Sally Hands studied drawing and painting at the Edinburgh College of Art from 1972 to 1977. In 1977 she received the Andrew Grant Scholarship for postgraduate painting and drawing at the ECA. After studying, Sally ran a knitting business, whose customers included Elizabeth Taylor and Brooke Shields.
Sally is a former director of the Swansea Print Workshop, and from 1977 to 1978 her work was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Scottish Society of Women Artists and the City Art Centre Edinburgh. She has also had solo exhibitions as part of the Oxford Printmakers Cooperative, at Illini Union Gallery, Illinois, USA and Ceri Richards Gallery, Swansea. Her work is held in the collections of Durham University, Swansea University, and Paintings for Hospitals Scotland.
As an artist Sally has worked with many different media, producing tapestries, drawings, prints, papier-mâché and knitwear. She also teaches papier-mâché, spinning, knitting, tapestry, papermaking, and printmaking. She has previously taught printmaking in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, she teaches piano and works as a part time teacher for a Community Care Project. She received a Welsh Arts Council Grant to visit France in 1997 and a Millennium Award in 1998.