Where To See My Work

April 28th, 2016

27 April 2016

Where To See My Work

Blackheath Gallery. 7 May – 18 June. Corpus

http://www.blackheath-gallery.co.uk/new-index/

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Greenwich Dance. Drawing, painting & etching. Solo show

until 30 May

http://www.greenwichdance.org.uk/

 

Greenwich Printmakers Gallery. Group show

Spring Exhibition until 8 May

Early Summer Exhibition 11 May – 3 July

Mid Summer Exhibition 6 July – 4 September

http://www.greenwich-printmakers.co.uk/

 

Harefield Hospital, Middx. Group show

30 April – 27 July

My Open Studio

3 – 5 May. My studio: studio 17 Unit 0

http://www.secondfloor.co.uk/open-studios/default.html

 

No Format Gallery

Residency with 2 other artists, more information to follow

18 – 24 July

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

Showing on Greenwich Printmakers Stand

20 – 23 October

http://affordableartfair.com/battersea/

Protein Dance. May Contain Food

April 27th, 2016

April 27 2016

Protein Dance. May Contain Food

Fabulous new show from Protein at The Place then touring, from choreographer Luca Silvestrini with a wonderful a cappella score from Orlando Gough. Eight performers are our waiters, four dancers and four singers who sing, dance and mime question our relationships with food, the confusing roles food plays in our lives and the controversial messages we are given about food. Humorous, touching and delicious.
Protein 2s
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Pavilion Dance. Parkinson’s Awareness Day

April 20th, 2016

20 April 2016

Pavilion Dance. Parkinson’s Awareness Day

Parkinson's Dance.Sally McKay

In November 2015 I was asked by Pavilion Dance to visit Bournemouth to draw in a dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease, the artwork was made into a printed limited edition of 10 prints with the title Dance for Parkinson’s and sold at auction to help raise money to develop more of these invaluable classes across the south-west.

17 April I was invited back to Pavilion Dance to take part in their Parkinson Awareness Day and display some of the drawings made during the class. It was a fascinating day of talks, participation in movement, singing and discussion.

COAL. Gary Clarke Company

April 19th, 2016

18 April 2016

COAL. Gary Clarke Company

On Friday I went to The Place to see Gary Clarke Company’s brilliant COAL. Visceral, passionate, speaks to your very soul.

A couple of sketches drawn in the dark

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Coal is touring

Monoprints

March 25th, 2016

25 March 2016

Monoprints

This week I have been experimenting with Monoprints. A Monoprint is a form of printmaking where the print is made only once, unlike most printmaking where a limited edition of each image is made.  I have painted directly on to the plate using my drawings as inspiration,  The first is from a drawing made of Ballet Black‘s performance at the BarbicanStoryville 

Storyville_edited-3 Storyville. Ballet Black

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you flicker_edited-1You Flicker. I Cannot Touch You. 

I am beginning a new series of etchings inspired by lines of poetry. The first in the series is inspired by Sylvia Plath‘s Poppies In July:

“You flicker. I cannot touch you.

I put my hands among the flames. Nothing burns”

Ballet Black

March 20th, 2016

March 20 2016

Ballet Black at The Barbican

A wonderful evening watching Ballet Black’s triple bill at the Barbican. I did a few sketches which I’d like to use for etchings

Ballet Black Cristaux b

Choreographer Arthur Pita, dancers Cira Robinson and Mthuthuzeli November in Cristaux

Ballet Black begin b

Choreographer Christopher Marney. To Begin, Begin

Ballet Black story b

Choreographer Christopher Hampson. Storyville.

Gaby Agis & The Raincoats

February 28th, 2016

28 February 2016

Gaby Agis & The Raincoats

1 Gaby Aggis

A set from DJ Lucky Cat began the evening

2 Gaby Aggis

Shouting Out Loud was originally choreographed by Agis in 1984 for thirteen women, some members from the original performance were dancing last night. The soundtrack composed by Anna da Silva includes The Raincoats song ‘Shouting Out Loud’.

3 Gaby Aggis

Live performance by post punk band The Raincoats, included a solo In Anticipation of Surrender choreographed and danced by Gaby Agis to ‘No One’s Little Girl’ performed live by The Raincoats.

5 Stars from me!

Le Patin Libre

January 24th, 2016

January 24 2016

Le Patin Libre

Last week watched and drew Le Patin Libre skate Vertical Influences at Somerset House. Last saw them at Alexandra Palace during Dance Umbrella 2014,  Wonderful combination of exhilaratingly fast and dangerous with calm, slow meditative. Beautiful swooping patterns carved into the ice. Loved that at the end they came off the ice to talk to us. Have begun an etching inspired by the drawings

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le patin libre 3

Until the Lions. Akram Khan Company

January 12th, 2016

12 January 2016

Until the Lions. Akram Khan Company

Last night I went to a preview of Akram Khan‘s Until The Lions at the Roundhouse. Beautiful, mesmerising, powerful dance, by the 3 magnificent dancers. The music is fantastic and the lighting by Michael Hulls is evocative and wonderful. I just wish I had arrived in time to read the complex storyline in the programme before it started.

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Akram Khan Company performing Until the Lions

Drawn in the dark, I had no idea what was being transferred to paper

Parkinson’s Dance, Pavilion Dance South West

December 30th, 2015

December 30 2015

Parkinson’s Dance, Pavilion Dance South West

Last month I was asked if I would like to visit Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth to draw a truly inspirational dance class to help raise money to extend the class to other venues across the South West. The class is for people with the progressive neurological condition, Parkinson’s, this condition affects 1 in every 500 people across the UK. Common symptoms are difficulties with balance, co-ordination, turning around, posture and walking. The class is led by a dance teacher and a physiotherapist.

I created an A2 image in graphite, coloured pencil and watercolour. It has been printed as a signed limited edition giclee print on Hahnemuhle German Etching Paper. All proceeds of sales go to Parkinson’s Dance to raise money for this very worthwhile class. If you would like to buy a print please contact eloise@pdsw.org.uk

Parkinson's Dance.Sally McKay

Parkinson’s Dance, 2015