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



Origami & Paper Art

I have a fascination with origami as an affordable, accessible artform and activity. Shapes can range from the simple to the incredibly complex. I have used origami techniques to create collaborative installations and also for individual make-and-take style workshops. Completion of an origami form gives a huge sense of achievement.



Maya Magic Festival Kew Gardens

As part of a Maya themed easter festival of activities for families I designed, facilitated and managed a series of origami workshops. Children were invited to make their own origami water lily. They then visited the waterlily house to float it on the pool as an offering to the Maya Jaguar god.


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Enlighten Festival of Light & Sound


Workshops to create 1000 origami cranes for a light installation at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Groups included a choir, a brownie pack, a stroke rehabilitation group and a group of learning disabled adults.


Co-operatives United Festival


I was commissioned to design and deliver an activity for the finale event of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives in Manchester. The activity included environmental education and raised awareness of the co-operative bank's wind turbine building programme.


Cyanotypes, Abu Dhabi Science Festival


Art meets science. Using the power of the sun (and UV lamps) to cause a chemical reaction and create images on paper. Workshops for school groups and families at the Abu Dhabi Science Festival with creative science educator Jenny Dockett.