Padlocks of Self-Love: Sally Hackett

29–30 May 2021

Padlocks of Self-Love with Sally Hackett

Join artist Sally Hackett to create Padlocks of Self-Love for the new garden gate in Hospitalfield’s Walled Garden.

Sally has drawn inspiration from the love locks found on the bridges and other romantic sites around cities like Paris and Rome. While the lock as a symbol of love is often associated with romantic love between two people, with Padlocks of Self-Love, Sally will invite participants to dedicate a Padlock to themselves.

Through the workshops people will be invited to make a small wax sculpture, like a self-portrait, which will be sent off to be cast into metal and then soldered onto a padlock. When participants lock their personal padlocks onto the gate, they will be asked to dedicate it as a promise to love themselves.

The Garden as the site for Padlocks of Self-Love resonates with the positive effects for wellbeing that people experience when in Gardens and nature. These individually crafted works resonate with the tradition of arts and crafts at Hospitalfield.

Suitable for people aged 12 and over.

Tickets will be available to book from Monday 17 May 2021 at 10am.

11.00am -12.00pm & 2.00pm – 3.00pm, Saturday 29 May

11.00am -12.00pm & 2.00pm – 3.00pm, Sunday 30 May

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The unveiling of the Sally Hackett’s new gate filial and padlocks will take place later in the summer.

About the Artist

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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