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After a fantastic trip working in Chicago at the beginning of March, life has changed as we know it. It now seems like it was another time. See pictures here.

Item on Shape Arts site here

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Cultural Exchange

School of the Art Institute of ChicagoSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago

In March 2020 I have been invited to take part in a cultural exchange programme with SAIC Chicago and Shape Arts. The visit will include giving a presentation of my work, sharing models of good practice around the social model, and meeting artists and staff at the University

Virtual Tour
Shape Arts

Interview for BBC4 Television Programme

I was interviewed at my studio by filmmaker Richard Butchins for a forthcoming BBC4 Television Programme which will be shown at the end of this year. We talked about my practice, past and present projects and how my creative approach has developed and been influenced by my vision.

The Disordered Eye

“In this fascinating film, disabled artist and filmmaker Richard Butchins challenges the importance of good vision in making great art. He suggests that visual impairments have contributed positively to the creation of art. From the renaissance to the present day, Richard explores how artists have fought a battle with poor vision and how it's gone unnoticed in terms of shaping the work of the great painters of the past. Richard feels these artists inadvertently paved the way for current artists to have the freedom to create regardless of visual challenges.”

The Disordered Eye

Audio described tours and workshops

I have been working at a variety of museums and cultural venues. This has included co-facilitating a tour and workshop for RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) for their Bauhaus exhibition at Portland Place, and with Gunnersbury Park Museum for their Treasured Threads exhibition.

Bauhaus Tour and Workshop at RIBA

This tour and workshop explored the history of the Bauhaus and its influence on British art, culture and architecture. Alongside RIBA learning team staff Wilson Yau I delivered an audio described tour of the photography and film exhibition of works by László Moholy-Nagy, and we ran a creative workshop exploring developments in technology such as 3D pens and the use of 3D printing. This was a partnership project with VocalEyes.

Trying out 3D pens at RIBA workshop - photo by RIBA.jpgTrying out 3D pens at RIBA workshop - photo by RIBA
In the Moholy-Nagy exhibition at RIBA - photo by RIBAIn the Moholy-Nagy exhibition at RIBA - photo by RIBA
3D pen workshop at RIBA - photo by RIBA.jpg3D pen workshop at RIBA - photo by RIBA

Treasured Threads exhibition
Gunnersbury Park Museum

Working closely with Public Programmes Officer Lisa D'Agostino we researched and co-developed an audio described tour of the Treasured Threads exhibition which explored the history of quilt making. This was a rare opportunity to work very closely with the unique Acton Top coverlet, which hitherto has never been shown in full, owing to its fragility. This was followed by a participative wall-hanging workshop lead by textile artist Clare Parker.

Gunnersbury Park Museum
Exploring the Acton Top at Gunnersbury Park Museum - Photo by Sacha Brisdion Exploring the Acton Top at Gunnersbury Park Museum - Photo by Sacha Brisdion

Cannizaro Studios Open Weekends

21 and 22 September/ 28 and 29 September 2019, 11-5pm

This year I will be showing works made at Cannizaro Park and more pictures from my London Underground series.

Change at Bank Northern Line - Sally Booth'Change at Bank' Northern Line, Ink and Watercolour on paper

Cannizaro Studios,
The Potting Sheds,
Cannizaro Park,
Wimbledon Common,
London SW19 4UE

Tube: Wimbledon (District Line)
Bus: 93, 200, 493 Go to Wimbledon Village, 10 minute walk
Trains: Direct from Waterloo & Clapham Junction

Cannizaro 2019

Download PDF invite and map

Freelance Work in the Cultural Sector

Over the last year much of my freelance work has involved working in galleries, museums, heritage sites and nature reserves.

I was pleased to continue my relationship with Tate with an invitation to give a talk on the Bonnard exhibition at Tate Modern with Marcus Dickey Horley. With VocalEyes I was also invited by the British Museum to facilitate an audio described tour and a practical workshop for the recent Munch exhibition.

Sally facilitating a tourPicture of Sally facilitating an Audio Described tour of the Munch exhibition at the British Museum

As part of the partnership project between VocalEyes and Art UK I have had the chance to work with a variety of sculpture collections across the country. This has included facilitating audio described tours and sculpture workshops at Leeds City Art Gallery, Reading Museum and Doncaster City Art Gallery.

As part of this project, I have also been featured in a podcast by Art Matters. In this recording Anna Fineman talks about the Sculpture Project with Art UK, and I was asked about my own practice and my teaching with visually impaired adults. There is a link to the whole podcast here and my contribution starts at 7:00 minutes.

Art Matters podcast: how blind and partially sighted people engage with visual art
Posted 26 Mar 2019, by Ferren Gipson

A group explores Richard Long's artworkA group explores a Richard Long artwork at Leeds Art Gallery during a VocalEyes Art UK workshop

Woah, we're halfway there: woah-oh – sculpture everywhere!
Posted 15 Feb 2019, by Katey Goodwin

A VocalEyes workshopA VocalEyes workshop for blind and partially sighted people at Leeds Art Gallery

Inclusive environment? Supporting access to natural heritage for blind and partially sighted people

Jon Carter with Sally BoothLeighton Moss Visitor Experience Manager Jon Carter and VocalEyes Visual Awareness Trainer Sally Booth view the expansive reed beds at Leighton Moss, from the top level platform of the Skytower. Green reeds surround a body of water, and forested hills are visible in the distance.

Nature Narratives Project

Called ‘Nature Narratives: Vocalising Nature Sense’, the new project was prompted by last year’s Nature Sense workshop instigated by Dr Sarah Bell from the University of Exeter. This was a collaboration between Sensing Nature, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Andy Shipley, Heritage Ability and VocalEyes.

I was part of the Nature Sense team with VocalEyes. We worked with Leighton Moss in Cumbria, Durlston in Dorset, Sherwood Forest in Nottingham and Sheffield Park in Sussex. We delivered tailormade staff training for these varied outdoor sites. This included describing wildlife and the environment in bird hides, reed beds, meadows, coastlines and forests.

The overall aim of the project was to build capacity to welcome and support people with sight impairment. The project provided engaging and appropriate experiences and raised awareness of nature settings as places for everyone.

Nature Sense

I have also continued to work regularly with VocalEyes at a wide range of venues including the Science Museum, British Museum and Clifton Suspension Bridge among others.


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