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Divercity

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

6th  April 2014

DIVERCITY

As they arrived the audience added to The Interactive Wall and made more wire figures to add to the City Scape

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An evening of short dance works followed, completing with a disco. Performers included: Cathy Waller Company, Maxwell Golden, Dickson Mbi, Fully Functioning Individuals as well as a group from local school St Ursulas and the Laban Contemporary Level One.

Here’s a few drawings from the evening

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Dickson Mbi

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Above and below: Fully Functioning Individuals also known as MFI

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Creating the Interactive Wall for Divercity

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

On Saturday I joined the young people in the classes at Greenwich Dance Saturday classes where they worked towards the City-Scape to be part of Divercity 

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The work made at Trinity Laban and Greenwich Dance was mounted together to make a large City-Scape Interactive Wall for the visitors to add to on the night.

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Luggage tags with comments about our City were tied to a lit up wire figure made by Maxim McKay-Jones

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The wire figure ‘selfies’ were added to the Wall

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Divercity at Greenwich Dance, Saturday 5th April 6.30pm

Yorke Dance Project, Etching

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

12 March 2014

I have printed an etching using the same images as the backdrops for No Strings Attached, the dance choreographed by Charlotte Edmonds in Yorke Dance Project’s Figure Ground. Edition of 30, printed on zerkall paper in burnt-orange coloured ink, can be supplied framed (floating in black box frame) or un-framed.

No Strings Attached Etch ©

Print £110,

Frame £50

sales: sallymckay@btinternet.com

Yorke Dance Project given 5 stars!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

10 March 2014

Read a great review given by Luke Jennings in The Observer plus 5 stars given to Yorke Dance Project’s triple bill, I designed and painted the backdrops for Charlotte Edmonds  No Strings Attached, the first dance of the evening. I worked from drawings I had made during the rehearsals last summer.

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The Fountain Gallery, Hampton Court

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

8th March 2014

Eleven Greenwich Printmakers exhibit at The Fountain Gallery

An exhibition of affordable handmade prints. I am exhibiting 6 etchings available framed or unframed.

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Fragments of Fading Memory, in the window, centre

Sunday 9 March from 1.00pm join us for a drink and Special Viewing

Exhibition runs from 4 – 16 March 2014

Open every day 11.30am 5.30pm

The Fountain Gallery, 26 Bridge Road, Hampton Court, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9HA

020 8941 5865  www.fountaingallery.co.uk

Backdrops for Yorke Dance Project

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

5 March 2014

Yorke Dance Project perform Figure Ground at the Lilian Baylis, Sadler’s Wells

A week ago at the Lilian Baylis, Yorke Dance Project performed a wonderful preview performance of their touring programme: Figure Ground, an evening of 3 dances from the company. I was commissioned to create the set for the first work of the evening: No Strings Attached, choreographed by Charlotte Edmonds. I spent 3 weeks drawing during the rehearsals in the summer of 2013. Working from the drawings I painted 3 backdrop panels using acrylics each measuring 4m x 2m. I  negotiated 6 days in the high ceilinged No Format Gallery near my studio, to paint the canvas so had to have them complete in this time-frame.

It was great to paint on such a large scale – a first for me! In 2012 I created figurative wire sculpture to be on stage with Yolande Yorke-Edgell  in Noted.

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No Strings Attached, choreographed by Charlotte Edmonds, for which I painted the 3 backdrops

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Ordinary Courage. The Dance and the Sketch Book

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

On Tuesday evening fellow Greenwich Dance Resident Artist, Theo Clinkard, will perform with his company of 6 his life affirming and heart wrenching dance Ordinary Courage, at Laban S. London. I drew this work in 2013 when it was performed at Greenwich Dance in February with Amstatten choreographed by another Greenwich Resident Artist, Robert Clark. I displayed the drawings of Amstatten during the evening and entered the sketchbook into the selected exhibition Sketch 2013  at Rabley Drawing Center. The exhibition has now moved to Black Swan Arts in Frome, Somerset until 8 February.

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So see Ordinary Courage, the dance, in London and the sketches of the dance in Frome.

Yorke Dance Project. Figure Ground

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

26th January 2014

On Wednesday I completed the 3 canvas’s for the back-drop to No Strings Attached, the dance choreographed by Causeway Young Artist in Residence  Charlotte Edmonds for Yorke Dance Project‘s upcoming performance at the Lilian Baylis theatre February 27th and 28th. They measure 4m x 2m, too big for my studio walls, so I worked at No Format Gallery, which is on the same site as my studio, with a high ceiling and lots of wall space.

Because of the size I worked in a landscape format, even though they will hang Portrait. Although tricky, easier than climbing a ladder, because Charlotte Edmonds, the Choreographer and Yolande Yorke Edgell, the Artistic Director, haven’t seen the backdrop yet I cannot post a picture, however I’m sure its ok to post a close up of me in action.

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I have never worked so large, but I hope I have the opportunity to so again, I loved it.

Lewisham College, BTEC Dance

Friday, December 13th, 2013

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During the Autumn Term I worked 1 morning a week with the BTEC Dance students at Lewisham College, South London. They were devising short works for the Choreographic Platform examination and performance, I drew them as they progressed through the task.

In my studio, using my drawings of the students as reference I painted a back-drop for their performance of 3 banners, painting directly onto canvas with acrylic.

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I asked the students to draw each other to encourage them to observe movement through a different means and look closer at their peers while they worked.

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Student’s drawings of each other dancing

In September 2012 I invited Lewisham College BTEC dance students to dance in no format gallery where I had a solo exhibition, they created dances inspired by my work which were performed in the gallery at the end of the week. A video was made of their performance.

Vigil outside South Africa House for Nelson Mandela

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

7 December 2013

Last night I joined the hundreds outside South Africa House to sing, to dance, to mourn and to celebrate the life and extraordinary person Nelson Mandela.

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At the door to South Africa House in Trafalgar Square flowers, candles and messages to Nelson Mandela. In front of the flowers people danced, clapped and joined in the continuous beautiful songs sung by a large and growing group of men and women.

On the way home I passed a busker with his guitar outside Charing Cross Station he called out ‘Madiba this one is for you’ many people stopped rushing for their trains and stood still, some sang along, some gently smiled, some danced or swayed as he sung Bob Marley’s One Love.

In 2010 my talented cousin John Gardner created a large bronze sculpture of Nelson Mandela from life, now in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town.