Archive for the ‘Event’ Category

Tall Ships Leave Greenwich

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

9 September 2014

The four day regatta is over, about 50 spectacular Tall Ships from around the world left Greenwich in style

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Southbank Unlimited Festival

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

7 September 2014

Fabulous to watch Marc Brew Dance Company under Hungerford Bridge performing (i)land with Marc Brew, Aaron Vickers and Rebecca Schmevans, at Southbank’s #UnlimitedFest

(i)land. Marc Brew Dance Company

Then to the Riverside Terrace to watch Stop Gap Dance Company’s The Awakening

Stop Gap Dance

 

 

My Wire Sculpture at Harrods during September

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

4 September 2014

Baume & Mercier Sculpture Commission. The sculpture is displayed in a special Promesse exhibition in the Fine Watch Room on the Ground Floor at Harrods during the month of September.

You may remember that in June I was commissioned by the luxury Swiss watch brand, Baume & Mercier, to create a 5 x’s life size wire sculpture of two hands with little fingers entwined in the ‘Pinkie Promise’, the sculpture was made to celebrate the launch of the new ladies collection, Promesse. The sculpture is already a great marketing success, from the Marketing and Communications Manager: “The sculpture has been in Harrods for almost a week now and the response has been fantastic”. Visitors to the Fine Watch Room in Harrods can collect a padlock at the Baume & Mercier stand to lock to the sculpture, a pen is available to write your message, you keep the key.

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Wire Sculpture Promesse

Since the launch in London at the ICA in June the sculpture has travelled to Singapore to launch Promesse and later in the year will be in New York and Dubai. Just wish I could go too.

Yvonne Rainer: Dance Works

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

9 August 2014

Yvonne Rainer: Dance Works Raven Row

Last day tomorrow, this is a wonderful insight into the work of dancer and choreographer Yvonne Rainer. Irina Baldini is one of the dancers, Irina modelled for my seated figure sculpture, title: Irina. Now installed in a Lawyers office in EssexYvonne Rainer 2

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New Movement Collective. Casting Traces

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

July 24 2014

New Movement Collective. Casting Traces. The Paper Maze

at the Louise Blouin Foundation, London.

Casting Traces is an uplifting, dynamic multi-media performance. Six highly skilled dancers, move amongst a labyrinth of reams of hanging paper, the audience free to follow independently or together as they wish. Violinist, Aisha Orazbayeva, opened the show with a beautiful melancholic solo, her shadow behind paper, which was to be painted open for us to move through the silhouettes of the dancers.

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I haven’t read Paul Auster’s novel The New York Trilogy which inspired the performance but am now encouraged to.

New Movement Collective will be in Brighton performing Casting Traces. The Paper Maze, 28-30 August at Circus Street Market. Then to Winchester at The Guildhall 23-25 October. Don’t miss this extraordinary engaging work

Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2014

Monday, 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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WCF 4 WCF 5    WCF10 When the origami was complete, we asked the Crane maker to write a message of Peace on their bird. Some we hung in the trees but most went home with their makers

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 I led a drawing activity for all ages

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Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2014

Wednesday, 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

Saturday, 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

Saturday, 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

Thursday, 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”