Research Assistant, Global People Movements
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. 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 subsequently began painting portraits of refugees she had met, to show the people behind the global crisis, whose personal stories are often shrouded by statistics.
Hannah’s portraits have been shown at the Houses of Parliament, European Parliament, Scottish Parliament, GCHQ, DfID, Lambeth Palace, The Saatchi Gallery and Durham Cathedral. Three of Hannah’s paintings of Yezidi women were chosen by HRH The Prince of Wales for his exhibition Prince & Patron in Buckingham Palace the summer of 2018.
In August 2017 Hannah organised an art project in Northern Iraq with Yezidi women who had escaped ISIS captivity, and in April 2018 for Rohingya children in refugee camps on the Myanmar border. Her most recent project has been with survivors of Boko Haram and Fulani violence in Northern Nigeria.
Hannah has been selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 2019 and is a recipient of the European International Women’s Leadership Award 2019.