The London Sketchbook Challenge - Foyles’ interactive sketching project
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The London Sketchbook Challenge - Foyles’ interactive sketching project

Wednesday 23rd May 2012 9am - Sunday 12th August 2012 6pm 107 Charing Cross Road Free Event

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.

Submission start date - 23rd May 2012
Submission end date - 2nd August 2012

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 [email protected]

*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. Please check in advance if making a special trip.


Bank Summer


Wapping Crystal Palace


Above, top: Bank by Sarvenaz Keihani; second: Summer in St James's Park by Deborah Warner; third: Wapping by Holly Latham; fourth: Crystal Palace Overground Festival by Lis Watkins


Main image: Robert Louis Stevenson's House by Michael O'Brien



Sketching the city banner Part of the Foyles Sketching the City season. See the full programme here.





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