Our Team


Hannah Merrill is an American artist living and working from her home studio in Leeds with a Bachelors in Fine arts. Her work focuses on Watercolour painting with a minor focus on relief printmaking and oil painting.  She works and teaches around North and West Yorkshire in a plethora of mediums from Children’s arts and crafts, to Adult painting, printmaking, and craft Workshops. She is an avid upcycler and pinterest enthusiast, her spare time is often used to explore her flare for interior design and her love of fashion and vintage, means she always has her sewing machine at the ready. Hannah hopes to foster skill share workshops with local artists, crafters, and creatives, whether it is helping working in the printmaking studio, sharing her knowledge of the industry or just preventing a Pinterest fail.  She believes wholeheartedly in a shared artist community and, with her positive bubbly attitude, is excited to get stuck in.  Hannah has been a lover and supporter of Aire Place Studios for many years and is thrilled to finally be a part of our team.

Sarah Francis is the founder of Aire Place Studios and is an award winning artist. As a curator, project coordinator and an artist who exhibits her own work, Sarah has a broad understanding of the creative arts scene within Leeds and the surrounding areas. Sarah has an academic art background, with a First Class BA Honours in Photography and an MFA in Fine Art (graded Distinction) from Leeds University. Working within community arts, and with a diverse understanding of creative workshops, Sarah is on hand to help with your projects! She is also available to put the kettle on and discuss running community projects, setting up your own practices and answer questions about exhibitions and curation.


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