Celebrating 30 years of mining history

Celebrating 30 years of mining history

Last weekend saw a milestone for the National Coal Mining Museum for England as it celebrated 30 years since it opened its doors. Originally called the Yorkshire Mining Museum it opened on the site of Caphouse Colliery in June 1988 and gained national status in 1995....
Leathers and Parkas in Sowerby Bridge

Leathers and Parkas in Sowerby Bridge

May Bank Holiday weekend saw the 5th Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge Classic Bike and Scooter Show. The amazing and it must be said unusual Bank Holiday weather brought out the crowds, don’t know how anyone in leathers didn’t melt. Finding something to draw wasn’t a...
Not a traffic jam, but a Classic Car Show

Not a traffic jam, but a Classic Car Show

Visited the Classic Car Show in Wakefield recently. I expected a few cars in front of the Cathedral. Boy was I in for a pleasant surprise. There were cars, trucks and bikes everywhere! The whole of the town centre. In fact as a sketcher it was quite a dilemma. What to...

One Drawing at a time: Salford and Manchester

Started 10 years ago by Gabriel Campanario, Urban Sketchers has gone on to become a global phenomenon, with chapters in virtually every country. The aim of Urban Sketchers is to draw on location, indoors and out, capturing what we see from direct observation and...
Sketching ‘The Living War Memorial’.

Sketching ‘The Living War Memorial’.

One of the more memorable sketch crawls from 2017 was when Yorkshire Urban Sketchers joined with local people and artists on Western Road to sketch the trees under threat of being chopped down as part of Sheffield council’s controversial city wide action on so called...
Last Stand for the South Stand

Last Stand for the South Stand

Friday the 18th August, Leeds Rhinos versus Saint Helens, saw the last Rugby League match to be played in front of the historic South Stand. First opened in 1931 the South Stand has been the backdrop to many a memorable game and magical performances by the greats of...
Bradford Classic Car Show

Bradford Classic Car Show

Last weekend saw the 11th Bradford Classic Car Show in Bradford City Park. It was my first visit to an event there and I was suitably impressed. What a great asset for the city. The crowds turned out, the weather stayed fine and we were spoilt for subjects to sketch...
Sketching Cliffe Castle

Sketching Cliffe Castle

Sketchers were out in force at Cliffe Castle last Sunday. Not only were Urban Sketchers Yorkshire there, but in the afternoon artists from Sketch That also made an appearance. Originally the home of Henry Isaac Butterfield the imposing building was completed in the...
Howard Hodgkin: Painting India

Howard Hodgkin: Painting India

Last Friday evening I attended the opening party of the Howard Hodgkin exhibition at the Hepworth Wakefield. The exhibition features over 35 works painted over a career lasting 50 years. Regarded as one of Britain’s leading contemporary painters, the works explore his...
A first for Birmingham

A first for Birmingham

The first ever USK UK Get Together took place in Birmingham from the 9th to the 11th June to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the  global phenomenon that is Urban Sketchers. We draw on location showing our world one drawing at a time and Tessa Daley was the person...