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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 formed 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.

Milton Keynes Gallery

canvas stacked up at Merton and Morden Guild workshops
Picture of stacked canvases from Sally's Merton and Morden Guild workshops.

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.

Liberty Festival

In September 2007 I was selected to undertake a drawing installation and facilitate a participatory art project with the public, as part of the Liberty Arts Festival in Trafalgar Square. The event showcased the work of disabled artists and performers and was attended by several thousand people.

Liberty Festival Drawing Tent
Liberty Festival Drawing Tent in Trafalgar Square. The photo shows a view of the finished tent from the entrance, every surface covered by layers of multi-coloured drawing done by the public. Voile and timber with coloured permanent pens.

My project comprised of an octagonal drawing tent, constructed out of timber, with transparent voile screens which gave a 360 degree view of the square. The tent was accessible, enabling the public to enter as they pleased, to use permanent coloured pens to draw directly onto the material, using the panoramic view of the square as a starting point for their inspiration. The tent was attended by all ages, and the end result was a collective drawing in many colours, overlaying my own drawing.

Liberty  Drawing Installation location shot
Liberty Drawing Installation location shot. The picture shows a member of the public drawing on an outside section of the semi-transparent tent, with the fountain, the National Gallery and members of the public in the background. A placard reads "Drawing Installation. Join in and make your mark. Drawing installation by Sally Booth. Help create a panoramic view of the square".
Back view of a young boy making a wonderful drawing of a pigeon near ground level in the drawing tent
Back view of a young boy making a wonderful drawing of a pigeon near ground level in the drawing tent.
Liberty Festival Drawing tent location shot Children drawing in the Liberty Festival Drawing tent
Photo on the left shows the Liberty Festival Drawing tent location shot. This photo shows the 9ft high drawing installation structure in situ in Trafalgar Square, dominated by Nelson's Column in the background.

Photo on the right shows children drawing at Liberty. A back view of two children with back packs (they are possibly brothers). They are both engrossed in making drawings on the tent. Permission given.

To find out more about this project and other participatory projects, please contact me.

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