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Guest Projects – Same Same but Different

Private View:
6 – 8.30pm Tuesday 14th November 2017

Northern Line, blue shoes, green shoes

I've been asked to take part in a collaborative residency at Yinka Shonibare's Hackney studio. Alongside artists Aaron McPeake and Hugh Huddy, I will be making a site specific drawing installation in this ground floor studio space during October/November 2017.

Assistance Booth on the Night Tube

My drawing installation is inspired by journeys on the London Underground. From High Barnet to Morden, from Ealing to Upminster, I have been making drawings across the London tube network. Fast and furious, these line drawings are often made over just one or two stops, and reflect movement and snatches of life on the Underground.

Hugh has created a sound sculpture and Aaron will be displaying a series of pairs of bell-bronzes.

Footfall at Piccadilly Circus

The works are being displayed from Tuesday 14 November to Sunday 19 November. We are taking it in turns to invigilate the exhibition, so please call me in advance if you would like to visit when I will be there. Times: Noon – 6pm Daily

Guest Projects, Sunbury House, 1 Andrews Road, London E8 4QL

Piccadilly Line at Rayners Lane

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Northern Line, long sighted man

Supported by Guest Projects and SHAPE Arts

Some of my pictures at Open Studio Sept 2017

Some of my pictures at Open Studio Sep 2017

Sheep Sketchbooks

Sheep sketchbook and some of my pictures at Open Studio, Sept 2017

Cannizaro Park Studios
16 and 17 September / 23 and 24 September, 11 - 5pm
Open Studio Weekends

Multi-coloured Shoes

My studio's just been redecorated, and this year I will be showing a selection of work from past projects. We are also part of the Merton Arts Festival and Open House Weekend this year.

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

Open House
Merton Arts Festival Overview
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Other Artists
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This summer I will be facilitating workshops and events at various venues including Tate Modern, Royal Academy Summer Show, the Now You See Me exhibition in Milton Keynes and The History of Place project in Canterbury. See some details below.

Royal Academy:
Monday 7 August, 9am-12pm
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

I have been invited by the Royal Academy to facilitate a touch tour and workshop based on selected works in the Summer Exhibition.

Royal Academy,
Burlington House,
London W1J 0BD

"Join London based artist Sally Booth for an audio described touch tour through the Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition. Now in its 249th year, this far-ranging exhibition provides a unique platform to explore new and recent art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture.

As a visually impaired artist, Sally’s work is influenced by her own perspective of how she experiences the world. After leading a tour of the galleries, Sally will direct an art-making workshop, encouraging attendees to create work based on their personal reflections on their tour of this year’s show."

Spaces are limited. To find out more and to book a space
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Tate Modern:
Wednesday 26 July 2017, 4 – 5.30pm
Artist Led Audio Description Tour
I am one of 4 artists who have been invited to facilitate a new programme of workshops at Tate Modern which are taking place over the coming year.

Tate Modern,
London SE1

"Work made in the studio can be intimate or monumental. In this audio described tour artist Sally Booth selects a variety of portraits, paintings and sculptures from the Tate collection which explore themes of intimacy and intensity."

No booking required. This tour takes place seated in the gallery. Sighted companions and guide dogs are welcome.
Please meet in the Community Room (in the Blavatnik building, next to Terrace Café) for tea and coffee from 3.30pm before the tour.
To discuss any access requirements please contact Anna Murray, Assistant Curator at Tate Modern.

Join this audio description tour and investigate the processes artists use to make artworks.
Click here for more info

St Mildred's Church, Canterbury:
Saturday 8 July, 10am-5pm
Accentuate History of Place Project

History of Place is a national project being run by Accentuate, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to animate the stories of deaf and disabled people associated with eight locations across the country.

St Mildred's Church,
Church Lane,
Canterbury CT1 2PP

As part of this project I will be facilitating a family workshop, inspired by the stained glass windows of St Mildred's Church near Canterbury. This forms part of the Canterbury Medieval Pageant taking place on 8 July. The drop-in workshop is open for people to come by any time between 10am and 5pm.

To find out more about the History of Place project see:

Milton Keynes:
Friday 7 July, 1-3pm

Using the Now You See Me exhibition and space as inspiration, I am running an informal workshop for people to come and try out their drawing and description skills.

Door 15,
Silbury Blvd,
Milton Keynes MK9 1JL

Now You See Me is an exhibition of works that showcase the talent of Disabled artists from Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. The exhibition aims to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and reduce stigma surrounding both physical disability and mental health, whilst also addressing accessibility within the visual arts through a programme of events.
Curated by Arts for Health Milton Keynes in partnership with MKDAD and centre.mk, the exhibition showcases 50 works, to coincide with the MK50 celebrations.
The exhibition runs from Wednesday 21st June until Saturday 15th July 2017. This event is part of the Disability Awareness Day programme for Arts for Health Milton Keynes.
More details


Draw the Line: Contemporary Drawing Exhibition

I am one of the artists selected for this exhibition, and will be showing my concertina sketchbook inspired by The Scrap Pile at Geevor Tin Mine.

The Scrap Pile at Geevor Tin MineThe Scrap Pile at Geevor Tin Mine, brown ink and orange crayon on paper

8th April – 22nd April 2017

Surface Gallery
16 Southwell Road
Nottingham NG1 1DL
Telephone: +44 (0) 115 947 0793

Usual Opening Times
Tuesday to Friday 1200 - 1800
Saturday 1100 – 1700


This April at Surface Gallery, Draw the Line will ask the question, what is drawing today?
Chosen from 300 submissions, the exhibition will showcase a selection of contemporary art from across the world. Draw the Line features over 60 works that expand the definition of drawing. A variety of approaches, from experimenting with different mediums to utilising diverse presentation methods, including moving image, offer an unusual perspective on what constitutes contemporary drawing. One of the building blocks of art, drawing is at the core of artistic practice. Often overlooked as a means to an end, drawing has been enjoying a resurgence in recent years, emerging as a vibrant area of research in contemporary art.
Paul Klee famously described drawing as ‘taking a line for a walk’. Draw the Line looks at the many different paths these lines explore.

The Scrap Pile at Geevor Tin Mine

For this piece of work, I made pen drawings in and around the site of Geevor Tin Mine Museum in Cornwall. On the cliffs outside there was a pile of old machinery and rusty metal in a large semi-circle.

Scrap Pile Concertina Detail 1Thickening cone, Wagon butt and Steel ropes

I spent three days outside working on this drawing, using brown ink in a linear form, gradually building up the abstract shapes in front of me to form a panorama. The process of making the drawing took about three days. I built up the piece from left to right, doing a small section at a time, and rushing indoors at various intervals to avoid the rain or wait for bits to dry.

Scrap Pile Concertina Detail 2Winding engine and Waterpipes

The colour of the ink reflects the rusty metal. Apart from obviously recognisable items such as cement mixers and reels of steel rope, most of the machinery to me presented as a series of mysterious abstract shapes all in a line. It was not until one of the staff at the mining museum came up to see what I was up to, and we got into conversation, that I started to find out from him the wonderful names of all these pieces of machinery , such as 'muckerbucket', 'thickening cones' and 'floatation cells', and what they did. He was able to help me label each part, and it is this that completed the drawing for me.

Ways of Seeing Art

In February 2017 I will be taking part in some exciting workshops and a symposium exploring the links between art and audio description at the new Switch House building at Tate Modern, as part of Tate Exchange.

This 4 day event is programmed by Shape Arts, a Tate Exchange Associate. Follow this link for more information.

As part of this programme, I will be facilitating a drawing and description workshop in the dramatic setting of the the Switch House on Saturday 25 February and acting as a facilitator at the symposium on Friday 24 February.

The Switch House at Tate Modern - Photo by Sally BoothThe Switch House at Tate Modern - Photo by Sally Booth

Follow this link to find out more about the full programme of events.

Other participating artists include Rachel Gadsden and Aaron McPeake.

At my workshop you can make experimental drawings of the views from the Switch House and try out your descriptive skills.

Time: 25 February, 4-6pm.
Venue: Tate Exchange, Switch House, Level 5, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

More information.


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