Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2014

July 21st, 2014

21 July 2014

Wonderful day yesterday at the Greenwich World Cultural Festival in the gardens of the beautiful English Heritage site, Eltham Palace, leading family Art Workshops with son Max and daughter Gaby. A Greenwich Dance initiative where I am the Resident (Visual) Artist.

Many pop-up performances during the afternoon from Mattress Circus, Moxie Brawl, Dingolay Caribbean Dance, Folded Feather, Emergency Exit Arts; family creative dance workshops, social dancing with Thomas Michael Voss; A Curious Cakewalk; Music from Gypsy Dread Band and Rhythm of the City. Chinese Ribbon Dance Workshops and many more wonderful activities to watch and take part in.

My son Max (blue tee-shirt middle) led Clay Model Making,

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The clay models drying in the sun

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Daughter Gaby taught visitors of all ages how to make an origami Crane, (she insisted was a swan) as part of The International Peace Crane Project 2014

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 I led a drawing activity for all ages

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Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2014

July 16th, 2014

Wednesday 16 July

Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2014

Eltham Palace

Sunday 20th July  12.30 – 4.30pm

Free entry for all the family to the beautiful grounds of the English Heritage site, Eltham Palace. Enjoy pop-up performances of dance, theatre, music and circus, a vintage ballroom in the Great Hall and creative workshops.

Join Max, Gaby and myself in the Dry Moat to make a clay model to take home, make an origami Crane becoming a part of the International Peace Crane Project and lets Draw Together, all art workshops are for all ages.

 

The Old Library Handmade Market

July 5th, 2014

5 July 2014

Today I will be at a new local venue selling framed & unframed etchings and greeting cards in Blackheath 10am – 2pm. Mention my blog to claim a £5.00 discount on etchings

Close Your Eyes and Dream

Close Your Eyes and Dream. Edition of 30

 

The Old Library Handmade Market

The World’s Greatest Show

June 28th, 2014

28 June 2014

Arthur Pita’s The World’s Greatest Show

The Never-Ending Dance Marathon of 1935

During the American depression in the 1930′s Dance Marathon’s were organised as entertainment, where couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours competing for prize money, the longest recorded Marathon lasted 3,780 hours. The World’s Greatest Show is a dance-theatre work exploring this phenomenon, choreographed by Arthur Pita with music by Frank Moon and a live jazz band.

In June 2013 I was invited by Arthur Pita to draw the show in R & D at Greenwich Dance, with the working title Nobody’s Baby, 10 performers danced for 100 hours keeping to the original marathon rules. Sometimes I arrived to draw at 10.00 am, sometimes at 11.00 pm, it was an exceptional week of physical and mental strength combined with extraordinary good will from the performers.

These drawings are from the performance on Friday. I drew many drawings during R&D but they now feel irrelevant. I watched with daughter Gaby who said at the close of the show: “That was Brilliant” I couldn’t agree more

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Sculpture Commission for Baume & Mercier

June 26th, 2014

25 June 2014

Sculpture

Over the last month I have been working on an exciting commission for the luxury Swiss watch brand, Baume & Mercier. I was asked to create a sculpture for the UK market in celebration of the launch of the new ladies collection, Promesse.

From the press release: “Taking inspiration from the infamous love locks attached to bridges and landmarks all over the world binding people’s love for eternity, Baume & Mercier has adapted the concept to celebrate and emphasise the special promise that this act creates between two individuals. Drawing on childhood traditions and evoking joyful memories, Sally McKay has created a sculpture portraying a ‘pinkie promise’ detailing two hands with the little fingers entwined. The hand-crafted sculpture signifies a long lasting bond between two people capturing and cementing this special moment. Each time a a promise is made it will be sealed by attaching a specially made Baume & Mercier Promesse padlock to the sculpture. ”

Photographer Miranda Parry visited my studio to take pictures of the work in progress and of course the launch event at the ICA.  Here are a few of those pictures

Promesse.5© The Pinky-Promise Maquette using my son Jerome and daughter Gaby as my hand-models, with the tools that I wouldn’t be separated from for 4 weeks

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Son Max came home from Art College to cut the wire for me in the garden. 30 metres.

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Before starting to create the sculpture the wire was sprayed in shades of orange

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In my studio working on hand 1

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Two hands, nearly finished, checking measurements with my calipers

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The launch of the new range of ladies watches at the ICA in The Mall. Before the journalists and guests arrive

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The display of watches. I wore one for the evening, very stylish I didn’t want to part with it …

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The sculpture is unveiled before the audience

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The finished sculpture

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The watch designer coordinated beautifully with the sculpture, unlike me

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Adding my padlock to the sculpture

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Daughter Gaby adding her padlock

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From the press release: “The sculpture of the hands will be displayed in a special Promesse exhibition in the Fine Watch Room on the Ground Floor at Harrods during September. In store customers will be able to collect a padlock to seal their promise to the striking and unique creation”

Theo Clinkard: Of Land And Tongue

June 22nd, 2014

 22 June 2014

Greenwich Dance. Of Land And Tongue

19 June at Greenwich Dance, Theo Clinkard performed the mesmerising solo Chalk to a live score by James Keane. Through the movement and soundscape I was transported to the coast, the waves pulling on the shingle, the eroding cliffs. So evocative, by the close of the dance my heart feels heavy and I know I am missing the sea much more than I had realised.

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Theo Clinkard is a Resident (Dance) Artist at Greenwich Dance, as am I – Resident (Visual) Artist . Theo choreographed Of Land and Tongue (below) for 5 dancers, using language as well as strong physical movement.

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Of Land and Tongue tour dates

Midsummer Art Fair

June 20th, 2014

19 June 2014

Landmark Midsummer Art Fair

Private View tomorrow evening 20 June 6pm – 8.30pm

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 June: 10am – 5pm

I am Stand 77, I will be selling painting, etching, sculpture and greeting cards

Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9NN

Landmark Midsummer Art Fair Invite

Foundation Year Show at UCA Canterbury

May 31st, 2014

31 May 2014

My son Maxim McKay-Jones has completed his Fine Art Foundation Year at UCA Canterbury. The private view for this excellent show and all the graduation shows at UCA Canterbury was on Friday evening, featuring Fine Art, Design, Architecture and Media. The exhibition is open until 13th June and if you’re in the area I would urge to visit and see the exceptional talent displayed at the University for the Creative Arts Canterbury.

Here’s some of my son’s work concerned with geometric forms taking inspiration from his love of Maths

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 Max, (right) will continue on to the BA Fine Art at UCA Canterbury in September.

Today at my Open Studio

May 17th, 2014

17 May 2014

Open Studios

A vibrant buz all day at Studio 17, Unit 0, Second Floor Studios & Arts. Lots of visitors to our Open Studios, my sales were very encouraging. Looking forward to tomorrow.

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Tomorrow I will open my studio at about 11am – 6pm, I hope to meet you!

Made in Blackheath

May 16th, 2014

16 May 2014

Today I showed my etchings at a Pop-Up Shop in the Business Centre of the new S. London development: Kidbrooke Village.  The SFSA Spring Open Studios opened yesterday evening.

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