Archive for the ‘Sculpture’ Category

My Signature on Copper

Monday, July 13th, 2015

July 13 2015

My Signature Etched on Copper Plate

My signature’s on the way to Spain to be attached to Sara, my latest sculpture commissioned by an advertising company in Madrid. I etched a copper plate using sugar-lift and ferric acid


Sara 3

Sculpture Commission, Sara

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

July 1st 2015

Madrid Sculpture Commission, Sara

Over the last few weeks I have been working on a life size wire sculpture, I have named her Sara, she is currently on her way to Madrid.
Sara 2

Sara 1

Sara 4

Sara 3


Sara 9

Sara, preparations for the journey

Sara 10

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My Open Studio

Friday, May 15th, 2015

14 May 2015

My Open Studio

Second Floor Studios & Arts are having the Open Studio event this weekend. Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th, my studio will be open 11.00 – 18.00 on both days. Studio 17, Unit 0, entrance by the river past the boat

Between One Breath and the Next s

I will be selling paintings, etchings and drawings, all connected to the human figure in movement

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Where to see My Work in 2015

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

16 April 2015

Where to See My Work in 2015

Greenwich Printmakers Gallery  

1a Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ

I am one of 32 artist-printmakers running a printmakers gallery to display and sell our work in Greenwich. I show  1 – 3 framed prints each month as well as unframed work in the browsers. The spring exhibition ends on 3rd May, with a new hang on 5th May.

Ordinary Courage

Ordinary Courage. Two plate sugar lift etching and aquatint with chine colle


Bourneside Gallery. No 1 North Street, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1DN

Exhibiting with Greenwich Printmakers 31st March – 25th April

Close Your Eyes and Dream

Close Your Eyes and Dream. 2 plate etching


Open Studios. Second Floor Studios & Arts

Studio 17, Unit 0, Riverside entrance, Harrington Way, London, SE18 5NR

16th – 17th May 11.00am – 6.00pm

good morning midnight

Good Morning Midnight. Painting on canvas, acrylic & oil


Jack House Gallery. 121 High Street, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2HW

25th June  – 1st August. 10.00am – 6.00pm. Group show

Sally. SUB II

SUB II. Sugar lift etching with chine colle


Edinburgh Art Fair Edinburgh Corn Exchange, New Market Road, EH14 1RJ

13th – 15th November Open 11am daily

Drawn to You. Etching and Aquatint


Open Studio.Second Floor Studios & Arts

Studio 17, Unit 0, Harrington Way, London, SE18 5NR

21st, 22nd November 11.00am – 6.00pm


Beyond Print. No Format Gallery. 

Harrington Way, London, SE18 5NR

November and December, dates and more information to follow soon.

Where to see my work, November & December 2014

Monday, November 10th, 2014

9 November 2014

Where to see my work, November & December 2014

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition

Thursday 13 – Sunday 23 November 2014  10.00 – 5.00pm

The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

Rapidly Scrawled Life©

My 2 plate etching: Rapidly Scrawled Life, edition of 30, will be part of the ING Discerning Eye exhibition which opens next Thursday. My etching was selected by the Curator, Writer and Artistic Director of Pallant House Gallery, Simon Martin.


Sat Nov 15 – Sun 16 Nov 11.00 – 18.00

Second Floor Studios & Arts

My studio is Studio 17, Unit 0 I will be showing new etchings, sculpture, painting and drawing

Ordinary Courage.


Greenwich Printmakers Gallery

Wednesday 12 November – 14 January 2015

I will show 3 new etchings in the group show


Gerald Moore Gallery. Group show

Saturday 29 November – 24 January

Merge Festival 2014

Friday, October 10th, 2014

9 October 2014

Merge Festival, Bankside

Bankside arts festival, Merge, is on until 19th October and is well worth a visit. The one to see this weekend is the interactive kinetic sculptures, Dance Machines by Peter William Holden which finishes on Sunday.

1. dance machines

2 dance machines

Return to Harrods Fine Watch Room

Monday, September 15th, 2014

15 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.

Today I returned to Harrods Fine Watch Room to see my most recent sculpture commissioned by Baume & Mercier to celebrate the launch of their new ladies collection, Promesse. On my first visit I was told that it was a marketing success and again this time was told how well it is being received. The sculpture surface is now full of padlocks, many with personal messages written on. Although the padlocks have now run out I am told there are more on the way. Behind the sculpture there is a interview with me filmed in my studio while I’m working on the sculpture.

Promesse 3

Promesse 4

Years ago when I was an art student at Goldsmiths College I worked in Harrods during the summer sales in the china department. As the doors opened to the public on the first day of the sales we were told to be still and listen, a distant rumble became a deafening roar, it was the pounding of hundreds of feet and they all seemed to be coming our way: the Summer Sales had begun! An enjoyable time, I made lasting friendships earning enough to pay my student rent and take a great holiday on a Greek Island with 9 others.

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.

Wire Sculpture Promesse 2

Wire Sculpture Promesse 3

Wire Sculpture Promesse 4

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.

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.


Sculpture Commission for Baume & Mercier

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

25 June 2014


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


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



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


In my studio working on hand 1



Two hands, nearly finished, checking measurements with my calipers


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


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


The sculpture is unveiled before the audience


The finished sculpture


The watch designer coordinated beautifully with the sculpture, unlike me


Adding my padlock to the sculpture


Daughter Gaby adding her padlock


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”