Ria Hartley

Ria Hartley at The Island

Ria Hartley is an interdisciplinary solo performance artist, based in Bristol, UK. Her work has taken forms as devised theatre, site-specific and durational performance, live art, installation, video, photography, one-to-one performance and socio-political art.

Her practice pays close attention to memory, identity, human relationships, and shared narratives and often invites participation and exchange between herself and her audiences, seeking to blur the relationship between performer and audience, space and situation in order to open new spaces of thought and exchange.


Hartley has worked as an associate lecturer in BA Theatre at Falmouth University (2010 – 2013) and was a visiting artist lecturer for BA Theatre: Performance at Plymouth University (2012). She has delivered various training in devised theatre, media and performance and site-specific performance. Recent projects include – Untouchable (Flying Solo Contact Theatre, 2015) Anamnesis (SPILL National Showcase 2015) SPIT KIT (Fierce Festival, Steakhouse Live, InIVA 2014/15) Matilda and Me (UK Tour 2014) The Genetic Body (2015 – 2020)

Ria Hartley is a member of Residence Collective (C.I.C) and Coordinator of the Solo Contemporary Performance Forum (Bristol)