Saturday, 30 April 2016

London USk's Timberyard Soho show extended

Photos by Cephas Azariah

The London Urban Sketchers exhibition at Timberyard cafe in Soho has been extended. It was due to come down at the end of April, but it will now continue over the summer. We will post a definite end date when we have one. If you're passing through London on your way to or from the Urban Sketchers symposium in Manchester at the end of July, come and give it a visit. It's in the heart of Soho in central London: the full address is below.

The drawings and prints of drawings are all of London, lots of them done on our regular monthly sketchcrawls. Most of the works are for sale – and several works have already been sold and replaced.

Photos by Cephas Azariah
Artists on show are: Sangeeta Bhagawati, Elizabeth Blunt, Nathan Brenville, Julie Bolus, Isabel Carmona, Jo Dungey, Katy Evans, James Hobbs, Isabelle Laliberte, Daniel Lloyd-Morgan, Choon Low, Dolores Kitchener, Tom Ledger, Paulina Little, Simone Menken, Olya Osipova, Simon Privett, Nick Richards, Evelyn Rowland, Sue Smith, John Swanson, Marissa Lee Swinghammer, Katherine Tyrrell, and Tony Underhill.

Timberyard Soho is at 4 Noel Street, London W1F 8GB and is open Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, and Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm. This is its website:

Thanks to Cephas Araziah for allowing us to use his photographs of the show.


Monday, 18 April 2016

Around Piccadilly: the team

Here are some photos of people in action around the Royal Academy on our recent gathering. It was good to see everyone who ventured out on such a cold, grey day, and to sit and compare notes (and warm up) at the end of the day. Thanks to Katherine for organising it, even if you couldn't come – we hope you're better soon.

And afterwards, at a cafe across the road from the Royal Academy...

You can find details of our next planned meetings here.


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Let's Draw Galleries, Bookshops and Arcades in Piccadilly and St James

On Saturday 16th April, London Urban Sketchers will be drawing the galleries, shopping arcades and bookshops of Piccadilly and St James - and in particular the courtyard of Burlington House (where the Royal Academies are located) 
  • Piccadilly is the street running west from Piccadilly Circus
  • St James is the area south of Piccadilly
  • Nearest tubes are Piccadilly and Green Park
The Courtyard of Burlington House - drawn from the RA looking towards Piccadilly through the arch
pen and ink and coloured pencils
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
This is a summary of the visit - followed by a description of what we are visiting.
  • MAP: Map - see below for places and websites
    • start/lunch/end in yellow
    • galleries in red
    • arcades and shops in Hatchards turquoise 
    • books in blue
  • DATE: Saturday 16th April 2016
  • START venue/time: 11:00 Burlington House courtyard
    • wet - under the archway (see sketch)
    • dry - though the arch and turn right
  • LUNCH: 1:00pm - same place
  • FINISH: 3:30pm - same place
  • AFTERWARDS: Depends on numbers, probably the Grand Cafe at the RA - otherwise over the road to the Gallery at Fortnum and Masons!
  • Travel: Tube Station - Piccadilly or Green Park
Katherine Tyrrell is organising this but is very busy this week and may have problems being there on Saturday. James Hobbs will however be present on Saturday.

PLACES / Websites:

See the following websites for what the different places look like


There's also a number of galleries in Cork Street and Duke Street




Monday, 21 March 2016

Looking back at the St. Pancras sketchcrawl

It was lovely to see such a great turnout on Saturday for this month’s sketchcrawl despite the rather grey day and chilly weather!

The outside of the old station building, which now houses the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel,  proved a draw for lots of the group.

Others drew inside the station, although it wasn’t much warmer!

The lunchtime stop was in Granary Square and there was a chance to look at the work so far.

The building work around Granary Square and boats on the canal proved popular subjects in the afternoon.

Although the plan was to meet on the terrace at Kings Place, it seemed more sensible to warm up in the café area inside. There was time to chat, get a hot drink and look at each other’s sketchbooks.

It wold be great to see your drawings.  If you are on Flickr, you can apply to join the London Urban Sketchers Flickr page or those on Facebook can join the London Urban Sketchers Facebook page.  If you are on Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #urbansketchers for your work to get seen and shared by others.

London Urban Sketchers Flickr page

London Urban Sketchers Facebook page  

Thank you to everybody who came along and hope to see you all at the April outing to the area around the Royal Academy.


Thursday, 3 March 2016

Let's draw St. Pancras!

March’s sketchcrawl will be in and around the bustling St. Pancras/Kings Cross area of London. 
As well as the two stations themselves, with their mix of old and new architecture, there are a whole host of places nearby to draw - the historic Regent’s Canal with beautiful narrowboats, Granary Square with towering warehouses and shiny new Kings Place, a relatively new London cultural venue with a fabulous view of Battlebridge Basin, complete with houseboats and barges.  There is also a raised viewing platform overlooking Kings Cross Station which would make a great viewpoint for a panorama of the area.  

Meet at 11 am outside the old front entrance to St. Pancras Station.
(The entrance facing Euston Road near the entrance to the Renaissance Hotel)

Meet up again at 1 pm outside the entrance to Central Saint Martins in Granary Square.

A mixture of old and new architecture alongside the canal.

Meet up at 3.30 pm on the back terrace at Kings Place to take a look at what everyone has been working on during the day.

The view from the back terrace at Kings Place from my sketchbook.

For more information on the area, have a look at these two websites

I hope to see you on March 19th!


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Return to Silvertown

London's Urban Sketchers had their second visit to Silvertown, a 62-acre (25 hectare) development site in the East End that we have been invited to record as it gradually turns into the reality of the planners' vision. In the heart of London's old Royal Dockyard, and throbbing in the heyday of the British Empire, Silvertown began its decline in the 1960s, and is now a huge, barren wasteland next to City Airport that promises 3,000 new homes and 20,000 new jobs in the years to come.

Nick Richards, Silo D, Silvertown

A few monumental buildings, such as Millennium Mills and Silo D, survive among the rubble, and will be restored. On our last visit, Millennium Mills was out of bounds because asbestos removal was underway. This time we were allowed inside, travelling up in the hoist, walking through its vast empty structure, and then out on to the 11th-floor roof overlooking the city.

Isabel Carmona, Millennium Mills (left) and Silo D (centre)

From the blustery rooftop, there were great view across towards the towers of the financial district, the Thames Barrier, the O2 Arena, City Airport, and the unspectacular conurbation of the East End stretching out to the horizon. In the wasteland below, the flashing lights of police cars and a burning vehicle were surrounded by a camera crew – one of many film units attracted to the gritty city feel of Silvertown.

Simon Privett, from the roof of Millennium Mills, looking west

Adebanji Alade, Millennium Dome from Millennium Mills

Simone Menken, looking west from the rooftop

James Hobbs, looking north from the roof of Millennium Mills

The giant mural on the side of Millennium Mills was created in 2012 by Shepard Fairey, the designer of the Barack Obama Hope poster.

Daniel Lloyd-Morgan, Attention Graffiti

Jo Dungey, Millennium Mills

The next 10 to 15 years will see this area change beyond recognition. There is a residential community close to the entrance to the site, but it is currently a quiet area – apart from the planes from the airport and construction traffic. Since our last visit in May last year (read about it here), there has been little outward change. The ground is cleared, and buildings rise in other sites around the periphery, but most of the action has still to arrive in Silvertown.

On the roof of Millennium Mills, from the left: Adebanji Alade, James Hobbs, Jo Dungey, Isabel Carmona, Simon Privett, Simone Menken, Nick Richards and Daniel Lloyd-Morgan.

The site is closed for visits now, but we're planning more in the future. Our thanks to the Silvertown Partnership for inviting us.


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

St Botolph without Aldersgate, Postman's Park

I've been itching to get out and draw something without freezing to the spot. On other attempts I've been thwarted by the trees, so today I gave up and let them in.