Sally Booth: Live Drawing on the South Bank for Liberty Festival

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As part of this weekend’s Liberty festival, visual artist Sally Booth will create a live drawing installation on the South Bank tomorrow. The large, 3D structure has been designed in collaboration with sculptor Tim Norris.

“It’s a wood and voile structure and it’s a panoramic format,” Booth explains. “It takes its design from architecture around the South Bank. I work on long, thin panoramas and this puts together lots of panoramas. You’ll get a jigsaw effect of the views along the South Bank.”

The drawings will be visible from outside the structure, and people will be allowed inside at regular intervals during the afternoon and between 6pm and 7.30pm.

Booth has created similar works on the South Bank in previous years, which have involved public participation (see video below). But this time she’ll be working alone.

“I did three of these in 2009 but this is a bit more ambitious. This one is going to be mine. It will end up being a composite panoramic view of the South Bank. This view will encompass the river, Waterloo Bridge and the National Theatre. It’s all my drawings this time.”

Booth works on semi-transparent materials, which she says reflects her own sight: “Because I’m visually impaired I see things a bit soft and out of focus. I use a lot of line drawing and simple shapes because I don’t see the detail. I found this method echoed my vision in some way.

“For me it’s like that all the time but it’s quite beautiful. On the one hand it makes things more difficult but at the same time there’s a softness to it.”

The Liberty festival celebrates deaf and disabled artists, with three days of live music, dance, comedy, family entertainment and more. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Liberty.

Following the Liberty festival, Booth will take part in an open studio event as part of Merton Arts Trail during the last two weekends in September. She also has a one-day exhibition at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club, where she was an artist-in-residence, on 13 November.

Sally Booth at Liberty festival, 1 Sep on the riverbank outside the National Theatre. Live drawing from 1pm to 6pm, open to the public from 6pm to 7.30pm.