Demonstrating the power of art as a method of critique on modern cultural and political aspects, Peter Hanmer designs fantastical and frequently dystopian miniature installations. Interested in history, philosophy and storytelling, Hanmer’s sculpted worlds are made with meaning and explore the reality of our existence. How credible is our universe when you step into the shoes of a miniature? Being the focal point of his practice, Hanmer intends viewers to “feel like they are a part of this world; to make a connection to the figures, and to whatever it is they think is occurring within the space.”
In 2017, Hanmer won the Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculpture of the Year Award with his superb installation ‘The Cave’ for its atmospheric telling of Plato’s Cave. A year later, he graduated from Newcastle University with an MA in Fine Art. Shows and other awards include ‘These are the Voyages’, Cheeseburn Sculpture Garden, Newcastle Upon Tyne (2021) being shortlisted for the Jerrold Makers Open (2019) and the Foci Magazine competition (2016), ‘Digital Citizen – The Precarious Subject’, BALTIC, Gateshead (2019), ‘Plato’s Lair’, Cheeseburn Sculpture Garden (2018), long-listed for the Signature Art Prize (2015) and ‘The Discerning Eye’, Mall Galleries, London (2014).