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Sketching the City

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As seen on the Time Out London blogAs the capital builds up to the Games and an influx of new visitors discovers the city for the first time, we want to capture the real London - that melting pot of different cultures, traditions, residents and visitors who make it what it is. And while a bookshop consistently celebrates the written word, we also wanted to demonstrate the other ways you can express yourself with only a paper and pencil. We'll be hosting an array of sketching, illustration and design-based events and exhibitions that reflect not only the diversity of the capital, but also the incredible artistic talent to be found throughout the UK. From unique gallery shows to talks with renowned illustrators such as David Gentleman, drawing classes to bespoke puppet-making workshops, this summer Foyles Charing Cross Road transforms into a sanction for the sketch.

 

David Gentleman Exhibition

To celebrate the publication of London, You're Beautiful
(Part of the Foyles Sketching the City season)

7th - 20th June 2012
FREE Exhibition

Renowned illustrator and designer David Gentleman launches the Foyles Sketching the City season with this exhibition of prints from his new book London, You're Beautiful. Over the course of a year, David sought to capture each and every aspect of the capital in all its glory, producing a different sketch for every calendar day. The result is a beautiful and deeply-personal body of work ranging from the mysterious and murky depths of the tube to the sultry summer beauty of Hampstead Heath.

Venue: The Gallery at Foyles, Third Floor, Charing Cross Road

Opening Hours: 7th - 20th June 2012 (Mon - Sat 9.30am - 5pm, Sun 11.30am - 6pm)
*Please note that the Gallery may be closed when instore events and meetings are taking place so please check in advance if making a special trip.

 

Illustration Day at Foyles

A day of artist talks and workshops in the Gallery at Foyles
Simone Lia(Part of the Foyles Sketching the City season)

16th June 2012
Event

In this full day of demonstrations, talks and workshops, ticket holders will have the chance to meet and work alongside some of the illustration world's most inspirational and well-known names. Hear artist and designer David Gentleman discussing his distinguished career; make a collage with children's illustrator Mark Hearld; find out celebrated comic journalist Paul Gravett's take on 'The Pleasures of Reading Comics', plus much more. You'll leave the day with your own comic strip, mini collage and more.

  • 10.30am: Narrative life drawing with up-and-coming graphic novelist Karrie Fransman (in disguise, below right)
  • 11.30am: Renowned illustrator David Gentleman discusses his new book London, You're Beautiful and talks about his long and varied career
  • 12.30pm: Create your own mini collage masterpiece with celebrated collage artist Mark Hearld
  • 1.30pm: Lunch
  • 2.15pm: Create your own mini collage masterpiece with celebrated collage artist Mark Hearld
  • 3.15pm: Journalist, broadcaster and pivotal figure from the British indie comic scene Paul Gravett talks about 'The Pleasures of Reading Comics'
  • 4.15pm: Simone Lia (above right), author of comics such as Golden Lions, hosts a 'make a comic in an hour class'

 

Karrie FransmanVenue: The Gallery at Foyles, Third Floor, Charing Cross Road

Date and Time: 16th June 2012 (10am - 5.30pm)

Tickets: £8, concessions £6. Please visit our Illustration Day page to book a place for the whole day. Ticket holders will receive a complementary coffee and croissant from the Café at Foyles.

(Please note that your chargeable full-day ticket includes the talks and the workshops, including relevant materials, and space for these is limited. Additional seats are available for the talks by David Gentleman and Paul Gravett. If you wish to attend only these there is no charge, but please email events@foyles.co.uk and specify which talk(s) you would like to see.)

 

Monster London Exhibition

By Jonathan Edwards
(Part of the Foyles Sketching the City season)

25th June - 4th July 2012
FREE Exhibition

Illustrator Jonathan Edwards has already brought his unique blend of monster madness to The Guardian, The Black Eyed Peas and The Glastonbury Festival. Now for one week only he'll be taking over the Gallery at Foyles, painting monsterised versions of colourful London literary characters onto the Gallery walls. And if you visit the Gallery early in the week, you might even catch him hard at work...

Venue: The Gallery at Foyles, Third Floor, Charing Cross Road

Opening Hours: 25th June - 4th July 2012 (Mon - Sat 9.30am - 5pm, Sun 11.30am - 6pm)
*Please note that the Gallery may be closed when instore events and meetings are taking place so please check in advance if making a special trip.

 

Felt Monster Workshop

Make your own bespoke felt monster under the guidance of the Felt Mistress
(Part of the Foyles Sketching the City season)

30th June 2012 Felt monsters
Workshop

In this workshop, ticket holders will receive everything they need to start making their very own quirky character under the expert guidance of the Felt Mistress AKA Louise Evans. A former couture dress maker, Louise has brought her years of experience to the world of character design and has worked for Selfridges as well as having collaborated with artists including Jon Burgerman and Pete Fowler. This intimate workshop is the perfect opportunity for beginners and professionals alike who fancy an afternoon of stitching off the beaten track.

Venue: The Third Floor at Foyles, Charing Cross Road

Date and Time: 30th June (1pm - 5pm with a 30-minute break )

Tickets: £15. Please visit the Puppet Workshop page to book a place.

(NB: Children may be accompanied by 1 adult free of charge, although due to space restrictions we cannot accommodate additional parents/guardians).

 

Sketching the Games

The capital's schoolchildren sketch their vision of the Games
(Part of the Foyles Sketching the City season)

4th July - 12th August 2012
FREE Exhibition

As the greatest sporting show on earth hits the capital, Foyles have asked children from London's Lloyd Williamson School for their own artistic interpretation of the momentous occasion. Come along to the Café at Foyles and see for yourselves how the city's budding young artists have depicted the Olympic Games in an array of intimate, sometimes quirky, and often thought-provoking sketches.

Venue: The Café at Foyles, First Floor, Charing Cross Road

Opening Hours: 4th July - 12th August 2012 (Mon - Sat 9am - 9pm, Sun 10am - 6pm)
*Please note that due to the arrangement of the Café, viewing of the artwork may be restricted.

 

Sketch to the LimitsDrawing Project 3 From the book Drawing Projects
(Part of the Foyles Sketching the City season)

7th - 12th July 2012
FREE Exhibition

This Gallery exhibition demonstrates the visual potential that lies within the apparent simplicity of sketching. Tracing the development of Jack Southern and Mick Maslen's book Drawing Projects, professional artists and practitioners alike use simple lines to develop a unique visual language. The effects are often breath-taking and portray just what can be achieved when you pick up some paper and a pencil and allow your imagination to run wild.

Venue: The Gallery at Foyles, Third Floor, Charing Cross Road

Opening Hours: 7th - 12th July 2012 (Mon - Sat 9.30am - 5pm, Sun 11.30am - 6pm)
*Please note that the Gallery may be closed when instore events and meetings are taking place so please check in advance if making a special trip.

 

The Art of Urban Sketching

(Part of the Foyles Sketching the City season)

16th - 22nd July 2012 Bankside Shoreline
FREE Exhibition

In cities all around the world a silent sketching revolution is taking place. Countless artists, or 'correspondents', are picking up their sketchpads, pencils and paints and venturing out onto the streets to capture stories unfolding in real time - a reportage formerly reserved for the written word. The Urban Sketchers (USk) is a collective of artists based all over the globe who exchange work and ideas on the website www.urbansketchers.org, and the USk's London correspondents have combined prints from their new book The Art of Urban Spitalfields Sketching with original artwork to capture the capital this summer.

Venue: The Gallery at Foyles, Third Floor, Charing Cross Road

Opening Hours: 16th - 22nd July 2012 (Mon - Sat 9.30am - 5pm, Sun 11.30am - 6pm)
*Please note that the Gallery may be closed when instore events and meetings are taking place so please check in advance if making a special trip.

 

Images: top: Bankside Shoreline by Katherine Tyrrell; below: Spitalfields by James Hobbs

The London Sketchbook Challenge

Foyles' interactive sketching project
(Part of the Foyles Sketching the City season)

Submission start date - 23rd May 2012
Submission end date - 2nd August 2012
Final exhibition times
: 27th July - 12th August 2012 (Mon - Sat 9.30am - 5pm, Sun 11.30am - 6pm)

FREE Installation

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.

Venue: The Gallery at Foyles, Third Floor, Charing Cross Road

Final Exhibition Opening Hours: 27th July - 12th August 2012 (Mon - Sat 9.30am - 5pm, Sun 11.30am - 6pm)

  • Please leave your sketches of London at one of the designated drop-off points on the ground floor of Foyles Charing Cross Road between 23rd May 2012 and 2nd August 2012, or email them to gallery@foyles.co.uk
  • Work will then be displayed on the Gallery walls from the 27th July - 12th August 2012
  • Work must not exceed A4 in size, must be two-dimensional and done on paper or light card that is easy to display
  • Please note that Foyles cannot accept responsibility for the safety of any of the pieces displayed, nor can we guarantee that work will be returned afterwards
  • We cannot guarantee that work will be displayed. The Foyles' marketing department and management team maintain right of refusal when it comes to displaying work, and if work is deemed offensive or does not comply with size or material restrictions then it will not be shown.
  • * We aim to enable exhibitors to come into the Gallery and collect their work on Monday 13 August between 10.30am and 5pm, but cannot guarantee that work will be returned after the show.
  • Please note that the Gallery may be closed when instore events and meetings are taking place.

 

Open Sketchbook in the Café at Foyles

By Dimitri Dzneladze
Sketch by Dimitri Dzneladze(Part of the Foyles Sketching the City season)

15th - 26th August 2012
FREE Exhibition

For nigh on three years the Café at Foyles has had a secret artist in residence. Hidden amongst the cappuccino cups and stacks of newspapers, Dimitri Dzneladze has been drawing away, capturing the colourful characters who populate our Soho coffee house in his signature style. Now Dimitri reveals all in a fascinating show that transforms the Café into an incredible living sketchbook of his work. Our regular customers amongst may even spot themselves somewhere amidst the maze of pen and ink lines...

Venue
: The Café at Foyles, First Floor, Charing Cross Road

Opening Hours: 15th - 26th August 2012 (Mon - Sat 9am - 9pm, Sun 10am - 6pm)
*Please note that due to the arrangement of the Café, viewing of the artwork may be restricted.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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