Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The London Sketchbook Challenge - Call for Entries

The legendary bookshop Foyles is having a summer season of exhibitions devoted to Sketching the City of London.  London is, of course, expecting a few more visitors this summer!

This post is about a chance for anybody who has sketched in London to have their work included in an exhibition about Sketching London!

A Foyles Summer Season of Exhibitions devoted to Sketching the City
The Art of Urban Sketching

Next week, Foyles Gallery on the 3rd floor of their flagship bookshop at 113-119 Charing Cross Road will be devoted to an exhibition about The Art of Urban Sketching.  The exhibition includes extracts from the book by Gabi Campanario and members of Urban Sketchers all over the world - plus sketches by correspondents for Urban Sketchers London - see The Art of Urban Sketching - at Foyles in London on my sketchbook blog.

Which means you'll be able to see a larger version of some of my sketches! :)

However if YOU too would like to have one or more of your sketches included in the subsequent exhibition - this is what you have to do.

The London Sketchbook Challenge

Foyles' next exhibition is one which is being specially created in response to the London Sketchbook challenge.  The work it will include will be created by those who currently sketch in London.
This exhibition aims to create a vision of London by those who know it best - you. As London builds up to the Games this summer all eyes will be focussed on the city, with an influx of new visitors discovering its well-trodden streets and a transformation that may or may not feel like the London you know and love. We want to capture the real London - that melting pot of different cultures, traditions, residents and visitors who make it what it is - by transforming the Gallery into a vast, walk-in sketchbook.

This is where you come in - we're asking you to submit as many of your own personal sketches of the capital as possible - not just skylines and monuments, but the hidden corners, the secret hideaways that make London yours. They can be drawings, paintings, collages or even poetry, we just ask that entrants comply with the requirements below.* We will then collage the walls with as much of your work as possible, and will select and frame some of our favourite examples to showcase in the space.
You can read the details requirements on the Sketching the City page on the Foyles website

  • All work must be two-dimensional and must not exceed A4 in size
  • Sketches should be done on paper or light card that is easy to display
  • Media: drawings, paintings, collages or even poetry
  • delivery of sketches: 23rd of May 2012 and the 9th of August 2012
  • exhibition in Foyles Gallery: 27th July - 12th August 2012 (Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5pm and Sunday 11.30am - 6pm).  The Gallery may be closed when instore events and meetings are taking place
  • Deadline: 9th August 2012
  • Sketches of London should be left at one of the designated drop-off points on the ground floor of Foyles Charing Cross Road
  • or email them to
  • There is no guarantee that you will get your work back - and it's possible it may be damaged.
  • Exhibitors should be able collect their work from the Gallery on Monday 13 August between 10.30am and 5pm, but Foyles do not guarantee that work will be returned after the show.
  • Work will not be displayed if it does not comply with the size requirements or is deemed unsuitable to show
I'd suggest that if your work is in a sketchbook that you scan it and email them a file

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