Urban Sketchers Southampton draw on 50th Anniversary of the City for exhibition

Southampton Solent University is sponsoring an exhibition in the Southampton City Art Gallery Foyer.  The exhibition features work by the Urban Sketchers Southampton Group which has been created in celebration of the City’s 50thAnniversary.  It opens on Saturday 28 March and will be on display until 13 June 2015.

Peter Lloyd, Head of the School of Art and Design at Southampton Solent says: “As a University we are delighted to support this project which is enabling local people to make their own contribution to the celebrations through art.  Peter Jarvis, Senior Lecturer in Drawing and Illustration has given a lot of time to this project, particularly in helping put the exhibition together and one of our students, Barns Furr, has designed a poster.”

The Urban Sketchers Southampton Group was set up in February 2014, on a volunteer not for profit basis, to enable local people to contribute to the City celebrations.  They sketch on location the people, places and buildings that make the City of Southampton such an interesting and distinctive place to live and work and, at the same time, encourage people to take pride in their city and celebrate its unique maritime cityscape.

The group meets once a month, generally on a Saturday morning, for a ‘sketch crawl’ and they are joined occasionally by urban sketchers from other cities and countries. 

Although meetings usually comprise between 10 and 20 individuals, there are now more than 160 members from all over the world connected through the group’s Facebook site and new members are always welcome.  For further information, or to connect, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/usk.southampton

Southampton City Art Gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm and on Saturdays 10am to 5pm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE MEDIA OFFICE ON 023 8201 3098 or press.office@solent.ac.uk

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As a University we are delighted to support this project which is enabling local people to make their own contribution to the celebrations through art.
Peter Lloyd, Head of the School of Art and Design at Southampton Solent University