Let's Draw London in 2017

Welcome to our sketchcrawl schedule for 2017

You don't need to pay, you don't need to book -- just bring your own sketching kit and we'll see you there

This is our provisional programme for the year. We will post more details for each sketchcrawl -- including meeting times and locations -- a few weeks in advance of each event. And if anything changes, we will publish amendments here, too. This programme is brought to you by Jo Dungey and Lis Watkins.  

Lindsay Topping
Saturday 21 January 2017
Organisers: Isabel Carmona with Dionisa Joseph Mattam
We start the year with a contemporary subject - Tate Modern. On the South Bank, opposite St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern opened a new extension in June 2016, designed by Herzog and de Meuron. Draw the collection, the public spaces and views over London.

Saturday 25 February
Organisers: Olga Mackness with Lis Watkins 
Our February event is based at the Barbican Arts Centre in the City of London. This offers a chance to draw interior and exterior views, and visitors involved in the activities of the Centre. We could also venture out to draw the City, old and new, and the Museum of London is nearby.

Saturday 25 March
Organisers: Nick Richards with Jo Dungey
This month we head for Forest Hill, South London, to the Horniman Museum and Gardens. The museum was designed by Charles Harrison Townsend in the Arts and Crafts style, and it has several interesting more recent buildings. There are extensive gardens with views over London, and a small city farm including alpaca and sheep. Inside, the collections include natural history, musical instruments of the world, and an aquarium.

Saturday 29 April 
Organisers: Elizabeth Blunt with Daniel Lloyd-Morgan
We visit Alexandra Palace in North London, a dramatic Victorian building. This is set in parkland with panoramic views.  We can draw the building inside and out, including an indoor skating rink, and the Palm Court with sphinxes. The park includes a boating lake and sports facilities.

Saturday 20 May
Organisers: Evelyn Rowland with Nicky Browne
Sloane Square in Chelsea provides our focus in May. This area offers a mix of historic buildings, including churches, shops, statues and the Royal Court theatre. The Saatchi Gallery and Duke of York Square are nearby and there is often a farmers’ market.

Saturday 17 June
Organisers: Jo Dungey with Gafung Wong

This day will be focused on two locations: Charterhouse Square and neighbouring Clerkenwell. In Charterhouse Square is the Charterhouse, an ancient former monastery and chapel, which has very recently been partly open to the public, with a new museum. Clerkenwell is an interesting neighbourhood, with a mix of old and new buildings and a concentration of design professions. We will visit the st john's Gate and museum, including its beautiful Cloister Garden.  

Saturday 15 July
Organisers: Helen Hayhoe and John Webb
In July we spend a summer’s day by the river at Richmond, in West London. This offers elegant terraced streets, a view of the river painted by Turner, historic buildings, boats and bridges.

Saturday 19 August
Organisers: Jo Dungey with Nicky Browne
This month we visit Hyde Park.  Each year the Serpentine Galleries commission a temporary summer pavilion by a contemporary architect, which we could draw.  Other options are park views, the boating lake, the Italian Gardens, summer visitors, and sculptures old and new.  The Albert Memorial and Royal Albert Hall are nearby.

Saturday 9 September
Organisers: Dougie Simpson with Jo Dungey
In September, we explore Highgate, including Waterlow Park, the newly renovated Lauderdale House, and Highgate Cemetery, perhaps the most famous of London’s Victorian cemeteries.

Saturday 14 October
Organisers: Cathryn Worrell with Daniel Lloyd-Morgan
We visit Spitalfields in October, where the Spitalfields Market is a modern redevelopment in a historic area. Nearby, Christ Church is a Hawksmoor masterpiece surrounded by Georgian houses.

Saturday 11 November = PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE =
Organisers: Isabel Carmona with John Swanson
This sketchcrawl is part of a 24-hour worldwide event to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of Urban Sketchers. We'll draw Kennington, exploring the area around Kennington Road, South London, including the Imperial War MuseumCleaver Square and the Newport Street Gallery.

Saturday 9 December 2017
Organisers: Lis Watkins with Philip Stones
We end the year at the Kensington museums – the Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. There is also usually an ice rink outside the Natural History Museum.

Thank you for a brilliant year drawing London with us!


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