Padlocks of Self-Love by Hayley Adams

Updated: 08/12/2022


Jordyn joined our Explore and B’Leave programme in June 2022. This programme was developed in response to the covid-19 pandemic, and it focuses on supporting young people aged 15-18 to make the transition from school to post-school activity.

Having identified a long-term goal, to attend Dundee University in 2023 to study Computer Arts, Jordyn joined the programme to build her confidence, enhance her self- esteem and improve her social skills.

As part of her Personal Development Award Jordyn had to select an unfamiliar leisure activity to participate in.

To this end she chose an Art Workshop at Hospitalfield House; A Victorian House with a walled garden café and fernery dedicated to contemporary art and ideas.

Padlocks of Self-Love


Padlocks of Self-Love

Run by artist Sally Hackett as part of a long-term commission & part of the development, the blacksmith made a garden gate leading to the walled garden, entitled ‘Padlocks of Self-Love’.

The workshop encouraged us as individuals to celebrate love for ourselves in an act of creativity and expression. We created small icons and representations of our self in wax; which will be cast in brass and attached to the gate in the walled garden, to be kept as part of the permanent exhibition there.

Jordyn made a blue sea dragon and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

Hayley Addams. Employer Liaison Officer at Barnardo’s Works Tayside. Supporting young people in Dundee, Angus and Perth & Kinross.

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