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Sally McKay

Central to Sally’s artists practice are the moving figure, rhythm and energy, focusing on live performance, in particular dance as her stimulus. A Fine Art and Dance graduate of Goldsmiths College, Sally spent over a decade working as a designer in film and publishing before returning to work as a visual artist and taking an MA in Fine Art at the City & Guilds of London Art School in 2002.

Since then Sally has worked with many award winning choreographers and dance companies drawing during rehearsals and using the drawings to inform her etching, painting, and life size wire sculpture. Drawing is at the core of her work. Sally is Resident Artist at Greenwich Dance, she exhibits regularly across the UK including annual Open Studio exhibitions at her studio overlooking the River Thames.

Education1980-1983 Goldsmiths, BA (hons), Fine Art/Dance
1983-1984 Goldsmiths, Post Graduate Diploma, Printmaking
2000-2002 City and Guilds of London Art School, MA Fine Art

Solo Exhibitions, Commissions, Residencies
on-going since 2011 Resident Artist, Greenwich Dance
2016 Greenwich Dance. Drawing, etching and painting
2015 Commission: Life size wire sculpture, ‘Sara’, Madrid advertising agency, to be used in Spanish medical advertising
2014 Commission: Baume & Mercier, wire sculpture of 2 hands linking little fingers, ‘pinkie promise’, 5 times life size, for
Swiss Watch brand Baume & Mercier’s advertising campaign in Harrods London, also shown in New York City,
Singapore, Dubai and other cities
2013 – 2014 Yorke Dance Project. Figure Ground. Creation of 3 painted floor to ceiling canvas Backdrops, inspired by drawings
made during rehearsals, for UK tour.
2013 Lewisham College, collaboration with Dance Department. Drew BTEC dance students rehearsing, created Backdrop for
their examined performance.
2012 Solo show at no format gallery, London. Multisensory experience and artistic images of the moving human figure
Russell Maliphant Company residency, drawing rehearsals of The Rodin Project.
Yorke Dance Project. Creation of life size wire sculpture to be on stage with solo dancer for Wordsworth, for UK tour
Beyond Fronta. Drawing of Dance Laboratory at Greenwich Dance. Dancers from Eastern Europe and UK
culminating in Touring Performance, Exhibition and Publication.
2011 2 life size wire sculptures commissioned by Law company in Essex
2010 Life size wire sculpture commissioned from private buyer in Ibiza.
2010 Laban, London
Michael Simkins Media Lawyers, WC1
Open Studio, 2nd Floor Studios, Woolwich
2009 GV Art, London. Chasing Shadows (included live performance of 8 dancers and musician)
Greenwich Theatre. Chasing Shadows (included live performance and musician)
Laban, London
Greenwich Dance Agency. Common Dance
2008 Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. New York
Laban. London
Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
2007 Drawing Breath. Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey
20-21 Visual Arts Centre, North Lincolnshire
2006 Diverging Angels. South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell.
Drawing Breath. Buckenham Galleries, Southwold
Diverging Angels. The Union Club, Soho
Drawing Breath. Snape Maltings, Suffolk
2005 A Trace of Movement. The Corn Exchange, Newbury
Double Take. Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
2004 A Trace of Movement. Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester
A Trace of Movement. Arc Theatre, Trowbridge

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Corpus. Blackheath Gallery
Pavilion Dance. Drawings of 'Dance for Parkinson’s' classes
3 artist residency at no format gallery S London
Annual Open Studio, 2nd Floor Studios, London
2015/16 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
2015 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015. Etching
Affordable Art Fair, Edinburgh
Morley College Gallery, London, Prints for Presents
Jackhouse Gallery, Portsmouth
Bourneside Gallery, Dorking
2014 Gerald Moore Gallery, with Greenwich Printmakers, London
2013 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015. Etching
Arbeit Gallery, London, Formed View. Collaborative Multi-media Performance Dance Project
Sketch 2013. Rabley Drawing Centre, Wiltshire, then touring
Pop-Up Gallery. Crafts Central. London
2009 Deptford X, London
Gifts for the Gifted, GV Art, London
2008 Affordable Art Fair. Amsterdam
The Union, Soho, London
Affordable Art Fair Paris
Affordable Art Fair London
Red Dot New York
There is Hope. GV Art. W1
2007 Bridge Miami
Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam
Bridge London
Affordable Art Fair New York
Organon Laboratories, Cambridge
Affordable Art Fair. London
2006 Organon Laboratories, Cambridge
Hackwood Art Festival, Hampshire
2005 Long Weekend. Scholar’s House Studios, Clapham
The Artist’s Eye. Buckenham Galleries, Southwold
Images In The City. The Geffrye Museum, London
The Art of Love. the gallery oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf. London
2004 The Gallery One O Two, Tea Building, Shoreditch
Café Gallery Open, Bermondsey
Double Take. Laban, London
The Poetry of Art, Buckenham Galleries, Southwold
The Art of Love, The Arndean Gallery, Cork Street
The Gallery One O Two, Tea Building, Shoreditch
2003 Suffolk to Sinai, the gallery oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf. 3 Women Show
Sothebey’s Exhibition: Conflict, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury.
Society of Graphic Fine Art. Annual Exhibition, Hotbath Gallery, Bath.
Deptford X, London
Fisherton Mill, Salisbury
Sculpture Trail, Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park, Surrey