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Here are some highlights from projects undertaken in 2016.

This year I have exhibited my work at the Shetland Museum, the OXO Tower, the Guardian Newspaper headquarters in Kings Cross and the SHAPE Open. Other activities have included working on an oral history project celebrating Tooting Markets and working on an intergenerational project with Extant Theatre Company.

Tooting Covered Markets Art Project

Stylish stall

Whites fisheriesPhotographs of stalls and stallholders at Tooting Markets

Tooting Stall Stories is an art, film and history project in which Year 6 children from Furzedown Primary School have been exploring the the two covered markets in Tooting. The children met with and filmed interviews with stall holders and shoppers and these formed the basis of a new documentary film, More Stalls This Way.

They also worked with me to make artwork inspired by the colourful shops on the market and, working with their teachers at school, they produced pieces of creative writing.


drawing close upPhotographs of pupils drawing the fabric stalls on site at Tooting Market

The project celebrated both the children’s work and the people in these wonderful markets, their back stories and hidden histories.

Commencing with an artist talk at the school and a workshop showing the children how to make their own concertina sketchbooks, the project continued art workshops which I facilitated on site visits to Tooting Markets. The pupils made their own drawings of stalls and stallholders including at the fishmongers, the petshop, the butchers, fabric stalls and the juice bar. The work formed a pop-up exhibition which took place at a unit in Broadway Market from 8th to 10th December.

Making banners


Exhibition in full flowPhotographs of pupils making their own banners for the exhibition, pupils and visitors at the pop-up gallery at Broadway Market

This project was supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and the Wandsworth Grant Fund. K&K Stationers also kindly printed publicity materials. Logos

You can find out more, watch the film and see the artwork and writing on the project website.


Furzedown Primary School

Shetland Museum – final exhibition of Edges and Extremes

Installation shot in gallery

Installation shot of the exhibition space

Dispaly case with watercolour

Artwork, poetry and knittingFour installation shots of the exhibition at Da Gadderie, Shetland Museum

This collaborative exhibition with poet Evlynn Sharp took place in the beautiful gallery at Shetland Museums and Archives from 20th August to 2nd October. The show brought together not just work from Shetland but our time in Cornwall too, and was a fitting location to complete our collaboration. As well as working with local schoolchildren and meeting old friends, there was even a chance to get out into the countryside and to learn how to fish.

Two little pollock

Joy the SheepExamples from my Shetland Sketchbook.
Two Little Pollock - ink and watercolour on paper.
Joy The Sheep - pen on paper.

Paul Bloomer writing for The Shetland Times (26 Aug 2016) said “The artwork is documentary in nature, but not in a photographic way. This is the human hand and heart at work and the art captures speed, movement and gesture...The work is a fluid dialogue between word, image, place, time and people, a meeting of mind, heart, memory and emotion.”

To see more images and poetry from the Edges and Extremes project in Shetland and Cornwall, click here

Supported by Loganair and Shetland Museums and Archives.

Merton Arts Festival 2016
It is time for my annual open studio. This year I have some concertina sketchbook pictures from my recent trip to Shetland August to September 2016.

17-18 & 24-25 September 2016
11.00am – 5.00pm

Come and see the work of painters, printmakers, ceramicists and sculptors. Based in the heart of Cannizaro Park.

Barbara Aldridge, Sally Booth, Susan Berry, Ben Gibbon, Moira Jarvis, Tim Norris, Julian Rena

The Potting Sheds
Cannizaro Park
Wimbledon Common
London SW19 4UE

The studios are located by the pond next to the Italian Walled Garden in the middle of Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon Village. Cannizaro Park is behind Cannizaro House Hotel and is signposted from the main park entrance on the West side of Wimbledon Common. It is approximately a 25 min walk from Wimbledon town centre.

Tube: Wimbledon on District Line and 25 minutes walk or bus
Bus: The 93, 200, and 493 go to Wimbledon Village. 10 mins walk
Trains: Direct from Waterloo & Clapham Junction
Tramlink: From Croydon
Car: Parking is usually available nearby. For disabled access by car, please come to the studio via Camp Road.

Download the details and map here.

Exhibition at Shetland Museum
20th August 2016 – 2nd October 2016
Hays Dock, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0WP
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sundays 12-5pm

Evlynn Sharp & Sally Booth: Edges and Extremes - Shetland: People, Place, Industry
A collaborative arts project linking visual arts and poetry. Local people shared aspects and personal experiences of their daily lives with the artists. The exhibition reflects the people they met and the sights and sounds of Shetland.

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Box of haddock “Box of Haddock” by Sally Booth. Ink, acrylic and watercolour on paper, 2012.

Davie at Hunters Fish (extract)
Evlynn Sharp
This morning, you’re filleting
Haddock – each fish done in
Less than a minute, you’re fast…
A stainless steel table for haddock,
A sharp knife, you’re steady, no fable,
And we watch, the rhythm of you…

Dialogue Beyond Sight Exhibition | Dialogue
Venue: gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
Exhibition: Wednesday 13 – Sunday 17 July 2016
Open Daily 11am – 6pm
Admission free

Sally's Walking BootsSally's walking boots, Ink, iron oxide and mine slime on handmade paper made from local vegetation, North Cornwall, 2015

Dialogue Beyond Sight Exhibition is a cross-disciplinary collaboration featuring the works of visually impaired artists and performers.

This exhibition brings together emerging and mainstream artists and performers in response to the theme “dialogue”. Collaborators examine the links between artist and audience, and practitioner and practice, presenting an eclectic range of artworks across art forms.

I have got two pieces of work showing at this exhibition.

For those visitors requiring a quiet tour of the exhibition, please contact us for an individual tour designed for your needs. Booking is essential as places are limited. Email info@mamomiinitiative.com
#dialoguebeyondsight Curated by Andrew Mashigo and Rachel Gadsden
www.mamomiinitiative.com and www.dialoguebeyondsight.com

Dialogue Beyond Sight is a MaMoMi project supported using public funding by Arts Council England. gallery@oxo is owned and managed by Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org

1-26 February 2016
The Guardian
Kings Place, 90 York Way
London N1 9GU

An exhibition by the Central Illustration Agency (CIA) and Graeae Theatre Company
celebrating 35 years of placing Deaf and disabled artists centre stage.

In February 2016, CIA and Graeae launched Reframing the Myth at The Guardian’s exhibition space in King’s Cross. CIA has partnered 40 of its illustrators with 40 of Graeae Theatre Company’s artists to explore their mutual creativity and produce artwork inspired by the experiences of the company’s actors, dancers, writers and directors.

Sally and Mel Sally and Mel at the opening of Reframing the Myth exhibition at the Guardian, Kings Place, February 2016. Photo by Peter Dauncey

I was invited to take part in this collaborative project by Graeae. I was paired up with Mel Stevens whose art forms are circus, physical and street theatre. Mel was practising at Circomedia in Kingswood, Bristol. So we arranged for me to go down and just draw her during the day and whatever came out of that day would be our piece of work. Our warm up was to draw her at her juggling session in the morning and then I watched and drew her all afternoon flying high and making stunning and colourful shapes in her aerial silk work.

I worked in pen to make quick, immediate drawings to capture her movement and filled a 4 metre concertina sketchbook. Later I painted the rich orange silks in coloured inks with Mel in purples, pinks and reds. A selection of my drawings were scanned and are on display in the exhibition.

Pages from the sketchbook

Pages from the sketchbook

ArtworkPages from the sketchbook

Sally talking about her collaboration with Mel Stevens at Circomedia, Bristol, December 2015. Recorded by Graeae, January 2016.
Running time approx 7 mins 58 secs.

To see whole skecthbook click here



My Life
Shape Open Competition 2016

5 -21 February 2016
Guest Projects
1 Andrews Road
London E8 4QL
Open Thursday-Sunday 12pm-5pm (or by appointment)

This year, the ground-breaking annual Shape Open exhibition will be at Guest Projects space, hosted by Shape Open Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE.

The Shape Open 2016 theme ‘My Life’ encouraged both disabled and non-disabled artists to creatively express life through the lens of disability.

The responses are serious-minded, satirical, and often ambiguous, requiring the viewer to consider the different aspects of disability and to challenge the way disability is perceived.

The final artworks were carefully selected for the exhibition by a panel of judges including Yinka Shonibare MBE, Carly Jayne – Shape Open Prize Winner 2014, and from Shape Arts, Tony Heaton OBE and Ben Fredericks (video/audio only).

The Invisible Woman "The Invisible Woman", 2015

I'm one of 40 artists selected for this exhibition, and am showing “The Invisible Woman”, which is my disabled person's Freedom Pass. It goes everywhere with me and is my lifeline. It's been lost in the back of someone's van, nearly been in the washing machine several times, and has faded almost to nothing.



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