Children’s Graduation Carousel 2021

12:00am-11:59pm, 3 May–27 June 2021

Children’s Graduation Carousel

500 children from Timmergreens and Muirfield Primary School

Led by artist Sally Hackett

Therapets of your Dreams
by artist Sally Hackett


Celebrating the children who are graduating onto secondary school and moving onto new things, this is the fourth annual event working with local primary schools Timmergreens and Muirfield.

As an alternative to our grand annual Procession this year, artist Sally Hackett is working with all the pupils and teachers at both schools to create a sprawling Carousel within Hospitalfield’s grounds. This collective artwork will combine the dream therapets made by pupils from both Schools into a fairground Carousel. All of the therapets will be hosted in the Hospitalfield grounds for family and friends to visit on 23 and 24 June 2021.

Through weekly workshops over six weeks, Sally has asked the children to imagine their dream therapet, an imaginary pet that looks after them and can have magical abilities to give them comfort or feel better.

The therapets are a symbol of the nurture and care the primary seven’s received during their time at primary and over this last year. The image of the children and the therapet riding together on the carousel symbolises moving forward and carrying that feeling of nurture with them into the future.

Sally Hackett Biography

Sally Hackett is an artist and educator living and working in Glasgow. Sally makes sculpture with a range of materials of widely different shelf lives and sell by dates from glazed ceramics to peanuts, garlic husks and toilet rolls. Spurred by intuitive making, Sally creates her work predominantly around emotion and mental states. Characters appear showing stories of social intricacies, heartbreak and human failure but with a playful aesthetic of bright colours and cartoon faces. Her work aims to simultaneously express both joy and pain. The playful aesthetic of the work mirrors the sentiment, displaying the energy and beauty present in imperfection. Sally’s interest in pedagogy often sees her working directly with community groups and children to create works collaboratively or facilitate others in their act of creating. She has worked on educational projects with a wide range of organisations, completing projects and residencies with Glasgow Royal Hospital for Children, GOMA, Project Ability, Platform, Panel and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Recent exhibitions include ‘A toilet is a wishing well’ Generator Projects (2020) ‘A Weakness for Raisins’ CCA, Glasgow (2018) ‘From Glasgow Women’s Library’ (2018) and ‘The Fountain of Youth’, Edinburgh Art Festival (2016).

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