Archive for the ‘Sculpture’ Category

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”

Midsummer Art Fair

Friday, June 20th, 2014

19 June 2014

Landmark Midsummer Art Fair

Private View tomorrow evening 20 June 6pm – 8.30pm

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 June: 10am – 5pm

I am Stand 77, I will be selling painting, etching, sculpture and greeting cards

Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9NN

Landmark Midsummer Art Fair Invite

Foundation Year Show at UCA Canterbury

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

31 May 2014

My son Maxim McKay-Jones has completed his Fine Art Foundation Year at UCA Canterbury. The private view for this excellent show and all the graduation shows at UCA Canterbury was on Friday evening, featuring Fine Art, Design, Architecture and Media. The exhibition is open until 13th June and if you’re in the area I would urge to visit and see the exceptional talent displayed at the University for the Creative Arts Canterbury.

Here’s some of my son’s work concerned with geometric forms taking inspiration from his love of Maths

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7 ed

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 Max, (right) will continue on to the BA Fine Art at UCA Canterbury in September.

Open Studio this Weekend

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

13 May 2014

My Open Studio

Studio 17, Unit 0, Second Floor Studios and Arts

Colour Scape

Mellish Industrial Estate, Warspite Rd, London SE18 5NR

15th May (opening night) 18.00 – 21.00

17th – 19th May 11.00 – 18.00

My paintings, printmaking and drawing will be on show and for sale in my studio. Over 300 studios will be open: artists, printmakers, craft makers and designer makers. Cafe overlooking the river, parking available. Directions.


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

                                          Directions to SFSA

Force Fields.copyright Sally McKay

Force Fields. 2012. Oil and acrylic on paper