rhstricklandspence@gmail.com

Hope is a visual anthropologist from Manchester, UK.

She currently works as a freelance filmmaker and workshop facilitator across the North West. Her interests span feminist film practices, the Black radical imagination and archival response. Her forthcoming projects are concerned with an experimental approach to exploring avenues for black agency within audio-visual media.

Education

2020 - 2024 ESRC PhD studentship, practice-led Social Anthropology, University College London

2017 - 2018 MA in Visual Anthropology, The University of Manchester

2011 – 2015 BA with Honours in History of Art with English Literature, The University of Edinburgh

Exhibitions/Screenings

UK New Artists, Leicester City Takeover - February - March 2021

Regard Bleu: Film Festival, Zurich, Switzerland - October 2020

Rapport Festival: Black Film Festival, Online - September 2020

Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival Open Exhibition - September to December 2020 

Fringe of Colour Films, Edinburgh/Online -  August 2020

Festival International du Film Ethnographic du Quebec, Montreal, Canada – May 2020 cancelled due to Covid-19

German International Ethnographic Film Festival, Online – May 2020

MIRA Digital, Online - April 2020

Spit That Out: North West Artist Film Programme, HOME, Manchester, UK – February 2020

intimalente/imtimalens, Caserta, Italy - December 2019

La Junqueira Residency, Lisbon, Portugal - December 2019

Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, Greece – November 2019

Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival, American Anthropological Association, Vancouver, Canada – November 2019

Etnoff no.5, Skopje, Macedonia – October 2019
Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest, UK - October 2019, Nominated for Best Scottish Production
Nordic Anthropological Film Association Festival, Joensuu, Finland – October 2019

Journeys International Festival, Leicester, UK – August 2019

Migration Matters Festival, Sheffield, UK – June 2019

Leeds City Museum, UK – June 2019

CampusDoc Student Film Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands – June 2019

VIII Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology, Moscow, Russia – May 2019

MIRA, PS Mirabel, Manchester, UK – April 2019
Story Film Festival, Cork, UK – April 2019, First Place

Days of Ethnographic Film, Slovene Ethnographical Society, Ljubljana, Slovenia – March 2019
FilmedUp, HOME, Manchester, UK – March 2019, Audience Choice

Granada Centre Showcase, KinoFilm Festival, Manchester, UK – November 2018

Artists of Colour, Islington Mill, Manchester, UK – November 2018

Cinetranse Ethnographic Documentary, Manchester, UK – October 2018

CampusDoc Student Film Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands – June 2018

Publications
Journal of Anthropological Films, 3(1), e2795 - 2019

Residencies/Awards

Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival Open Exhibition  2020 - Solo Show Prize Winner

Research Residency with Art360 Foundation and the International Curator's Forum on the Aubrey Williams Archive - July 2020 - February 2021

ESRC PhD studentship, practice-led Social Anthropology, University College London - May 2020

WAAW Residency, St Louis, Senegal – postponed due to Covid-19

La Junqueira Residency, Lisbon, Portugal – December 2019 - commissioned artist by the curator-in-residence

Cousin Prize for academic excellence, ECA – May 2012

Collections

The North West Film Archive, Manchester Metropolitan University

Teaching Purposes
SFSU, MA Visual Anthropology
Tromso University, MA Visual Anthropology 
Muenster University, MA Visual Anthropology 
The University of Manchester, MA Visual Anthropology 

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