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Hannah Rose Thomas

  • Researcher

PhD scholar, University of Glasgow, MIDEQ and UNESCO

Hannah is a British artist who seeks to use art as a powerful tool for advocacy. She has previously organised art projects with Syrian refugees in Jordan; with Yezidi women who escaped ISIS captivity in Northern Iraq and with Rohingya children in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Her most recent art project has been with survivors of Boko Haram and Fulani violence in Northern Nigeria.

Through these art projects and Hannah's portrait paintings, she seeks to bring the stories of those who have faced displacement and conflict-related sexual violence into places of influence in the Global North. Her paintings have been shown in places including the UK Houses of Parliament, European Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Lambeth Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Saatchi Gallery. She was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 2019 and shortlisted for the Women of the Future Award 2020.

Hannah has a degree in Arabic and History from Durham University and studied her masters at The Prince's School of Traditional Art in London. She is a current PhD Scholar at Glasgow University with the UNESCO 'Art Lab for Human Rights and Dialogue' and MIDEQ.

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Portraits of Yezidi Women in Kurdistan. By Hannah Rose Thomas. Used with permission.