Friday 10 May 2019

Evening sketching at the South Bank Centre - Wednesday 19 June 2019

Join us for early evening sketching (6pm-8pm) at the South Bank Centre and Festival Hall by London’s River Thames.  Explore the new South Bank Centre roof garden, sketch the surrounding buildings and views across the river, and people enjoying the facilities of this leading arts location.  We can also draw inside the Festival Hall, particularly if the weather is poor.
This event is free of charge, no need to book, just turn up with your art kit.

Where and when to meet:
6pm: Meet near the doors of the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room (see photograph above).  The roof garden is at the top of the bright yellow concrete staircase in the photograph. 
8pm: Meet at the roof garden (if the weather is good) or inside the Festival Hall at level 1 by the riverside terrace (if the weather is poor) to look at drawings done, and to take group photographs.
If the weather is good we could then stay for a drink at the roof garden bar, or go to the bar/cafe inside the Festival Hall if we prefer. 

Options for drawing include:

The new South Bank roof garden has planting, and views of the buildings in the area, including across the river.

The Festival Hall has interesting interiors, lots of opportunities for people watching, and views from its big windows, on several levels.

There are views from the Hungerford Bridge/Golden Jubilee footbridges.
The South Bank has restaurants, bars, planting, and public art.
Practical information: 
The nearest underground stations are Embankment, Charing Cross or Waterloo.  The Festival Hall and South Bank Centre has food and drink, and toilets.
The event is run by Jo Dungey and Zane Karklina


Save the dates for summer evening sketching

Save the dates for summer evening sketching in June, July and August this year.  We are planning three evenings for sketching by the river in London - central locations offering a choice of subjects.  Here are the dates for your diary, and more details will be published here soon.

Wednesday 19 June 2019
Draw at the South Bank Centre including the new roof garden, the river, surrounding buildings including the Festival Hall
Run by Jo Dungey and Zane Karklina
Wednesday 17 July 2019
Draw the Embankment area including Victoria Embankment Gardens, Whitehall Gardens, views from the Hungerford Bridge/Golden Jubilee Footbridges and Charing Cross Station
Run by John Webb and Gafung Wong
Wednesday 7 August 2019
Draw on the south bank of the River Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, including views of the Tower of London, the City skyline, City Hall, and Hay’s Galleria
Run by Lis Watkins and Jo Dungey

Details of these sketching events will appear on the blog and our Facebook group page soon so save the dates.  Events are free of charge, no need to book, just bring your own art kit.


Thursday 9 May 2019

Let's draw Richmond - Saturday 15 June 2019

Richmond Bridge by John Swanson

We will be meeting in the pretty town of Richmond in South West London, to explore the parks, river and urban landscapes. The day is free of charge, no need to book, just turn up with your art kit.

Red phone boxes on Richmond Green

Key times and meeting points for the day:

11am:  Meet by the red telephones on the corner of Richmond Green, by The Prince’s Head and Cricketers pubs. This is about a 10 minute walk from Richmond Station, see map link and directions at the end of the blog.  There is shelter under trees here.  If the weather is too wet, we will meet at the Cricketers pub. 

From here, you can disperse to the nearby riverside or to the many places of interest below. Please note that there will be a high tide in the early afternoon. Sometimes the riverside is submerged, which makes for great sketching!

1pm: Meet again at the red telephones to look at drawings done so far.

Choose one of the many local pubs or cafes for lunch

3.30pm: Meet at the same place meet again to compare final sketches and for a group photo.

Afterwards you are free to retire to a local pub or café.  There’s a great choice, though in high summer it could be crowded. The White Cross is a lovely pub.

Options for drawing include:

Richmond Riverside
Richmond Riverside:  Walk down Water Lane to find the river Thames. Capture the boats, working arches, the Bridge and the terrace. Tide Tables café is under the arches and is a great (if busy) place to pick up a coffee and a vegetarian lunch. You can sit outside overlooking the river, even if the riverside is flooded.
The Thames from Richmond by John Swanson
Richmond Palace: This remaining fragment of Henry the 7th’s palace includes the Tudor Royal Wardrobe (where household furnishings were stored), with an old arched entrance and a tiny tranquil green.

Richmond Palace Gateway by John Swanson

The Royal Wardrobe

The Richmond Foodies Market: The market operates on Saturdays on Heron Square adjacent to the Riverside. Great for capturing the bustle while picking up something tasty to eat.

Richmond Foodies Market

Hill Rise: This street becomes picturesque as it winds up away from the Odeon, including lots of cafes and individual shops.

Hill Rise
'The View': Walking about 10 minutes further up Hill Rise, you reach the view made famous by JWM Turner, with many benches and the Roebuck pub for refreshments.

The View from Richmond Hill

Richmond is an historic town with plenty of interesting places to draw. For more information visit:

Practical information:

Travel: Richmond has frequent trains from Waterloo via Clapham Junction, and is on the District Line. There are also many bus services. For people travelling in from outside London, Richmond is served by trains from Reading, but there are planned engineering works at Feltham that day that will mean some disruption. The services between Waterloo and Richmond won't be affected. Do check before travelling.
Directions to the red telephone boxes (initial meeting point): When you leave Richmond station, turn left, and keep going straight on, crossing the road once at the junction with Duke Street (keep the Itsu cafe on your left). Near the end of the main shopping street, just before House of Fraser, turn right down Golden Court. The meeting point is at the end of the lane.
Loos: House of Fraser and Marks and Spencer both have loos.

This day is run by Helen Hayhoe with the support of John Swanson and Nigel Gibson