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Jodi Awards 2009

These awards are for excellence in accessible cultural websites and digital media.

Sally Booth won the Jodi Awards 2009 - Digital Access Online: Low Budget category for this website. She is the first individual artist to win a Jodi award.

Sally was presented the award at the Victoria and Albert Museum's prestigious Sackler Centre, by Martha Lane Fox, the government's Champion for Digital Inclusion. The judges commented that her website "exudes accessibility" and gave the following feedback:

"Artist Sally Booth's commitment to accessibility is exceptional. The website is easy to use, well colour contrasted, experiments with two types of verbal descriptions of her artwork and provides British Sign Language. The choice of colours, tone of language and font combine to give this site a warm feel - a rare quality in the world-wide-web. Her website was seen as a master class in minute attention to accessibility."

Kevin Carey, Chairman of RNIB said: "It has been said since the beginning of the web that accessibility kills creativity in web design; I'm not surprised that it has taken a visually impaired person to discredit this proposition. In her work, Sally Booth demonstrates creative adventure with comprehensive accessibility."

For more information on the awards:

DaDa Awards 2009

Sally Booth was short-listed this year for the Arts award, sponsored by Culture Liverpool as part of DaDa Fest.

For more information on the awards:

Bluecoat Windows

This exhibition has been extended to mid January 2010.

Night Light, Bluecoat, 2009
Night Light, Bluecoat, 2009
Installation shots of exhibition of light-boxes at the Bluecoat. Photos taken at the opening night (17th November 2009) with Anne Hornsby and Alison Jones. Photographs by Minako Jackson, Art in Liverpool (www.artinliverpool.com).

Bluecoat windows project.

Exhibition at the Bluecoat

18th Nov- 5th Dec 2009, switch-on 6pm on 17th Nov 10am -6pm. Free
The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX.

Sally returns to the Bluecoat as part of DaDa Fest 09 with a series of photographic light-boxes inspired by her recent residency and time spent in the Bluecoat studio.

Night Light, Bluecoat, 2009
Photo: Night Light, Bluecoat, 2009

"One of the things I wanted to do on my residency was to make a series of works directly reflecting my experience of the Bluecoat studio, whose beautiful oval windows had inspired me from the beginning. I made ongoing photographs of the changing light and shadows cast by the windows at night and in the afternoons. Sometimes the light was diffuse and soft, evocative of my own vision; sometimes reflections were abstracted, sharp or almost invisible. As the days slowly lengthened over the course of my residency, and glimpses of developing work and general studio life appeared in the background, this series became an important part of the passage of time during the residency."



The Big Draw

Draw the Line / Draw the Local

Based in and around Battersea in SW11, a drawing project with pupils from a local primary school to explore their environment and experiment with unusual materials. The resulting collaborative artworks were on show during the last two weeks in October. A Wandsworth Arts Presents project.

Morden in Pictures

A participatory inter-generational drawing project held at Merton and Morden Guild on 22nd October, with Arts Development Merton.

London Eye 8th Oct

Live drawing from a pod of the London Eye with invited employers from the creative industries organised by Blind in Business.



Arts and Disability and Artist development consultancy with Artlink Central, Stirling, Scotland.

Cannizaro Park Open Studios

26th/27th September 11-6pm
The Potting Sheds, Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon Common, London SW19 4UE. For map see website multimap.co.uk

A chance to meet the artists and see samples of work from recent projects.

West Dean, Sussex

The Memorial Arts Trust
23rd and 25th September

Two Touch workshops with visually impaired children, co-facilitated with Kevin Carey, Chair of RNIB. An exploration of touching art works, but without the usual restriction of gloves in gallery settings. Small and large scale sculptural objects and full access to outdoor memorial sculptures of the Art and Memory exhibition in the grounds of West Dean.

Obscurity 5th September, Liberty Festival, Trafalgar Square

Live drawing as part of Extant's performance of "Obscurity" at the Liberty Festival.

Sally rehearsing for Obscurity performances with transparent screens
Picture: Sally rehearsing for "Obscurity" performances with transparent screens, photo by Ludovic Des Cognets.



I think, I see

Over the course of three days artist Sally Booth invited over 1,000 people to collaborate in outdoor studios and draw a series of panoramas of the Southbank Centre site. Participants were also encouraged to take inspiration from their memories of visiting Walking in My Mind at the Hayward Gallery.

This exhibition presents thousands of individual drawings by people of all ages connected together to tell the story of the art, architecture and people that collide and interact across the Southbank Centre every day.

Artist and filmmaker Carl Stevenson documented one day in the studio series. His film forms part of the exhibition. (8.15min)

I Think, I See is part of a series of projects in response to Walking in My Mind at the Hayward Gallery by Southbank Centre's Learning and Participation Programme.

This project was realised with support from Central Saint Martin's MA Fine Art students.

:: I think, I see

Friday 7th, Sunday 9th and Tuesday 11th Aug

As part of the Hayward Summer events programme, and to coincide with Walking in my Mind exhibition, I will be undertaking large scale collaborative "outdoor studio" drawing tents at 3 locations around the Royal Festival Hall and South Bank Centre. Participants welcome from 12 - 5 approx, information on location on the day from Hayward Gallery Foyer. All ages welcome.



Collaborative landscape residency with writer Evlynn Sharp, working on location in Cape Cornwall.

gathering storm
Gathering Storm, Cape Cornwall, ink on paper, July 2009
red chimney in sea mist
Red Chimney in Sea Mist, Gouache and crayon, July 2009
Thunderstorm, The Brisons, Cape Cornwall, ink on paper, July 2009

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary residency

10th and 11th July

A sample of my work form my time on the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary residency (see below) in Liverpool will be on display at Shape, as part of a group exhibition. Open to public 10th and 11th July and thereafter until 16th Oct by appt. Venue: Deane House Studios, 27 Greenwood Place, Kentish Town, London NW5 1LB. To see further examples of the work undertaken on this residency a publication is available, please contact Shape or myself direct if you would like one, or would like to book a studio visit with me to see more work.



28th - 29th June :: "Obscurity" at Greenwich Planetarium

Planetarium Greenwich Park - A collaborative sound, performance and visual art installation exploring Obscurity

As part of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival Sally will be doing live drawing on location on 2m x 3m screens as part of performances by Extant Theatre Company in Greenwich Park. An Extant commission

Greenwich Planetarium

Over this two day period Sally will be undertaking a live drawing installation around the cone on the roof of the Planetarium, incorporating a panorama of Greenwich Park and other elements from the performance narrative.



Bluecoat Open studio

Sally's acetate drawings from liverpool bus No1.

Sally's acetate drawings from liverpool bus No2.

Saturday 25th April 12 - 5pm, Studio 7, 3rd Floor, Bluecoat Open studio with examples of work and process from the residency period. Accessible by lift.

Allerton Towers. 3 layered transparent drawings made on location, pen on acetate on hanging rail 127 cm x 91 cm approx
Allerton Towers. 3 layered transparent drawings made on location, pen on acetate on hanging rail 127 cm x 91 cm approx.


Easter Weekend

Bluecoat Explore programme

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th April 12-4, Bluecoat Gallery Transparency drawing workshop with artist Sally Booth, using the surroundings of the Bluecoat as inspiration. Open to the public, all ages and experience welcome. Level Access. Part of the Explore programme.

Liverpool panoramas,  pen on balsa wood  10cm x 92 cm
Liverpool panoramas, pen on balsa wood 10cm x 92 cm
North dock adn the canal, 4 pen and ink wash drawings on balsa wood 10cm x 92cm
North dock adn the canal, 4 pen and ink wash drawings on balsa wood 10cm x 92cm.



Open Studio, Bluecoat

Saturday 14th February, 12 -4pm

This event offered the opportunity to see the studio, meet the artist and see examples of her previous work at the commencement of her residency. Visitors were invited to mark destinations in Liverpool to explore and work from, which would directly influence the drawings made during the course of the residency.

Studio windows photo montage. A selection from a series taken of shadows, reflections and changing light inspired by the oval windows in my studio over the period of the residency 160 cm x 245 cm
Studio windows photo montage. A selection from a series taken of shadows, reflections and changing light inspired by the oval windows in my studio over the period of the residency 160cm x 245cm.

More on this residencies here.

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary residency at the Bluecoat

1st February - 1st May 2009

As a visual artist usually based in London, the opportunity to spend 3 months away concentrating on my own practice in a city as visually and culturally stimulating as Liverpool was an exciting prospect.

Sally sketching at the North Docks
Sally sketching at the North Docks, Photo by Tristan Brady-Jacobs

The scene was set from the beginning with a rather surreal and magical initiation to the city. I arrived to a day of horizontal snow and when I ventured out to try and find the Mersey in what seemed like a bit of a blizzard, I felt as if I was walking through a still from a New York movie or a Whistler painting. The Liver Building was veiled by impossibly giant snowflakes and the river and usually distinctive skyline were almost invisible and indistinguishable from each other. This theme has continued through my residency with an interest in making work that explores transparency and obscurity.

Looking back at the Liver buildings with snow Snowing in Liverpool 2nd Feb towards the Liver building
Looking back at the Liver buildings with snow on 2nd Feb.

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

I have been awarded the second Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary, which this year is run in partnership with Shape, The Bluecoat, and Tate Liverpool. The bursary includes a 3 month residency with a studio based at the Bluecoat in Liverpool, with advice and consultancy from Tate Liverpool.

The bursary offers me the exciting opportunity to develop my practice without a fixed outcome, and I will be using the time to make new work directly inspired by my experience of the city of Liverpool and the studio itself.

Bluecoat gallery
Bluecoat gallery
Bluecoat studio window
Studio window in the Bluecoat

Residency Dates and Events

2nd February 2009- 1st May 2009

Open Studios

Saturday 14th February 2009 12- 4pm, Bluecoat

Saturday 25th April 2009, Bluecoat

The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX

Telephone: 0151 709 5297

Web: www.thebluecoat.org.uk

To contact me while on residency or to arrange a visit call 07921 809 688

Holton Lee Disability Arts Open 2009

Exhibition in the Gallery at Faith House, 17th January - 8th March 2009

Sally Booth with panoramic drawingPanoramic drawing detail pen on acetate Holton Lee 2009
Sally in front of the work in this exhibition. Underneath is a close up of this work.

The panoramic drawing on display above is a 360 degree view from the lookout station near Horseshoe Pond, undertaken while on residency at Holton Lee in 2008. The pictures above show details of this pen drawing on acetate.

Faith House Gallery
Holton Lee, East Holton, Holton Heath, Poole, Dorset BH16 6JN
Website: www.holtonlee.co.uk/arts

Telephone: 01202 625562 opening times vary, ring to confirm your intended arrival time Email: curator@holtonlee.co.uk Fax: 01202 632632


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