Trinity Buoy Wharf 07/06/2015


12:30  Meet outside Fatboys Diner, then draw
15:00  Review sketches outside Fatboys
15:20  Retire locally for refreshments

Our return to Trinity Buoy Wharf offers the rare opportunity  to draw on the northern bank of the Thames. The fabulous views across the river towards Greenwich take in the Millenium Dome, the City and Canary Wharf.

The vibe at Trinity Buoy creeps up slowly on you the more you draw – the layered histories of the Michael Faraday workshop – birthplace of the electric motor – remain here above the Chain and Buoy store, alongside London’s only lighthouse. There is no better place to practice perspective drawing than Container City –  the studio and office complex designed from re-cycled shipping containers, and the new Clipper House, recycled form the 2012 Olympic Park Broadcasting Studios.

Eat in Fat Boy’s Diner – the authentic chromium coach diner serving 1940s American classic food -Come and enjoy some time where merchant and naval seamen, dockers and doxies, pirates, privateers and all manner of salty seadogs have walked and worked before us.

Image credit: © Copyright Christine Matthews and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Little Venice and Paddington Basin 26/04/2015


Little Venice and Paddington Basin – Sunday 26th

Meet    11:00 am at Sheldon Square London W2 6EP
Meet    Back at Sheldon Square near Zizzi’s at 1:00 to show and tell, then into a nearby bar for the swift drink

The grace and the grit of Little Venice, stamping ground of Joan Collins, Alan Turing, Obi-Wan Kenobi (actor Alec Guinness) & Joe Strummer before us.

……the Victorian elegance of the houses along the Regent’s Canal, the Westway passing from Notting Hill on its way into West End, the picturesque canal boats and characters in the heart of Paddington basin. Cafes and bars line the way. They have outdoor seats so you can drink, and draw, and be bohemian. Perfect Sunday material.

Photo credit: © Copyright Adrian Scottow under the following license

The Southbank – Festival Hall 17/03/2015

The Southbank – Festival Hall, SE1 8XX
Tuesday 17th March – St Patrick’s Day

18.30  Meet outside the river entrance to Festival Hall
18.40  Sketch…
20.40  Meet back inside Festival Hall for a review of drawings and a well-deserved Guinness at the bar

Drawing on the Southbank at early evening is the sketcher’s dream gig…
Wander along the fabulous nocturnal river and you are in sight of the icons of London: Parliament; The London Eye; Waterloo Bridge; The National Film Theatre. The Festival Hall has a plethora of free treats – there is a large and interesting bar, (free) river and Embankment views from the 2nd floor bar and balconies. And in bad weather there are loads of restaurants and bars, skateboarders under the concrete bunkers, and all those St. Patrick’s Day revelers – drunk as skunks – making a spectacle of themselves.
See you there.

Photo credit: © Copyright Stéphane Goldstein under the following license Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic


Tate Modern 13/02/2015


18.50  Meet in Turbine Hall draw in the galleries.
20.50  Review sketches back at the Turbine Hall
21:00  Retire to The Founder’s Arms, SE19 9JH for refreshment

Friday late at Britain’s national gallery of international modern art. Set within Giles Gilbert Scott’s original Bankside Power Station; experience the scale and spectacle of the old building’s transformation into the most-visited modern art gallery in the world. Sketch the fantastic nocturnal views of St Paul’s Cathedral, inspirational interiors and unsuspecting visitors. No previous experience needed.
See you there.

Photo credit: © Copyright Peter Church and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

SKETCHMOB Friday Nov. 28. 6:45 – 8:45

V&A Mob
Victoria & Albert Museum Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL
Our seasonal end of year drawing session at the worlds greatest design museum. Meet between 6:30 – 6:45 at the right of the main reception desk, main entrance, Cromwell Road. Have a sketchbook in your hand so we know you are with us. Ian Wale  will be leading the session. Drawing review at 8:45 then on for a quick drink at the Bunch of Grapes pub, 207 Cromwell Road.
Bring mates; all welcome, all free. Next year’s complete SKETCHMOB calendar will be on the web-site from the second week of January.

Sketchmob in Venice – SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER 2014


The next Milanese Sketchmob will actually be in Venice! For whoever wants to visit the Architecture Biennale and mingle with actual Venetian architects too.

We will meet Saturday 18 october 2014 at 2.30PM in front of the Moleskine store in Venice’s Santa Lucia railway station.
The first 150 participants will receive a free drawing kit..
Depending on the weather, we will go to the Santa Fosca or Giudecca.

We will also get an aperitivo at Vino-Vero in Fondamenta della Misericordia.

Please register on

Sketchmob Milan – CASA DI RECLUSIONE


WHEN? TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014 16:00 to 20:00
Pre-registration is required for safety reasons. Please bring your proof of identity.
BY: Stefan Davidovici, Irina Suteu Alterstudio and Partners

Please click here for more information.

Trinity Buoy Wharf Sunday 22 June 12:45 – 4:00


Trinity Buoy Wharf is a vibrant mix of futurism and rare industrial history.  The Thameside location where all the buoys and markers for the River Thames were once made and repaired, it is now home of container city; an installation of shipping containers; repurposed into artists’ studios, offices and a riverside café. It is also the location of the lighthouse (and it is still here) where Victorian scientist Michael Faraday, experimented with the conduction of electricity in 1863.

The ENO make all their props there, the Princes Drawing School have their Foundation Year Art School there. Add to this the Parkour Academy and the 40’s food joint FatBoy’s Diner and the fleet of Thames Clippers, based here – at one of London’s longest piers, stunning views of the river and the Millennium dome and you have a sketchers dream location. We owe a huge thanks to John Burton and the staff at TBW for offering us this unique opportunity to sketch at the site.

Gather for a swift tour of the site at 12:45 then we sketch from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. If you are new to Sketchmob make sure to register now and you will be invited to all future events. Then you just pitch up with a sketchbook. All free, all welcome

The Chelsea Fringe at The Geffrye Museum Sat 17th May 12:00 -1:15

The Chelsea Fringe at The Geffrye Museum
136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London E28EA

Saturday 17th May
12:00 -1:15

We will be Sketchmobbing in the grounds of The Geffrye Museum as part of The Chelsea Fringe; an alternative gardening festival that pops up all over London and further afield at this time of year. With access to the fantastic gardens and giant plant filled tea bowl installations of The Chelsea Fringe it promises to be a great trip out. The Geffrye Museum houses a permanent display of eleven period rooms which span from around 1600 to the present day, with award winning herb and period gardens. This is a great opportunity to practice drawing people, plants and the landscape.

Meet Bidisha outside the museum by the Chelsea Fringe sign, sketch in the grounds. Meet back with Bidisha at 1:15 to look at what you have drawn.

N.B. If this event proves extremely popular, we will arrange one group to attend at 12.00 and then a second group at 13.00.

Get there from Old Street tube (15 minute walk) of Hoxton Station overground
(directly behind the museum)