Harborne Art Gallery’s latest exhibition features works from the Birmingham Urban Sketchers Group

The Harborne Art Gallery, located within Frametec in Harborne, will be hosting an exhibition featuring works created by artists from the Birmingham Urban Sketchers Group. The exhibition runs from 16th October until 24th December.

The Birmingham Urban Sketchers are part of a global community of Urban Sketchers who share their experience of drawing on location in cities all over the world. The group promotes each individual’s unique perspective in capturing the world around them by sketching direct from life. Around the same time that Urban Sketchers formed, a group of likeminded artists started ‘SketchCrawl’. The idea was to ‘crawl’ from one destination to another while drawing and painting at various points along the way. Today SketchCrawls are organised across the world, and are often co-ordinated to take place on the same day enabling the urban sketchers community to feel totally connected with each other. The Urban Sketchers community encourage and inspire members to create visual records of their surroundings with the motto ‘see the world one drawing at a time’.

Birmingham Urban Sketchers will be exhibiting a selection of sketches drawn over the past two years of the group’s existence showing the wide diversity of interpretations that artists put on the same subject. All subjects will be taken from views in and around Birmingham. As well as the framed original images that are for sale, there will also be a selection of sketchbooks for visitors to browse through. These show the passion each artist has for their environment.

Artists featured at the Harborne Art Gallery exhibition include Wayne Attwood who has been resident artist at Grand Central Station documenting its progress through art. Some of his sketches are on show in the exhibition and for sale. Wayne is also planning his own exhibition relating to his observations in the New Year.

Also featured are a selection of Saranjit Birdi’s sketches. Saranjit recently completed a Master’s degree at one of the UK’s top two Arts colleges, Goldsmiths in London. He experiments with drawing with various parts of his body. These include both hands, feet, elbows and armpits, and Saranjit is interested in working with people who have disabilities to help them explore using other parts of their bodies to do things again that they can no longer do.

Other artists include Brian Steventon RBSA and Xiaomei Griffiths RBSA.

Peter Frith comments:

The Birmingham Urban Sketchers exhibition promises to be a very interesting exhibition with studies of interiors as well as architectural and landscape compositions on view. The diversity of subjects and styles are quite incredible. I look forward to seeing what kind of responses the works get from visitors and I wish everyone a warm welcome to the Gallery.



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