Sarah has been involved in numerous community art projects, including “Shed Gallery”, a tiny art space housed in a shed on an allotment. With artist Rachel Elwell, she formed Art Yarn; a knitting project related to social enterprise, community networks and helping people learn new skills. In the process of highlighting various social issues the pair managed to create the craze “yarn bombing” a brilliant type of knitted graffiti whereby trees, bikes and lampposts are covered in knitted cosies! Of the project Sarah said, “It has a sense of nostalgia, even if you didn’t directly experience the time when everyone made their own clothes, it harks back to a time before everything was mass produced”. Nostalgia and a yearning for a lost era of optimism feature heavily in Sarah Hardacre’s art. Silkscreen printing is Sarah’s primary medium. She discovered the practice after doing a course at “Hot Bed Press”, an open access community print workshop in the Salford where she continues to develop her practice. Even her process is deeply rooted in her social history interests; she likes the fact that printing was a labour based working class industry that was traditionally unionised and dominated by men. The Working Class Movement, the welfare state and the changing role of women within the home and working class society are major themes in her artwork. Sarah Hardacre has exhibited nationally and internationally in the USA, Germany, Norway and Ireland. In 2011, her work was exhibited in the group show ムYour Garden is Looking a Mess Could You Please Tidy it Upメ, alongside artists including Peter Blake, Gerhard Lang and Peter Kennard. She has had residencies at Islington Mill Studios, Berlin, Manchester Museum and L’Ecole Superieure D’Art, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Her work can be found in the collections of The British Museum, the British Council and the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art. Read our editorial featuring Sarah Hardacre: Top 5 Contemporary Nudes.

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