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Twilight Walk and Gawk Sketchcrawl: Gothic to Art Deco Architecture with Dr Jonathan Foyle & The Big Draw

  • Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections All Saints Manchester M15 6BH United Kingdom (map)

Spaces limited! | Buy Tickets here | Tickets include a Big Draw official ‘Drawn To Life’ A5 hardback sketchbook (generously donated Pink Pig) with drawing materials supplied by The Big Draw.

Tickets: Standard: £12.50 (includes drawing materials) | Concessions: £6 (students, seniors or under 18s)

Meet point: Outside Manchester Metropolitan Special Collections (Map) @ 17:30 | Sketchcrawl, led by Dr Jonathan Foyle begins at 18:15 after an exclusive introduction to the 'Ruskin's Manchester: "Devil's Darkness" to Beacon City' exhibition by it’s curator Dr Rachel Dickinson.

Join the team behind The John Ruskin Prize, visual literacy charity The Big Draw and architectural historian, broadcaster, artist, heritage site advocate and member of The John Ruskin Prize 2019 selection panel: Dr Jonathan Foyle for this drawn exploration of Manchester’s architectural gems!

Our multi-site sketch crawl will take in different aspects of the city's architectural landmarks in chronological order from Victorian Gothic to Art Deco with a brief intro to each while you sketch, including: The Portico Library, Manchester's present Town Hall, The John Ryland’s Library and Lutyens' Midland Bank.

Ruskin believed that drawing helps us see the world more clearly and makes us aware of it’s beauty and fragility. This sketchcrawl is for everyone interested in walking, gawking, Manchester, Gothic architecture, learning new things and meeting new people! The drawing is for those who love to do it as well as those who think they can’t!

Despite John Ruskin and Manchester getting off to a rocky start, troubled by the pollution and poor working conditions he found there in the 19th century, he would come to have a strong association with the city and influence the changes that took place to address such issues.

We hope after our sketchcrawl you’ll come to regard Manchester’s unique architecture with the same fondness that Ruskin viewed Venice!

About Dr Jonathan Foyle:

Dr Jonathan Foyle is quite obsessed by historic buildings. From an immersive career in conservation, research and curating, he is fortunate to have found ways to share many discoveries and insights into our ancestors’ experiences. He is an award-winning BBC broadcaster, writes regularly for the Financial Times Weekend, presents multi-media interpretations at fascinating historic sites, and has explained the wonders of the historic environment to audiences from America to Australia (but usually closer to Amersham). Author of two well-received monographs on cathedrals – Canterbury and Lincoln – he also draws a bit. You might come across him as Visiting Professor in Conservation at the University of Lincoln, or helping to bring old buildings to life as Director of the consultancy Built Heritage Ltd.

Please contact Rachel: rachel@thebigdraw.org if you have any questions regarding the accessibility of our sketchcrawl route.

Ruskin’s Manchester Map by: Michelle Shore Illustration. Image courtesy the artist.