Forthcoming / Recent events
Drawings by Sally Booth
Showing now at Forth Valley Hospital in the ground floor atrium and public spaces until August 2014.
Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Stirling Road, Larbert, Falkirk FK5 4WR
x-ray light boxes in the atrium Forth Valley Hospital
These 12 pen on acetate drawings of a Theatre Practitioner or "Scrubs Nurse" show the process of "scrubbing up" from putting on the mask, to the meticulous protocol for handwashing to prepare for theatre. Theatre practitioner Katie posed for this series of drawings for me, which shows the process in stages and the finished drawings have been illuminated on an X ray light box and displayed at the hospital as part of the residency exhibition.
The deft touch of the fingers on the till, the rotational rinse of the elbows, the solid observing of the petrie dish, the logic of patients' notes in their hoppers, Sally Booth's drawings trace some of the choreography and beauty of the work that the hospital's complement of 3,800 NHS and Serco staff does, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Sandy in the lab
Inspired by the X-Ray light boxes in the hospital, Sally, who always works directly from the subject, made around a hundred transparent pen drawings in hospital departments, including pathology, microbiology and health records, and in materials handling (where the robots live), the restaurant and the woods.
Lab drawings on X-ray light box
Sally Booth has undertaken drawing installations and site specific residencies across the UK including the Scottish Parliament, the Bluecoat in Liverpool and the South Bank Centre in London. Her most recent project 'Edges and Extremes' celebrating people, place and industry in Shetland and Cornwall culminated in an exhibition at Tate Modern earlier this year.
We would like to thank everyone who appears in the drawings.
This residency and exhibition was hosted by Artlink Central, with financial support from NHS Forth Valley Endowments.
A selection of images is available online at www.artlinkcentral.org
If you would like to use any of the drawings for display or for publication, please contact Arts Coordinator Babs McCool on 01324 567492 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tate Modern exhibition extended by popular demand
If you missed the last two weeks it is now on till Sunday 13th April inclusive. 10 till 6pm. See details below.
Here are some images from the Edges and Extremes exhibition at the McAulay Gallery, Tate Modern and the performance event, which took place in the Turbine Hall in March 2014.
Instalation shot 1 Tate Modern photo by Tim Pier
Instalation shot 2 Tate Modern photo by Tim Pier
Instalation shot 3 Tate Modern photo by Tim Pier
Looking at Davie's Haddock private view Tate Modern photo by Tim Pier
Performance in the Turbine Hall 21st March photo Kevin Harrison
The Turbine Hall event filmed by Stu photo by Kevin Harrison
Edges and Extremes: Shetland and Cornwall People, place, industry
A collaborative arts project by visual artist Sally Booth and poet Evlynn Sharp
Chimney Stacks and Red Rocks, Geevor. By Sally Booth
Tate Modern Exhibition and Launch Invitation
You are cordially invited to attend a special reception to mark the launch of the Edges and Extremes exhibition. Hosted by the Tate Learning team, this exhibition shows original artworks and poetry inspired by the artists' residencies in Scalloway and West Penwith, at the very edges of the British Isles.
Friday 21 March 2014 McAulay Gallery, Level 0 Tate Modern Bankside London SE1 9TG
6pm - 8pm Free. Refreshments provided.
An artists' talk and poetry performance will commence at 6.30pm in the east end of the turbine hall, with musical accompaniment from special guests including Shetland fiddler/composer Margaret Scollay and Cornish melodeon player, Marc Cragg.
A BSL interpreter will be provided.
Exhibition continues at Tate Modern, McAulay Gallery
Friday 21 March-Sunday 6 April 2014, 10.00-18.00 www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/edges-and-extremes-shetland-and-cornwall-people-places-industry
For full list of funders see; Edges and Extremes Residency (under the residencies section of this website).
Edges and Extremes
Working closely with local people, Sally and Evlynn explore traditions and work practices past and present. They reflect distinctive patterns, landscapes and rhythms of people's lives such as Davie Robertson's speed of filleting, the artistry of elderly Shetland maakers (knitters) Annie Henry and Emma Isbister, and Geevor Tin Mine's former grizzly man (rock breaker) Eddie Strick.
Scallop Workers 1 (extract)
(For Kevin, Andrea, Frank, Ludmilla)
Two men's knives into shells
Click clack...each other case -
Click clack...flung into floor-sack,
And each scallop skimmed over
For the trim two women complete...
This project exploring remote landscapes is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland. The artists are also grateful for support from Tate, Scottish Parliament, Shape, BBC Radio Shetland, BBC Radio Cornwall, Artlink Central, Geevor Tin Mine Museum, Juliet Gomperts Trust, Loganair, Shetland Arts, Earnscliffe - Making Access Work, Zinc White, Steve Mannix, Pen to Paper (Brighton), K and K Stationers (London), Grenfells Cottage, The Trewellard Arms and Skinner's Brewery.
The artists particularly wish to acknowledge the kind contribution of the Scalloway and Pendeen communities and all who generously gave their time and support in many ways.
With thanks to Margaret Scollay and Marc Cragg who have given permission to use their musical compositions and interpretations on the CD recordings.
Edges and Extremes: Shetland and Cornwall People, Place, Industry
A collaborative arts project By visual artist Sally Booth and poet Evlynn Sharp
Slide show of photographs and artworks With music, poetry readings, text and still images
Running time: c. 25 minutes.
You can play the film from one of two options below.
Musical accompaniment By composer/fiddler Margaret Scollay of Shetland And composer/melodeon player Marc Cragg of Cornwall.
- Shetland - photographic images
- Shetland Artworks by Sally Booth
- Shetland Poems by Evlynn Sharp
List of readers and poems:
Jane Moncrieff, Cast Off A Loop Holly Smith, Scalloway Scallop Worker Two Jane Moncrieff, Scallop Worker One Logan Nicolson, Patterns of a Life Evlynn Sharp, Weather Far More
4. Cornwall - photographic images
5. Cornwall Artworks by Sally Booth
6. Cornwall Poems by Evlynn Sharp
List of readers and poems:
Sheilagh Hosking: Shoeless Woman Mine Worker Clint Hosking: Grizzly Man Evlynn Sharp: Into Old Men's Workings, West Penwith Clint Hosking: In memory of the men who lost their lives in the Levant Mine Disaster, 1919 Will Hosking: To The Lighthouse Keeper
All poetry readings in this selection are accompanied by text.