St. Peter’s Square, Manchester

I’ve finally received the digital files for a commisison I did a couple of months ago. The drawings were for the marketing suite of a prestigious new office building in Manchester city centre (One St. Peter’s Square: developer Argent, architect Glenn Howells), and it was decided that the artwork would be in the style of […]

USk Yorkshire in Castlefield, Manchester

Writing up this month’s outing in Buxton made me realise I forgot to post my sketches from USk Yorkshire’s June meeting in Manchester. It rained (you’re seeing a pattern now, I guess..?). I had to shelter under a grotty old railway arch to get this painting, but it was worth it. I just loved all that […]

Manchester Sketchers draw at the Big Green Happening

Urban Sketchers Manchester were invited to sketch at the ‘Big Green Happening’ festival in Manchester yesterday. It was at St Clement’s church, which is in Chorlton – a leafy cosmopolitan south Manchester suburb, and the event was about promoting sustainability and a greener way of life. Lots of really interesting eco-businness in attendance including quirky […]

By the Canal in Manchester

[By Lynne Chapman in Manchester, UK]  I was invited to run a SketchCrawl in Manchester last weekend. We were drawing indoors at the Science Museum, but it was a lovely day, so we did a quickie outside. There’s a great area nearby, where several road and rail bridges cross the canal. Lots of lovely shapes […]

Piccadilly Station, Manchester

main concourse platform 10 Last week the Manchester Urban Sketching group met at Piccadilly Station on a very busy Sunday afternoon. Fabulous turnout…at least 28 counted, including regular and new sketchers, and great that some Sketchcrawl North folk joined us. I concentrated on 2 drawings; one on a platform and one in the distractingly busy […]

The BBC Philharmonic, Rehearsal, Salford Quays.

I was pleased to have the opportunity to sketch this orchestra over a couple of days. They’re based in Media City UK on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford. The BBC’s move marked a large-scale decentralisation from London, and the North of England has profited from this. It took at least the […]

Sketching at Manchester City Art Gallery

view from  atrium looking towards St Peter’s Square  Yesterday we met at Manchester City Art Gallery. Our first sketching session post radio interview and we had a fabulous turnout of over 30 people! Lots to draw and great to see such enthusiasm with urban sketching especially from new attendees. I braved the weather for the […]

The White Lion, Castlefield, Manchester

The White Lion has its beer garden within the crumbling walls of an old Roman settlement. The original garrison was probably populated by legionaries from Spain and Romania, and it must have seemed a very dark, cold and damp outpost at the very edge of the Roman Empire… Castlefield was simply known as ‘the castle […]