’ is on view through 28 April 2024.