Friday, 23 September 2022

Let's draw Mile End - 15 October 2022

 

Sketch by Martin Stone

[by Martin Stone and Adam Jefford]


In October we draw Mile End

Our sketchcrawl this month is based at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park, the venue of our 'London by Urban Sketchers' 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition from 8 to 16 October  

At the heart of London’s old East End, vibrant Mile End has a wide range of sketching opportunities. The area is bounded to the west by Regent’s Canal, with its colourful houseboats, working locks and bridges alongside the award winning Mile End Park. To the east are the well-preserved Georgian terraces centred on beautiful Tredegar Square. Grove Road and its continuation Burdett Road run north to south, and feature a wide range of urban architecture and scenes.

Our sketchcrawl takes place on the penultimate day of the London by Urban Sketchers exhibition -- the perfect opportunity for an 'up close and personal' view of more than 100 drawings by Urban Sketchers, many of them for sale. 

The Art Pond and Pavilion
Photo courtesy of Visit London

Key times and meeting points


Entrance to the earth-sheltered Art Pavilion
Photo by Martin Stone

11 AM

We will meet outside the Art Pavilion, Mile End Park E3 4QY. The Pavilion is situated about seven minutes’ walk from Mile End Underground station.  

For details of the location and how to get there, see Practical Information below.

1 PM

We will meet again outside the Art Pavilion for the first throwdown.

3.30 PM

Meet at the same place for the final throwdown.

Afterwards

For those who would like to stay for a drink, a chat and maybe a sketch, the Tredegar Square area has several historic pubs. Recommended is the Morgan Arms, whose friendly staff have offered us a welcome drink and are looking forward to our visit. The Morgan Arms is at the junction of Morgan Street and Coborn Road, about seven minutes’ walk from the Art Pavilion.

The Morgan Arms
Sketch by Adam Jefford


Options for drawing


The towpath along Regent’s Canal

The towpath along the east side of Regent’s Canal features numerous houseboats, Victorian bridges, canal wildlife and a working lock. The west side comprises both Victorian and modern buildings.

Regent's Canal
Photo by Adam Jefford

Regent's Canal
Photo by Adam Jefford

Tredegar Square

A few minutes’ walk east of the Art Pavilion takes you to beautiful shady Georgian Tredegar Square, with gardens and mature trees in the centre. The square is surrounded by attractive Georgian terraces built in the 1830s and 1840s, similar to those found in Belgravia.

The Lord Tredegar Pub
Photo by Martin Stone

Mile End Park

This attractive 32-hectare linear park runs alongside Regent's Canal from Limehouse in the south up to the lower end of Victoria Park, with views across to the City of London and the towers at Canary Wharf. Designed with both people and wildlife in mind, the park is divided into zones for art, ecology, sports and children’s play, and its award winning Green Bridge serves as a 25m wide landscaped parkland crossing over Mile End Road for cyclists and pedestrians. 

View from Mile End Park
Photo by Adam Jefford

Practical Information

Facilities on site

There are numerous cafes and coffee shops around the junction of Grove Rd and Mile End Road. Recommended coffee shops along the short walk from Mile End Tube Station to the Art Pavilion are International Comrades Coffee Shop (Burdett Road) and The Coffee Room (Grove Rd). 

The Orange Room at 63 Burdett Road is a friendly Lebanese cafe/restaurant that does a good value mezze lunch.

The area is flat, with good pavements and paths throughout.

Toilets are available at the Art Pavilion and in local cafes and coffee shops. 

Regent's Canal
Photo by Adam Jefford

By public transport

Mile End Underground Station is on the District and Hammersmith & City lines. Connect at Whitechapel for the Elizabeth Line.

The 25, 250, 277 and 425 buses stop in Mile End Road. For their routes, locations of bus stops and real-time bus locations, please visit the Transport for London website.

By car

There is very little car parking near Mile End Park. The local streets operate a permit system for residents. Limited parking is available at Bow Wharf, to the north of the Art Pavilion.

COVID-19 visit information

We will remain alert to national guidance about COVID-19 and its variants. Even while restrictions have been lifted, it's sensible to take all necessary precautions to keep ourselves and fellow sketchers safe throughout the event. The risk of infection for outdoor events is low, but basic guidance still applies:

· Please do not attend if you feel unwell

· Wear a face covering when you're close to others

· Give people space

· Practice good hand hygiene.  

Location Map  

Key locations of the day are shown on the map below.

The day is led by Martin Stone and Adam Jefford.

See you at Mile End!

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Friday, 2 September 2022

London by Urban Sketchers - Open exhibition: Submission deadline 18 September!

Sketch by Isabel Carmona


As we approach the end of our 10th Birthday Year, it's time to showcase our work to the public and our friends and families 


Prepare your artwork for display at the

London by Urban Sketchers - Open Exhibition

at The Art Pavilion in Mile End Park 

8 - 16 October 2022

The Art Pavilion in Mile End Park
Photo courtesy of Visit London


What's the deadline?

We're accepting submissions until midnight (GMT) of Sunday 18 September 2022.
Once we've received your images, we will let you know by Tuesday 20 September 2022 if your work is selected.

Who can submit?

We welcome submissions from any sketcher in the UK or abroad who has drawn London on location in a way that meets the criteria of the Urban Sketchers Manifesto.



How do sketchers submit their artwork?

To submit your artwork for the exhibition, scroll down to the big red 'Exhibition submission form' button below. You will need to agree to our Terms and Conditions, which are set out below and included on the submission form.

Sketch by Ray Chan

What are we looking for?

We want to see a variety of sketches and paintings that tell a story of London.
Each person can submit up to four sketches. There is a hanging fee for each artwork selected: 
  • £5 for 1 picture
  • £9 for 2 pictures
  • £12 for 3 pictures 
  • £15 for 4 pictures.

Sketch by Lis Watkins

What if someone wants to buy my art?

Your art can be either for sale or NFS (Not For Sale) at the exhibition. Urban Sketchers London will process all sales during the exhibition, and will take a 10% commission on the price of each artwork sold (see our Terms and Conditions below). Please take our commission into account when setting your prices.

Here are our terms and conditions

  • For each artwork you submit, you must include the medium, size and sale price. If your form is not complete, we will not be able to display it or promote it.
  • Use the 'Exhibition submission form' button below to submit your images via our Google form. Alternatively, you can send us your images by email.
  • Urban Sketchers London will charge a commission of 10% for each artwork sold. Please take this into account when you price your artwork. Please also note our hanging fees listed below. 

If your artwork is selected, you agree to the following points

  • Deliver your work to us on the specified Receiving Day at the Exhibition venue:
        Mile End Art and Community Centre
        The Art Pavillion
        Mile End Park
        Clinton Road, London E3 4QY. 

  • Ensure your artwork is ready to display, complete with hanging cord for 2D work. 
  • Be sure your artwork is covered by insurance for any eventuality, from the moment you hand it in to the moment you collect it.
  • Pay your hanging fee (by cash or card) when you hand it in on Receiving Day. The fees are as follows:
        £5 for one picture
        £9 for 2 pictures
        £12 for 3 pictures
        £15 for 4 pictures.

  • Collect unsold work from the exhibition venue on the date and time specified in Exhibition Details.
  • If your artwork is sold we will notify you, and at the end of the exhibition we will send you instructions as to how to invoice Urban Sketchers London. There will be a small payment transaction fee for each sale -- we will deduct this fee before we calculate our 10% commission.   
  • You agree that Urban Sketchers London may use the images you sent us to promote the event, either in printed literature or on social media.

And this is what Urban Sketchers London will do for you
  • Display the selected artworks, curate the exhibition, open and steward the display during exhibition opening times, and process payments for the sale of all artworks
  • Respond in a timely manner to artists' queries about sales, and notify exhibitors when their artwork is sold.  

Would you like to be a volunteer steward? 

If you are willing to help steward the exhibition, feel free to send us a message by email. We would love to hear from you.

Here is the link for submissions 


Just click the button below to go to the submission form and submit your sketches. 
Google Form for Exhibition submission

Any questions?


If you have any questions, just drop us an email.

Sketch by Jane Cradock-Watson

See you at the exhibition!

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Monday, 22 August 2022

To remind: Let's draw Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens Saturday 27 August 2022

 * In case you missed our original blog post * 


The Serpentine Lake from the Serpentine Gallery
Sketch by Daniel Lloyd-Morgan
                    

In August we draw Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens


The buzz of our 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Weekend last month is settling, but the sketching continues! Come and join us in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens on Saturday 27 August.


There is no cost to join us on the day. Just turn up with your drawing kit.

For all the details, see the original blog post for this event.

See you at Hyde Park!




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Save the date! 8 - 16 October 

Urban Sketchers London 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition 

We're staging a 10-Year Anniversary Exhibition in October at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park. It will be free to the public and will feature activities for visitors, including demonstrations, sketchwalks and a large communal artwork that everyone can contribute to. The call for submissions will be announced closer to the time -- watch this blog and the Urban Sketchers London social media accounts for updates. Come join us at Mile End Park!

Follow Urban Sketchers London on Instagram and use the hashtag #urbansketcherslondon to have your drawings featured! 


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Saturday, 20 August 2022

Let's draw Chiswick Riverside - Saturday 24 September 2022

The Thames towards Hammersmith
Sketch by Helen Hayhoe

[Helen Hayhoe and Sam Mills write] 

In September we draw the Thames riverside around Chiswick Pier

This month's event is a collaboration between the Thames Festival Trust and Urban Sketchers London, hosted by the Chiswick Pier Trust. We are part of the Totally Thames Festival 2022, which brings a bonus to each organisation. 


The day is free of charge. You can book your free ticket as part of the Totally Thames Festival, or just turn up.




We have as our base Pier House, nestled on the towpath at Chiswick Pier. The Chiswick Pier Trust is generously providing a space with loos and access to a kettle, and a weatherproof space for each of our three throwdowns. Pier House itself has resources we can use, including some stools for sketching.

Pier House - Our meeting point

There are varied opportunities for sketching. Chiswick Pier is the location of several interesting houseboats. The view up and down the river is broad and breathtaking. A five minute walk takes you to Dukes Meadows, a bio-diverse mix of riverside towpath, woodland and open meadow. At its heart is The Dukes Meadows Bandstand, which provides both an interesting subject and shelter if needed. The whole area has terracing with convenient seating.

Key times and meeting points

11 AM

Meet at the Pier House, Corney Reach Way, Chiswick, London W4 2UG.

This is situated on the towpath next to Chiswick Pier. Pier House is about 15 minutes' walk from Barnes Bridge and from Chiswick Stations. A large room will be available to us, with light refreshments and loos. You will spot the RNLI lifeboat station above the building; our entrance is on the ground floor. We will meet outside if the weather is fine.

For details of the location and how to get there, see Practical Information below.

1 PM

Meet again inside Pier House for a spacious and weatherproof throwdown venue.

3.30 PM

Meet at the same place for the final throwdown.

Afterwards

For those who would like to stay on for a drink and chat (and to sketch!) the Barnes Riverside offers several pubs, including The White Hart, just over the railway bridge by Barnes Bridge Station.

Pre-visit activities

One of the aims of the collaboration with the Thames Festival Trust is to engage people with the riverside, and sketching is a wonderful way to do this. Together we aim to provide people with information about urban sketching and how to start. To this end, on Tuesday 6th September at 7pm, the Festival is featuring our very own Mike Whalley in a live Zoom session, explaining all about urban sketching and what we do.

Book your free ticket to Mike’s introduction to urban sketching.

Mike Whalley of Urban Sketchers London will give
a free talk on 6 September -- book your place now!


Share the love on social media!

Our hashtags for the day are
#urbansketcherslondon and #totallythames
and if you tag the Thames Festival Trust as well, you can share your sketches more widely
@thamesfestivaltrust on Facebook and Instagram
@thamesfesttrust on Twitter. 

Options for drawing

The riverside at Chiswick Pier

The location at Chiswick Pier provides a wealth of variety. The pier itself hosts colourful houseboats and from here you can see panoramic views of the river towards Hammersmith in one direction and Mortlake in the other. 

Boat at Chiswick Pier
Photo by Helen Hayhoe

Dukes Meadows

A five minute walk takes you to Dukes Meadows, a mix of riverside towpath, woodland and open meadow. The Dukes Meadows Trust led the regeneration of the meadows to create a beautiful riverside park. Starting in 2000 the trust has raised over £1 million to create fabulous play areas, and has planted hedgerows, wildflower meadows and an orchard to increase the biodiversity of the park. Hailed as a model of sustainability, the Trust has established successful social enterprises that generate revenue to maintain the improvements made. Volunteers run the Trust and help maintain the park. At its heart is the Dukes Meadow Bandstand, which provides both an interesting subject and shelter if needed. The whole area has terracing with convenient seating overlooking the riverside.


Dukes Meadows
Photo by Helen Hayhoe


The Bandstand
Photo and sketch by Sam Mills

Barnes Bridge

Barnes Bridge is a 15 minute walk away on the other side of Dukes Meadows. Architecturally splendid, it also boasts some great graffiti and a fabulous view. There are some distinctive houses across the river, and a stroll across the bridge reveals another stunning perspective.


Graffiti on Barnes Bridge
Photo by Helen Hayhoe

Practical information

By public transport

Chiswick and Barnes Bridge Railway stations are each about a 15 minute walk from Pier House. The stations are on the Hounslow/Weybridge to Waterloo line. For departure and arrival times, please visit Southwest Trains. 

The E3 and 190 buses stop close by on the A316. For their routes, locations of bus stops and real-time bus locations, please visit the E3 and 190 bus timetables on the Transport for London website.

By car

Chiswick Pier and The Pier House are in Corney Reach Way, off the roundabout at the end of Corney Road and Edensor Road, Chiswick. The Pier House entrance faces onto the riverside piazza. The site of what used to be Pissarro’s restaurant is immediately next door upstream along the riverside walkway.

There is little parking at Pier House, but there are parking bays at Dukes Meadows on Riverside Drive, and there are parking bays opposite the riverfront on The Promenade.

Facilities on site

There will be light refreshments (a kettle and some biscuits) available at Pier House itself. On the riverside towards Dukes Meadows there is a little cafe, and the pubs and cafes of Barnes are over the railway bridge.

The area is flat and has good paths throughout. Barnes Bridge is only accessible via steps, though a new walkway around the base of the bridge on the Chiswick side will extend the accessible path.

Toilets are available at Pier House.

COVID-19 visit information

We will remain alert to national guidance about COVID-19 and its variants. Even while restrictions have been lifted, it's sensible to take all necessary precautions to keep ourselves and fellow sketchers safe throughout the event. The risk of infection for outdoor events is low, but basic guidance still applies:

· Please do not attend if you feel unwell

· Wear a face covering when you're close to others

· Give people space, and 

· Practice good hand hygiene. 

Location Map 


Key locations of the day are shown on the map below.


See you at Chiswick Pier!


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Save the date! 8 - 16 October 
Urban Sketchers London 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition 

We're staging a 10-Year Anniversary Exhibition in October at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park. It will be free to the public and will feature activities for visitors, including demonstrations, sketchwalks and a large communal artwork that everyone can contribute to. The call for submissions will be announced closer to the time -- watch this blog and the Urban Sketchers London social media accounts for updates. Come join us at Mile End Park!

Follow Urban Sketchers London on Instagram and use the hashtag #urbansketcherslondon to have your drawings featured! 


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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Let’s draw Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens - Saturday 27 August 2022


The Albert Memorial
Sketch by Joe Bean


[by Sasala Wickramasinghe]

In August we draw Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens 

The buzz of our 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Weekend last month is settling, but the sketching continues! Come and join us in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in August.  


Hyde Park is the largest of the four Royal Parks. Together with Kensington Gardens, it covers 625 acres, set right in the heart of London. 

There is no cost to join us on the day. Just turn up with your drawing kit.


The Serpentine Lake from the Serpentine Gallery
Sketch by Daniel Lloyd-Morgan
                    

Key times and meeting points


11 am

We will meet just outside the gates of the Serpentine North Gallery (see image below). In case of rain, there is some shelter inside by the cafe on the left. 

The Serpentine North Gallery

1 pm

Our first 'throwdown' and group photo will be outside the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, by the glass-fronted area facing the lake (see image below). 

The Serpentine Bar & Kitchen

3.30 pm

Our final throwdown will take place at the same location by the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen. 


Afterwards
We can go to the Rose & Crown pub (see location map) for a drink afterwards. With cafes and bars around Hyde Park, there are many other options for anyone who wants to explore further.

More information and ideas for sketching


Serpentine Galleries 
Both the North and South Galleries are open and free to visit. For more information, see What's On

Memorials, fountains and statues
Nineteen fountains, memorials and statues are spread out across the park, including the Diana Memorial Fountain, the Holocaust Memorial, the Hyde Park Bandstand, and the Hudson Memorial Bird Sanctuary.

The Royal Artillery Memorial
Sketch by John Swanson 

Speakers’ Corner
Speakers' Corner is located on the north-east edge of Hyde Park, nearest Marble Arch and Oxford Street. Historic figures such as Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell were known to often use the area to demonstrate free speech. This may be an ideal spot for sketching people -- or you might like to exercise free speech yourself, as anyone can turn up unannounced to speak on any subject (as long as the police consider their speeches lawful). 

Speakers' Corner


The LookOut 
The LookOut Hyde Park is a unique eco-friendly building nestled within an acre of enclosed grounds in the park. 

Italian Gardens
A picturesque park near Lancaster Gate, with multiple carved historic pools, fountains, sculptures and walking paths.  

Kensington Gardens
On the western side of Hyde Park is Kensington Gardens. Options for sketching include the Peter Pan statue, The Albert Memorial and spectacular views of Kensington Palace across the Round Pond. 

Cafes and bars
Hyde Park has a variety of cafes, restaurants and refreshment kiosks, including Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, Serpentine Lido Café, and the Lodge Café.

Practical information


The Tube station nearest to our meeting point is Lancaster Gate (Central Line).  Marble Arch (Central Line) and Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line) are on the Northern and Eastern side of the park, respectively.

Hyde Park public toilets are located at the LookOut and the Lido (see map for locations). There are also toilets in the Serpentine Galleries and the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen.

Location map



See you at Hyde Park!




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Save the date! 8 - 16 October 

Urban Sketchers London 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition 

We're staging a 10-Year Anniversary Exhibition in October at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park. It will be free to the public and will feature activities for visitors, including demonstrations, sketchwalks and a large communal artwork that everyone can contribute to. The call for submissions will be announced closer to the time -- watch this blog and the Urban Sketchers London social media accounts for updates. Come join us at Mile End Park!

Follow Urban Sketchers London on Instagram and use the hashtag #urbansketcherslondon to have your drawings featured! 


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