Sarah Gallagher-Hayes trained in sculpture at Southampton University and the world famous Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. She wanted to create sculptures with the same lightness her pencil drawings had. ‘Willow has a fluidity that can’t be matched; it can twist and bend and turn to be reworked into whatever shape I desire; I am literally drawing with sticks.’
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Sarah’s career began almost immediately upon graduating in 1998, she won her first commission from Kew Gardens to create a willow lion to represent Aslan in their ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ themed exhibition. She also began a 3 month residency as Cheshire County Council’s willow sculptor creating site specific work and running workshops. This generated a lot of press coverage and lead to her producing sculptures for film and television sets as well as public and private commissions.
Sarah now exhibits her work at Chelsea flower show, RHS Hampton court, Tatton Park, Blenheim Palace and Chatsworth House to name a few. She is currently working on 8 large installations for Glasgow City centre and an array of animal and reptile sculptures for Chester Zoo.
You are a very talented lady and your enthusiasm is infectious. I look forward to coming to another workshop very soon. Thanks so muchAdrienne Thomas
Sarah offers a variety of courses in willow sculpture around Cheshire. The courses are a fun and enjoyable approach to creating beautiful sculptures with willow. Take a look at what courses are available and we hope to see you there.
Fantastic willow sculpture course. Great fun!Linda