Hannah Rose Arnold
Helensville Railway Station
Hannah Rose Arnold is a fine artist sharing a studio in the Helensville railway station. Trained in photography at Unitec, she specialises in analogue photography, and is interested in experimental picture making using ambient light. Her pictures tell stories of the New Zealand interior and its people - using incidental portraiture, landscape, street photography and moving image. Thematically, she explores the role of women, environmental and personal trauma - and is influenced by a concern for the natural world and a rambling baptist upbringing. She is inspired by New Zealand documentary photographers of the 1960’s - 1980’s. Dabbling in other mediums; including earth pigment painting, woodworking, pottery, sculpture and textiles, Hannah explores the relationship between these art forms and photography - often gleaning inspiration and materials from the local recycling centre, where she works part time. Hannah has an interest in grassroots art, and has run art classes for children and adults in Helensville, as well as volunteering at Mapura studios supporting differently abled artists. She pursues the sharing of skills, materials and knowledge with other artists. Hannahs’ work has travelled in the antipodes - as part of the Wallace art awards and NZ and Australia photobook award. Last year, she won second place in the Kumeu Art awards. In February, she collaborated on an exhibition of photographs on silk with local potter Kristen Calder, held at Public Record gallery. You will often see Hannah outside her Helensville studio - in the carpark making lumen photographs in the sun, or keeping strange hours finishing work for exhibition.