Hannah Ayre
Participatory artist, educator and producer. Creating everything from small-scale crafts to large-scale outdoor sculpture and events.

Environmental Art


Environmental Art

My work is often site-specific, sited outdoors, inspired by nature or involves upcycled materials. Here are a series of projects reflecting some of these themes. I often use art as a vehicle to teach children about environmental issues.



Nelson Mandala,


Edinburgh World Heritage

I was commissioned by Edinburgh World Heritage to design a participatory piece of work to celebrate the restoration of the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill, Edinburgh. The brief was to design a piece which could be completed within a day, was nautically themed and could be viewed when visitors climbed the 143 steps to the top of the monument. Using rice, beans and lentils visitors spent the day filling in the ships compass design.


Da Voar Redd Up, 



A six week residency at The Booth in Scalloway on the Shetland Isles. My residency co-incided with Da Voar Redd Up, the annual clean up of the beaches. I joined community groups to help clean up the debris which is constantly being washed up onto the beaches. I mixed this bruck (rubbish) with natural materials which I found on my explorations of the islands. Materials were woven into scrap fishing nets.

As part of the residency I spent a week travelling around the islands delivering workshops in primary schools. Children leaned about reducing, reusing, recycling while creating a piece of work each for a collaborative installation.


Craigmillar Castle Park, Edinburgh

Summer residency at Craigmillar Castle Park, Edinburgh to to promote community use, enjoyment and respect for a local urban woodland and to improve physical and mental well being.  Twelve workshops with community groups including out of school clubs, a nursery, a women's group and learning disabled adults.  The project culminated with a community exhibition and event.