One gloriously fine Saturday, I travelled up to Nottingham for an afternoon of urban-sketching. Organised by Drawing Escapes, the event was an open-call to creatives of any experience level, for a friendly and relaxed drawing day, merrily graced with Winter Sun.
Following a quick tour of Vintage store Hopkinsons beside the station, I headed over to Cobden Chambers for the main event. Located in Hockley, Nottingham’s edgy East-end, this creative hub makes a brilliant drawing venue. Set in a sun-trapped courtyard, the space embues an air of curated calm, similar to that of a Moroccan riad. It is home to Cobden Place artist studios, in addition to a number of simple yet beautiful boutiques, cafes and independent retailers.
Here, I spent the next few hours as part of a friendly, sketchbook-wielding collective, brought together by Drawing Escapes founder Martyn Blundell. As the light faded, we made our way over to Malt Cross, for a spot of indoor drawing and a tutorial, where we shared out work from the day. Between our small group and select number of drawing spots, we had amassed a curious variety of drawings, including architecture, graffiti, nature, people and textures. Over a drink (or two), we further enjoyed the opportunity to share and enthuse about whatever else we had in our sketchbooks (and in our heads), before making our respective journeys home.
Find out about Martyn’s next event by joining the Drawing Escapes Facebook Group. With any luck, the weather will be just as fine.