Dr Hana Leaper

Liverpool School of Art and Design

Dr Hana Leaper was appointed to the post of John Moores Painting Prize Senior Lecturer and Development Manager in late 2017. She began to undertake research on the John Moores Painting Prize in her previous role as Paul Mellon Centre Fellow and one of the founding Editors of the prestigious born-digital journal British Art Studies at the Paul Mellon Centre, a part of Yale University. At the Centre she played an active role in the research programme, and curated the display ‘The Catalogues of the John Moores Painting Prize’ to commemorate sixty years of the competition.

Dr Leaper’s wider research interests include the Grosvenor School of linocut artists, twentieth century exhibiting histories and artists’ networks, and theories of an artistic middlebrow. She is currently working on an exhibition and catalogue of Grosvenor School linocuts with Dulwich Picture Gallery, and a touring retrospective of Sybil Andrews’ work that will begin at the Glenbow, Calgary in 2019.

Alongside Dr Sophie Hatchwell, she co-founded the Early Career Researchers in British Art Network which, supported by the PMC, staged numerous events for ECRs, including a ‘copyright briefing for researchers’ and seminars on preparing for journal and book publication.

Between 2015-2018 she was a guest lecturer on the Courtauld Institute of Art ‘Making the Modern: art and visual culture in Britain 1890-1970’ MA programme, and the Yale in London ‘Photography and the Artistic Imagination in Victorian and Edwardian Britain’ programmes.

On completion of her PhD ‘Vanessa Bell and the Significance of Form in 2014, Hana worked for the Charleston Foundation researching and cataloguing the Angelica Garnett Gift. During her post graduate studies, Hana lectured in English literature and art history at the University of Liverpool and on the art and design programme at the University of Wolverhampton.

Hana holds a BA in Art History and English Literature, and an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Leeds, and a PhD in British and European Modernist art and culture from the University of Liverpool.


Leaper H. 2019. Life in Linocuts: The Printmakers of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art Gaber L. Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking Bloomsbury Publishing, Philip Wilson imprint. Great Britain 978-1-78130-078-7

Leaper HM, Mills P. 2018. Eden in Sussex: Atheist Moderns and the Berwick Church Murals Bluemel K, McCluskey M. Rural Modernity in Britain A Critical Intervention Edinburgh University Press 9781474420952 Publisher Url

Leaper HM. 2018. Ekphrastic writing; illusive illustration: Vanessa Bell’s embroideries for Virginia Woolf’s ‘Kew Gardens’ Battershill C, Wilson N. Virginia Woolf and the World of Books 9781942954569

Leaper HM. 2018. The ‘materials of modern composition’ in contemporary spiritual art shown at the RA in 1922 Card B, Turner SV, Hallett M, Feather J. The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769-2018

Leaper HM. 2018. "Immortal Apples and Eternal Eggs": Life and Still Life in the Bedsits of Bloomsbury Briganti C, Mezei K. Living with Strangers Bedsits and Boarding Houses in Modern English Life, Literature and Film :43-62 Bloomsbury Publishing 9781350016521 DOI Publisher Url

Leaper HM. 2018. From Inheritance to Legacy: Virginia Woolf's Place Within Networks of Women Creatives Smith L, Tassi E, Bennett E. Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings Tate 9781849765985

Leaper HM. 2018. Talk of the Table: Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant's Famous Women Dinner Service Ketteringham S, Travers M. From Omega to Charleston The Art of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant 1910- 1934 9781901192513

Leaper H. 2017. From London to Paris Milroy S, Dejardin I. Vanessa Bell Philip Wilson 9781781300510

Leaper H. 2017. ’"Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!": Vanessa Bell’s Death of the Moth Dust Jacket as Monument to Virginia Woolf’ Reus A, Breckin T, deGay J.

Internet publication

Leaper H. 2019. Omega Workshops, Ltd. https://www.modernistarchives.com/business/omega-workshops-ltd Author Url

Leaper H. 2017. Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1961 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/bontecou-untitled-t00506 Publisher Url

Leaper H. 2017. Alexander Calder, Black Sun, 1953 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/calder-black-sun-t01090 Publisher Url

Leaper HM. 2016. Alexander Calder, Antennae with Red and Blue Dots, c.1953 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/calder-antennae-with-red-and-blue-dots-t00541 Publisher Url

Leaper H. 2016. Theo van Doesburg, Counter-Composition VI, 1925 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/doesburg-counter-composition-vi-t03374

Leaper H. 2016. Kurt Schwitters, Opened by Customs, 1937–8 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/schwitters-opened-by-customs-t00214

Leaper H. 2016. Jessica Dismorr, Abstract Composition, c.1915 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/dismorr-abstract-composition-t01084

Leaper H. 2016. Vanessa Bell, Abstract Painting, c.1914 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/bell-abstract-painting-t01935

Leaper H. 2016. Vanessa Bell, Frederick and Jessie Etchells Painting, 1912, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/bell-frederick-and-jessie-etchells-painting-t01277

Leaper H. 2015. Leon Kossoff, Self-Portrait, c.1952 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/kossoff-self-portrait-t07198

Leaper H. 2015. Maggi Hambling, War Coffin, 1994 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/hambling-war-coffin-t07078

Journal article

Hatchwell S, Insh F, Leaper H. 2019. Born Digital: Early Career Researchers Shaping Digital Art History Visual Resources, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Leaper H. 2017. The Famous Women Dinner Service: A Critical Introduction British Art Studies, 7 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Leaper H. 2017. Controversial Moderns Art and Christianity Journal, 91 Publisher Url Public Url

Leaper H. 2016. ‘Old-fashioned modern’: Claude Flight's Lino-Cuts and Public Taste in the Interwar Period Modernist Cultures, 11 :389-408 DOI Publisher Url

Leaper H. 2015. A Bloomsbury Miscellany from the Charleston Attic

Editorial Group BAS. Editorial British Art Studies, DOI Publisher Url


Leaper H. 2018. Introduction to Midldlebrow Tate Etc issue 42,

Leaper H. 2017. Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse Early Modern Women, 11 :192-198 DOI Publisher Url

BAS editorial group , Leaper H, Turner SV, Droth M. 2016. British Art Studies Editorial Issue 4 Leaper H, Turner SV, Droth M. British Art Studies, DOI Author Url Publisher Url

BAS Editorial team , Leaper H, Turner SV, Droth M. 2016. British Art Studies BAS Editorial Team , Leaper H, Turner SV, Droth M. British Art Studies, DOI Publisher Url

BAS Editorial Team , Leaper H. 2016. British Art Studies Leaper H. British Art Studies, DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Leaper H, Turner SV, Droth M, BAS Editorial Group . 2015. British Art Studies Leaper H, Turner SV, Droth M, BAS Editorial Group . British Art Studies, DOI Publisher Url

Leaper H. 2010. Crafting Modernist Aesthetics review of 'Beyond Bloomsbury: Designs of the Omega Workshops 1913-19' exhibition at Courtauld Institute of Art, 18th June to 20th September 2009 The Journal of Modern Craft, 3 :111-114 DOI Publisher Url


Leaper HM, Jones V, Knight D, Purkiss A, Raback JSK, Tobin C, Wilkins D, Stutchbury A, Wilson S . 2017. The Famous Women Dinner Service: A Critical Catalogue Leaper HM. Paul Mellon Centre Publisher Url

Leaper H, Samuel G. 2015. Sybil Andrews Linocuts: A Complete Catalogue Lund Humphries Publishers, Limited 9781848221802 Publisher Url

Samuel G, Gallery OS, Andrews S. 2015. Sybil Andrews and the Grosvenor School Linocuts Osborne Samuel LLP 9780993078644 Publisher Url


Chicago J, League TWSA, Leaper H, Law J. The Famous Women Dinner Service: In Conversation with Contemporary Art Publisher Url


Milroy S, Dejardin I, with research consultation and development support from Leaper H. Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)

Leaper HM. The Catalogues of the John Moores Painting Prize

Smith L, with research consultation and development support from Leaper H. Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings

Leaper HM, Spalding F, Shone R, Piano Nobile , Clarke D. From Omega to Charleston

Leaper H. The John Moores Painting Prize and the Rise of the Sixties in Liverpool

Leaper H, Binns A. The Famous Women Project Tate Exchange Author Url

Conference organisation:

Collective taskforce workshop: Auditing diversity among John Moores Painting Prize winners, Organiser. 2021

Absence: Absent from history/absent from the gallery, Co-convener, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sINVDJKpXvg&t=2s;%20https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xguzuACjVHE. 2020

Regionalism, Value and Diversifying Post War British Art, Co-convener, https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1QOtQbiox27AExTR8GRLJdZMAvcG2OeF6. 2020

Debating the status of post-war painting, Co-convener, https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1S654wmoafv5bxGQM9drptfrZVACs50cM. 2019

Symposium and Screening, Famous Women: In Conversation with Contemporary Art, Co-convener with Amy Binns. 2019

The John Moores Painting Prize and the Rise of the Sixties in Liverpool, A Performative Evening Happening, Supporting Adi Lerer, http://adilerer.com/event-response/4594590031. 2019

Talk and tour: John Moores Painting Prize China winners 2018, organiser and presenter, https://www.artinliverpool.com/events/talk-and-tour-john-moores-painting-prize-china-winners-2018/. 2018

Building relationships with contemporary Chinese artists in the UK symposium, organiser. 2018

Digital Art History, Practice and Potential, Co-convener with Fern Insh and Sophie Hatchwell, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-art-history-practice-and-potential-tickets-36952699519#. 2017

Art History & the Middlebrow workshop, Convener. 2017

Making Women’s Art Matter: New Approaches to the Careers and Legacies of Women Artists, Co-convener with Nadia Hebson, http://www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk/whats-on/forthcoming/making-womens-art-matter-224. 2017

Other invited event:

Doctoral Researchers Network Summer Symposium 2019, Paul Mellon Centre, Respondent for 'Gendered Mediums' panel. 2019

External collaboration:

https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/tate-exchange/workshop/famous-women-project, The Famous Women Project with Tate Liverpool and University of Central Lancaster, Dr Amy Binns. 2019

Conference presentation:

Nina Hamnett: Refusing the mantle of muse, MUSES, ANTI-MUSES, COUNTER MUSES https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/fernand-leger-new-times-new-pleasures/muses-anti-muses-counter, Tate Liverpool, Oral presentation. 2019

The Famous Women Dinner Service, Walthamstow Hall School Sixth Form lecture series, Walthamstow Hall School, Oral presentation. 2019

A Famous Women “Dinner Party”: Film Screening, Talk, Discussion and Reception, A Famous Women “Dinner Party”: Film Screening, Talk, Discussion and Reception, Paul Mellon Centre, Oral presentation. 2018

The Famous Women Dinner Service: In Conversation with Contemporary Art, Making, Place & Protest, Queen Mary, film. 2018

Public talk on John Moores Painting Prize China winners, Walker Art Gallery public programme, Walker Art Gallery, Oral presentation. 2018

Movement at its core: Sybil Andrews and Bury St Edmunds, public programme lecture, Moyse's Hall Museum Bury St Ed, Oral presentation. 2018

From Omega to Charleston, guest lecture to Franklin University Switzerland, Oral presentation. 2018

The Talk of the Table, Public Programmes lecture, Piano Nobile gallery London, Oral presentation. 2018

"The experience of the mass is behind the single voice": Virginia Woolf's sense of her self in relation to wider networks of creativity, Virginia Woolf, Art and Ideas, Tate St Ives, Oral presentation. 2018

The Berwick Church Murals, Adjusting our gaze to the "local and particular", Oxford Environment seminar on modern landscape, Oxford University, Oral presentation. 2018

Mary Martin and the John Moores Painting Prize, Making Women’s Art Visible at Tate, Tate stores and Tate Britain, Oral presentation. 2018

Roundtable discussion, Feast: Room for Food, University of Manchester, roundtable discussion. 2018

Art History and Fair Dealing, Fair Dealing: Theory and Practice, The Derek Jarman Lab, Birkbeck University, panel discussion. 2017

Famous Women: "the familiar, the friendly even the facetious", Decorating Dissidence: Feminism, Modernism and the Arts, Queen Mary University of London and The Arts Pavilion Mile End, Oral presentation. 2017

Vanessa Bell and Making Women's Art Matter, public programmes lecture, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Oral presentation. 2017

Bloomsbury Group Breakfast, Bedford Square Festival, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Oral presentation. 2017

Ekphrastic writing; allusive illustration: Vanessa Bell's illustrations for Virginia Woolf's "Kew Gardens", The 27th Annual International conference on Virginia Woolf: Virginia Woolf and the World of Books, University of Reading, Oral presentation. 2017

Carving Limins: From the Victorian Past to the Modernist Future, Decoding the domestic interior in British portraits, National Portrait Gallery and Geffrye Museum, Oral presentation. 2017

"a corner of a foreign land this is for ever England"': Sybil Andrews and strategies of resistance to losing home, Britain, Canada, and the Arts, Cultural Exchange as Post-war Renewal, University of London, Oral presentation. 2017

Eden in Sussex: Atheist Moderns and the Berwick Church Murals, Sussex Modernists and Transformations in the Twentieth-Century Landscape, University of Sussex, Oral presentation. 2017

Fair Use et Open Content: les réponses américaines aux nouvelles pratiques de l'image, Festival de l'histoire de l'art, Fontainebleau, Oral presentation. 2017

'"A Room of One's Own", the Bedsits of Bloomsbury, Public programmes lecture, Williamson Art Gallery Birkenhead, Oral presentation. 2017

Controversial Moderns: Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant at St Michael and All Saints, Sacred Tradition and the Arts Seminar Series, University College London and The Courtauld Institute of Art, Oral presentation. 2017

External committees:

Post-war Painting in Regional Collections Research Network, British Art Network, Co-founder and co-convener, https://postwarbritishpainting.wordpress.com/. 2019

Jury Service, Gov.uk, Juror. 2018

Charleston House and Exhibitions Committee, Charleston, Committee member. 2017

Early Career Researchers in British Art Network, Paul Mellon Centre, Co-founder and Co-convener, https://www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk/research/about-ecr-485. 2016


Curatorial Research Fellowship, Glenbow, Calgary. 2018

Editorial boards:

British Art Studies, Deputy Editor, http://britishartstudies.ac.uk/. 2014