Thursday 10 April 2014

The hidden river

Now that the weather's getting milder, it feels like time to get out of the studio and do some outdoor drawing. That's the impulse I felt yesterday. But where? Selecting a location to draw when you have so much choice is difficult. I ended up deciding to explore a bit of North London's history that I hadn't yet visited - the New River Path in Islington.

The New River, if you don't know it yet, is fascinating. A man-made river, opened 401 years ago to bring fresh water from Hertfordshire to the rapidly expanding city, it winds its course through north London  suburbs into the heart of Islington, from where it was piped into the city itself. Much of the river's course from Haringey inwards is now covered over and the river is piped below busy streets and housing estates. But there are stretches still running at the surface, and in Islington one such stretch has become a delightful local amenity, the New River Path. I had a pleasant afternoon sitting by the riverside, listening to ducks, answering schoolchildren's questions, and drawing...


Timberyard Private View Tonight - for London Urban Sketchers Exhibition

The venue for the 3rd exhibition - Timberyard Old Street
You are invited to join London Urban Sketchers this evening!

AT: PRIVATE VIEW of works for the 3rd exhibition of London Urban Sketchers 

VENUE: Timberyard, 61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW

BETWEEN: 6-8pm

Exhibitors include:
  • Architects Thomas Corrie and Isabelle Lalibert√©
  • James Hobbs, freelance editor and author of Sketch Your World
  • Katherine Tyrrell, who has a book about drawing published later this year
  • Digital designer Zhenia Vasiliev
  • Graphic designer Jhih-Ren Shih
This is a video of part of the exhibition being hung.

The show continues until 30 June and follows the second exhibition by different members of London's Urban Sketchers at the Seven Dials brand of Timberyard branch earlier this year.  
61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW
61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW
61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW
61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW
61-67 Old Street, London EC1V 9HW