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News from 2008

Transparency DVD

I have made a short film showing my work with transparency and panoramic formats. The film has a commentary, captioning and shows stills and footage from drawing installations, residencies and participative projects.

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Running time approximately six and a half minutes.


Open studio

Saturday 15th and 16th November 11am - 5pm
The Potting Sheds, Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon Common SW19 4UE

A chance to see original drawings and light boxes from recent projects. For map details see contact me.

New Schools Project at St Ann's School Morden

A painting project as resident artist, working with children with learning difficulties. Working at the school during autumn term 2008.

Residency at Interaction Milton Keynes

10Th, 11Th and 12Th October 2008

A 3 day drawing workshop and residency with 3 community groups in the grounds and education room at Interaction. Drawing on transparent materials and canvasses to coincide with the Big Draw event.

Celebrating Age Project

June - September 2008
A series of painting workshops with members of the Merton and Morden Guild as part of the Celebrating Age Festival, concluding with an exhibition and production of postcards from images made.


Pictures from my recent residencies

Participating Artists on the 3x3 Incident International Residency in Yorkshire
Picture: Participating Artists on the 3x3 Incident International Residency in Yorkshire, from left to right, Pawel Hajncel from Poland, Sally Booth UK , Martin Zet from Czech Republic.
Spring 2008
view from Westgate Studios Wakefield
Picture: Photograph of the view from Westgate Studios Wakefield.
Four Fire Escape paintings Picture: Four Fire Escape paintings, oil on linen canvas, the view from Westgate Studios
Experimental Light Box from drawings made at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Picture: Experimental Light Box from drawings made at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The Tree next to the deer shelter, Spring 2008, Japanese ink on tracing paper.

Residency at Holton Lee May/June 2008.

 Photograph of Faith House Gallery at night with my drawing installation of 4 acetate landscapes in the gallery window.
Picture: Photograph of Faith House Gallery at night with my drawing installation of 4 acetate landscapes in the gallery window. June/August 2008
drawings on acetate from inside the bird hides and collaborative drawings drawings on acetate from inside the bird hides and collaborative drawings
Pictures: Drawing inside the bird hides at Holton Lee using transparent materials, pictures show drawings on acetate from inside the bird hides and collaborative drawings with photograph by First Dream.
drawings on acetate from inside the bird hides and collaborative drawings

Light commission

Group Exhibition - The Gallery at Faith House, Holton Lee in Dorset
24 May - 2 August 2008

Local and national disabled artists respond to the theme of Light. This exhibition includes painting, film installation, sculpture and photography. Artists include: Sally Booth, Paul Cade, Jane Fradgley, Maggie Wyman and 'First Dream' - Nathan Bolger, John Mondino and Chris Veale. Abi Kremer - showing new works as part of an ongoing project at Holton Lee.

Expermental light boxes 2008

Please call first to avoid disappointment as Faith House is occasionally used for private bookings. For more information and opening times please tel: 01202 625562, or email: arts@holtonlee.co.uk

Holton Heath, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6JN

Artist in residence at Merton Abbey Primary School

In partnership with Acava Studios and Arts Development Merton during February/March 2008.

I have recently had the wonderful opportunity to work as artist in residence with Year 2 pupils at Merton Abbey Primary School. Over a 5 week period, I undertook a drawing project with the children (aged 6-7). Using the local urban environment and Wandle Trail as inspiration, the children experimented with new drawing materials, including graphite sticks, charcoal, white pens, till rolls and recycled paper, and drew on location at Merton Abbey Mills. They made some fabulous individual and collaborative drawings from life and from memory (see Marco's gorgeous drawing of a pylon).

Pylon at Merton Abbey Mills by Marco age 6 permanent pen on recycled material displayed in classroom

I have also been making my own till roll drawing of the 14 mile Wandle Trail as part of my residency.

till roll drawing
till roll drawing
To see more of my till roll drawings go to residencies in the projects section.

Filmmakers Sav Kyriacou and Lindsay Starbuck have filmed the process of the project with the children, and this has been made into a DVD. This film will be shown at a sharing assembly at Merton Abbey Primary School on 6th June 2008 at 2pm.

I will be facilitating a drawing installation with year 2 pupils and they will be showing a selection of their work from the project at Merton Abbey Mills on 7th June 2008, as part of the Wandle Valley Festival.

To find out more about my participatory projects and workshops. To discuss running workshops or residencies contact me.

Incident 3x3 The Art House International residency

15th April - 6th May 2008

I was selected as the UK artist to work alongside invited artists Martin Zet from the Czech Republic and Pawel Hajncel from Poland. The residency was run by The Art House, and was based in Yorkshire, with studios and accommodation in Wakefield, close to the new Art House premises. The residency concluded with an Open Studio/Exhibition Event in early May 2008.

For more information contact The Art House.


Exhibitions and Open Studios

Milton Keynes Gallery

Over four weeks during the summer I worked with Milton Keynes Gallery, facilitating art workshops with a group of visually impaired adults from Buckinghamshire. The project aimed to encourage access to contemporary art, and was inspired by the Richard Woods exhibition in the gallery. I worked with the participants to explore the work and themes of the show and make their own exhibition and installation in the project room.

Tessa and Eileen painting

The project concluded with a private view and celebratory event at Milton Keynes Gallery on 28th July 2008.

Light Commission Exhibition, Holton Lee, Purbeck Arts Week

I have been invited to participate in this exhibition at Holton Lee. For more information on Holton Lee and for directions to the gallery contact www.holtonlee.co.uk

In January I showed 3 Alfresco landscape drawings exhibited at Holton Lee. These art works were undertaken in the landscape around Holton Lee and comprised of a till roll drawing and long pen drawings on Japanese paper.

Holton Lee exhibiton 2008 installation shot till roll and Japanese paper pen drawings

Following my solo show at the gallery in 2007, my site specific drawing installation on 6 roller blinds is now on permanent display, and has been purchased by Holton Lee for their collection (NDACA - National Disability Arts Collection and Archive). For more information on my residency at Holton Lee and my show East Meets West see 2007 Highlights.

Cannizaro Park Open Studios

The studios will be open to the public 12th and 13th July 2008 from 11am-7pm, as part of the Cannizaro Park Festival. Programme information from May 2008.

The studio at night

The Hogarth Club, Airedale Rd, Chiswick , London W4 2NW from Sunday 15th June - Sunday July 13th 2008

Drawing Tent Installation 19th July 2008, St Leonards

I will be undertaking a time based drawing installation in the town centre at St Leonards on 19th July 2008 in collaboration with a filmmaker and local community groups. More details to follow.

To see a list of my previous shows click on exhibitions



I have been co-facilitating arts workshops with photograhper Phil Coy at Acava studios. We have been working in partnership with Acava, Seda and Scope on a 12 week digital photography project with 2 groups of adults with learning disabilities.

The participants will be exhibiting their photographs at Westbourne studios in June 2008 and have entered their work into a Mencap photography competition. For more information contact the artist.


Working in the Arts

Artist Advisor for engage/Shape on their Explore programme, and for Dada South on their Dada Exchange programme working with deaf and disabled artists in the South East. See Working in the Arts for more information.


Talks and Access Consultancy

Acting as advisor and facilitator for Ofsted as part of the development of their Disability Equality scheme. For further examples of similar work undertaken click on Access Consultancy.

Artist Talk at the National Archives conference, Kew, February 2008, exploring innovative ways to make collections accessible to visually impaired people. For further examples click on Talks

With my background as a visually impaired artist, and gallery education, I am part of a team with Marcus Weisen and Peter Bosher offering talks, consultancy and tailor made training to museums, galleries and heritage venues keen to provide more inclusive services for visually impaired visitors. To find out more about Insight Training click on Access Consultancy.


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