The Absolute Beginners' Guide to Urban Sketching in the Northern Quarter

This event, hosted by Len Grant is perfect for anyone intrigued by urban sketching...

By NQ Manchester | June 9th '22

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Len Grant is a sketcher, writer and photographer who has documented much of Manchester’s regeneration over more than two decades. His many books and exhibitions cover the construction of architectural icons such as The Bridgewater Hall, The Lowry and the Imperial Ware Museum North, as well as neighbourhood renewal, particularly in east Manchester.

An advocate of ‘urban sketching’, Len has used his drawings to tell stories of people and places, with the publication of two sketching books; The Rusholme Sketcher and Mayfield Stories. He’s also now hosting a sketching workshop in the Northern Quarter which he hopes will help people “shake off those inhibitions and come and see what all the fuss is about.”

The Absolute Beginners’ Guide to Urban Sketching (in the Northern Quarter) will be taking place on Saturday 11th June, with Len starting the workshop with a short presentation on what urban sketching is all about and a preview of the morning’s activities.

When everyone is set you’ll then hit the streets and do a series of demonstrations and group exercises that’ll build up some techniques that will set you on the road to becoming an urban sketcher.

Len says: “This is a gentle step-by-step approach to putting pen to paper and building up the courage to go out there and capture the urban scene. You’ll soon be hooked.”


The Absolute Beginners’ Guide to Urban Sketching (in the Northern Quarter)

Date: Saturday 11th June
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £40

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