Urban Sketchers symposium captured on film

OVER 500 sketchers from around the world converged on the School of Art’s award-winning Benzie building to take part in the 7th Annual Urban Sketchers Symposium, which is dedicated to fostering the practice of on-location observational sketching.

The symposium was designed so that participants could explore Manchester and sketch in the company of a tutor, or take part in more structured sessions within the Benzie building. From ‘Sketching with Dry Twig and Ink’ to ‘How to Sketch a Musical City’, all aspects of the art were explored and enjoyed.

Many of the sketchers also stayed in Manchester Met’s Townhouses at Birley, which meant they were five minutes’ walk from the Symposium Hub.

“Student accommodation is a blast! Where can I sign in to study here?” commented one delegate on Facebook, and similarly positive feedback came from many of the other delegates.

London artist Lis Watkins (@lineandwash) even managed to get our state of the art classroom technology in on the act!

The event culminated in a party in Benzie on Saturday night, with delegates and friends celebrating the success of the symposium along with local carnival band Cacophany Arkestra. There was also a charity auction of many of the works created during the event.

The event was a great success and Symposium organiser Simone Ridyard, who is a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Interior Design course, was delighted with the support she received for the event. “The Conference and Events Team have a wealth of event-planning knowledge and have brought a level of operational understanding and expertise to the symposium planning which I couldn’t have done without them. Their input has been invaluable.”

For more information about hosting conferences and events at Manchester Met contact the team on 0161 247 1565 or venues@mmu.ac.uk, or visit the website: mmu.ac.uk/venues.