Hannah Rose Thomas is an English artist and Durham graduate in Arabic and History, and has recently completed her MA at the Prince's School of Traditional Art in London.
Ever since she was eighteen years-old, Hannah has sold her paintings and received commissions to fund her humanitarian work in Mozambique, Sudan, Jordan and Iraq.
Hannah’s intimate portrait paintings seek to humanise the individuals forced to flee their homes, whose personal stories are otherwise shrouded by statistics.
Her portraits have been shown at the Saatchi Gallery, the Houses of Parliament and Durham Cathedral. Three of Hannah’s paintings have been chosen by HRH The Prince of Wales for his exhibition Prince & Patron in Buckingham this summer.
While living in Jordan as an Arabic student in 2014, Hannah organised art projects with Syrian refugees for UNHCR. This experience led her to seek ways to combine her art and humanitarian work. Hannah has subsequently organised art projects in Kurdistan with Yezidi women who had escaped ISIS captivity, and for Rohingya children in refugee camps on the Myanmar border.
The aim of both the art projects and Hannah's portrait paintings is to harness the power of art as a tool for advocacy; bringing their stories into places of influence in the West