Archive for the ‘Sculpture’ Category

A Maker’s Dozen. Pop-Up Shop at Craft Central

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

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Only 1 day left to visit  A Maker’s Dozen Pop-Up Shop at Craft Central, Clerkenwell Sunday 8th December  10.00 – 5.00

Open Studio

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

 Open Studio    Studio 17, Unit 0

City Limitless

Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th November

11.00 ~ 18.00

Second Floor Studios & Arts, Harrington Way, London SE18 5NR

Over 200 open studios, cafe overlooking the river, parking on site

Random Dance, Conrad Shawcross at Roundhouse

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

25th August

Timepiece is a giant faceless clock created by artist Conrad Shawcross. Three rotating arms with lit up bulbs on the ends mark the hours, minutes and seconds, they move through the space at different speeds like inquisitive lit up probes, sending beams of light out across the dark room and the 24 pillars which surround the light sculpture, they cast moving shadows all going in different directions. The Conrad Shawcross installation, Timepiece, has been suspended in London’s Roundhouse for 3 weeks. During the installation, company Wayne McGregor I Random Dance, Siobhan Davies Dance and dance artist Iona Kewney performed in the space beneath the clock. I caught the last performance of Random Dance dancing Azimuth.

Below: these are some of the drawings I made during the performanceRandom 1s Random 3s Random 2s

Random 2

We sit on the floor in a big circle around the 24 pillars, the dancers enter the circle at different points from the darkness behind us. The audience are transfixed, the dancers move with such extraordinary speed, skill and agility, they run the circumference of our circle – time racing forwards at dizzying speed; sometimes their actions reflect the rotations of the Timepiece above, reminding us to be aware of the clock. Sometimes a solo, or a duet or everyone in movement. My drawings look crowded with bodies, I was loving the activity and speed of the dancers, so drawing an individual several times as he or she moved across the space.

Kings Place is the next venue to catch these fantastic dancers when they present Random Works 20 September, 21 September, then the company will be at Sadler’s Wells performing Atomos from 9 October and don’t miss Thinking with the Body an exhibition at The Wellcome Collection.

Midsummer Art Fair

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

June 20th 2013

This weekend 21st – 23rd June, the Landmark Arts Centre is running a Midsummer Art Fair. Based in Teddington, the Landmark Arts Centre is housed in a 19th century former church complete with beautiful stained glass windows. My stand is 38, I am on a raised area at the front of the building.

I am selling 4 new etchings never seen before, so new that I haven’t yet photographed them, as well as the 3 sugar lift and aquatint etchings, part of the series with SUB, and also other etchings some framed, some in my browser, drawings and and smaller paintings.

Breathing Space








Breathing Space

Firebird Firebird

The Call of the Tide








The Call of The Tide




I am also showing (and hopefully selling) Marilyn, the wire sculpture I created to go on stage with Yolande York-Edgell while she performed the dance about Marilyn Monroe last year. Marilyn would be equally happy in a house, office entrance hall or  garden she is made of galvanised wire and sprayed with lacquer.

Marilyn was created in 2012 when I was Artist in Residence with Yorke Dance Project, to be on stage with dancer Yolande Yorke Edgell in a moving dance about Marilyn Monroe.



Yolande Yorke Edgell on stage with the shadow of Marilyn behind

Yolande Yorke Edgell on stage with the shadow of Marilyn behind

Open Studio May 2013

Sunday, May 5th, 2013


Saturday May 18th and Sunday 19th 11.00am – 6.00pm

Studio 17, Unit 0, SFSA

Harrington Way, Warspite Road, London SE18 5NR

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Force Fields.copyright Sally McKay

Force Fields. 2012. Oil and acrylic on paper


Open Studio Today

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

18th November 2012

Open Studio today. 11am – 6pm.

I’ll be there with my work and demonstrating wire sculpture construction Studio 17, Unit 0

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Lewisham College Btec Dancers video

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

8th October 2012

On 21st September, 14 Lewisham College students from the BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma performed a dance they titled “Live Art” in the no format gallery during my exhibition, dancing amongst the work. To watch the performance filmed by Jack Thrush Lewisham College Media & Music Technician please see:

The brief had been to create a new piece of work using my art work as a starting point and inspiration.  The Project Leader is Robert Nicholson. The project was a collaboration between myself and Lewisham College Dance department.

My Exhibition at no format gallery ends

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

24th September 2012

My exhibition at no format gallery finished on Sunday evening, it’s been up for 10 days, lots of visitors to the gallery, many of the visitors know my work and came specifically to see the exhibition and buy, some were complete strangers who chanced upon the show on their way to or from The Reach Climbing Wall, parents collecting kids from the circus training area in Hangar Arts, some just out exploring on bikes.

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All were welcome and many had interesting comments about the exhibition. Here are some comments from the visitors book:

“Wonderful work – so much energy, strength and life” J

Love the work especially the sculpture with the poem” L

“Great show – fantastic movement depicted with beauty and feeling” C

“Great movement in all pieces” Ch

Tweet from rognbrow Camilla and Rogerand another

However responses from dancers I’ve worked with were perhaps the most meaningful. This next message is from Italian dancer Alessandra Ruggeri who I worked with making the YouTube film Chasing Shadows in 2009

“The body I see in your drawings is the body I feel as a dancer” 

The 3 paintings below were made after spending 4 weeks drawing the Russell Maliphant Dance Company. One day in the Lilian Baylis Studio during a rehearsal, lighting designer Michael Hulls shone lights the colours of fire on the dancers bodies, as they moved they created pools of burning glowing light and for those moments they stopped being dancers and became mystical or other worldly.

Darkness Visible

When Dickson Mbi showed up he hugged me when he looked at the painting of him in The Rodin Project. He didn’t need to say anything. (see above middle)

Jack Jones from Yorke Dance Project who danced a solo on the opening night, realised that I must have also drawn him dancing in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake when he saw a painting on canvas derived from those drawings. (see below left)

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I loved watching dancer Irina Baldini spend some time with the sculpture of her, (life size wire sculpture, Irina, above, but the woman pictured is not Irina the dancer). Probably the last time we shall see this sculpture as she now lives in a lawyers office in Essex (although I’d be happy to make her again to commission).

I enjoyed observing the students from Lewisham College walking around the gallery discussing my work, showing their response through movement, asking questions, chatting about the emotions that came to them when looking at the sculpture, drawings and paintings. Lewisham College Btec Dancers discuss my exhibition

And of course I loved their dance created in 1 week specifically for a performance in the gallery by the students as a response to my work.

Marilyn Monroe in Dance Performance

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

20th September 2012

My sculpture, Marilyn, is now in Bath ICIA theatre ready for the performance, Words Worth, tonight. The sculpture is of Yolande Yorke-Edgell in the dance Marilyn, inspired by a letter written by Marilyn Monroe to her psychiatrist after being committed to a clinic in New York after suffering mental exhaustion.

I drove to Bath on Tuesday with Marilyn lying in the back of the car.

Marilyn Monroe sculpture in theatre Marilyn Monroe sculpture in theatreMarilyn on stage

Marilyn Monroe sculpture and Yolande Yorke-Edgell in theatreYolande Yorke-Edgell on stage with the shadow cast from the sculpture

Opening Night of Exhibition

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

13th September 2012

Sally McKay: Multisensory experience and artistic images of the moving human figure 

My Exhibition at no format gallery opened on Thursday evening.

no format gallery. Sally McKay show

Sally McKay. Exhibition at No Format GalleryThe gallery ready for the evening opening

The Rodin Project

Yolande York-Edgell and Jack Jones of Yorke Dance Project danced solos surrounded by my work in the gallery. The sculpture, Marilyn, will be leaving the gallery early next week to join Yolande York-Edgell on stage at Bath ICIA when she dances in the company’s World Premier of Words Worth.

Thanks to Nicholas Carn for filming the performance.