In The Making

Patrick Hall
'The Things I Think... On Making the Museum and Art Carts'

Patrick Hall sculpture

Patrick Hall sculpture

About Patrick

Patrick Hall is a Hobart-based artist whose works span furniture making, public art, graphic design and sculpture. You may be familiar with his whimsical signposts and animals sculptures in Hobart's Elizabeth Mall.

He uses a range of methods including cabinet-making, printmaking, etching and sculpture and many different materials such as aluminium, wood, glass, acrylic and found objects. His works are often interactive and renowned for their unique blend of design and sculpture, combining poetic and functional  elements.

Patrick’s works are collected widely by both private owners and public institutions in Australia and overseas.

About ‘Hollow Vessels’ and ‘A Place to Go’

Both these objects are carts, commissioned by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) as objects of intrigue and inspiration. They can be used by children and adults alike, although each has a specific educational function.

‘Hollow Vessels’ lives in the Central Gallery at TMAG. It may be used by visitors freely or to enrich programming with TMAG personnel. The glass jars were filled by museum staff over a period of months and their contents continue to be changed over time.  

‘A Place to Go’ lives at TMAG but is not permanently on display. It is brought out to offer visitors an opportunity to make art to enhance their museum experience. It can be parked in a location, set-up and left for visitors to use with only low level of supervision. Alternatively  it  can be the centre point of a more structured program lead by TMAG art educators.


In this film Patrick talks about making the carts and his approach to art-making in general. He discusses his passion for the glass jar, map-making and story-telling and the lure of ‘things’. The interview was conducted in Patrick’s studio in Hobart.  


Activity and question sheet for students (393KB Adobe PDF)

Related links

Article by Eleonora Court 2004

Patrick Hall and Diane Allison website

Article by Peter Hughes 2005