Archive for November, 2011

Goodbye Featherstonehaughs

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

26 November

Saturday night at The Riverside Studios. I’m here to watch Edits, choreographed by Lea Anderson for her all-male company the Featherstonehaughs, which she co-founded in 1989, 5 years after co-founding the all-female Cholmondelys. It is the last time the Featherstonehaughs will perform and no one can quite grasp or believe it.

Featherstonehaughs, Edits. copyright Sally McKay 1

Featherstonehaughs, Edits. copyright Sally McKay3

The dance is fascinating and beautiful, I have drawn them rehearsing fragments of the dance but never watched a run. And the costumes… just gorgeous, designed by Oscar winning costume designer and long term collaborator of Lea, Sandy Powell.

Featherstonehaughs, Edits. copyright Sally McKay 2

The 6 Featherstonehaughs took their bows at the end of the show, as the audience clapped and cheered (and quite a few cried) 3 women walked on stage dressed in funerial black lace and began to dance a 1985 Cholmondely dance to Nina Simone’s My Baby Just Cares For Me, there were screams of joy, the co-founders and original dancers of The Cholmondeleys: Lea Anderson, Teresa Barker and Gaynor Coward were dancing together again.

The Cholmondeleys Lea Anderson, Teresa Barker and Gaynor Coward

Goodbye Featherstonehaughs

Goodbye to LOL (lots of love)

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Drawings I made of Protein Dance‘s LOL (lots of love), were the source for a painting which I gave the same name as the dance that inspired it. LOL (lots of love), sold at my Open Studio show, has now been delivered to the new owners.

 LOL (lots of love). Painting. copyright Sally McKay

LOL (lots of love). Oil and acrylic on canvas. 2011. 129 x 81 cm

Thomas Tallis School Art and Dance Workshops. Week 3

Friday, November 25th, 2011

21st November and 24th November 2011

Week 3 with Thomas Tallis class 7DS. Their time with dancer Joe Walkling has come to an end and the children will continue developing their dance with their dance teacher. After running through the dance they made sketch books and drew each other, the drawings are their reference for the sculpture.

drawing each other dancing

Students drawing each other 

In the art room they began to work on their wire sculptures referring to their sketch books.

students sketch book

Sketch books as reference

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Class 7DS begin work on the wire sculptures

I am impressed with the class, they are focussed on the work and considerate to each other.


November 2011 Open Studio

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

17th, 19th, 20th November 2011

Thank you to everyone who came last weekend to our Open Studios at Second Floor Studios in Woolwich. Saturday was a beautiful crisp sunny November day, but quiet. Sunday however was buzzing with activity, from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm my studio was full of visitors, which was surprising as there was thick fog outside.

fog, evening, outside unit 0, 2nd floor studiosThe Royal Iris on Sunday evening, see my shadow (left) captured in the fog. This boat is moored next to the entrance to our studios on the River Thames  

My studioMy studio during the show. Top painting: Uprising/In Your Rooms, below: La La La Human Steps 

My studio

above: Good Morning Midnight. right: LOL (lots of love) 

Between One Breath and the Next Between One Breath and The Next

Come, Been and Gone

Come, Been and Gone

sketch books  Sketch books

I made sales in painting, etchings and drawings plus two discussions of exhibitions in 2012. Work can still be bought directly from me. If you have seen something you like on my blog or website, please contact me on and I will tell you if it’s still available and the price.

Paintings, drawings and etchings will go on show in Marylebone in January, at the excellent award winning hair salon: Billi Currie, Chiltern Street W1U 6LX.

My etchings are exhibited in Suffolk at Southwold’s Buckenham Galleries.

Thomas Tallis School Art and Dance Workshops. Week 2

Friday, November 18th, 2011

18 November 2011

Dancer Joe Walkling played a dance game with the students, went through the dance with them and they had a go at drawing him while he danced, using charcoal on large sheets of paper.

dance game

Class began with a dance game 

drawings of Thomas Tallis students week 2

Joe running through the dance with the students 

students drawing Joe

Drawing Joe dancing 

students’ drawings students’ drawings 

Next week they will draw each other dancing in preparation for the sculptures they will make.

The Featherstonehaughs at The Riverside

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Your last opportunity to see The Featherstonehaughs live, they will perform The Featherstonehaughs Draw on the Sketchbooks of Egon Schiele on Wednesday 23 November and Thursday 24th November at The Riverside Studios. On Friday 25th and Saturday 26th  The Featherstonehaughs will dance Edits at The Riverside for the last time. Ever.

copyright Edits


The Featherstonehaughs rehearse Edits


Russell Maliphant Company. Rehearsals

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Last week, I had a wonderful 2 days drawing the Russell Maliphant Company while they rehearsed in North West London. Here are a few of the drawings.

Russell Maliphant Company. Rehearsals

Russell Maliphant Company. RehearsalsMorning class led by Russell 

Russell Maliphant Company. Rehearsals Russell Maliphant Company. RehearsalsRehearsal 

Thomas Tallis Art and Dance workshops

Friday, November 11th, 2011

First class at Thomas Tallis School with a class of year 7’s in the fabulous new studio in the new school. Dancer Joe Walkling taught a dance phrase to the young students, they worked hard and learnt the dance in the 1 hour lesson. Previously I worked with Joe at The Linbury, Covent Garden, drawing him during rehearsals for Metamorphosis


Thomas Tallis art/dance workshop

Joe Walkling teaching the dance


Thomas Tallis art/dance workshop


Thomas Tallis art/dance workshop

some of my drawings of the students learning the dance


Guardian Angel leaves my studio

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

 October 18th 2011

Goodbye to wire sculpture Guardian Angel, collected from my studio and driven to her new home in Surrey.

Guardian Angel She sat in the front seat next to Paul Winter of London Art, I told him to tell her all his troubles, she’s a good listener.

Guardian Angel Sculpture Guardian Angel Sculpture

Time For Change

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

spray painting spray paintingMy son Max spray-painting a wall at Thomas Tallis School where he goes with his brother and sister. On Monday the school moves to a fabulous new building, Max says: “Time for Change not only refers to the school move but also the pollution and the damage we are causing to Earth. I am environmentally driven to try to make changes to the way people think and live even if it’s just a few people watching youtube.”

Next week I will start teaching a Dance and Art project with a year 7 class in the new building. Each week I will post updates on the work.