Saturday, 22 November 2014

View from London's lighthouse


Last Sunday's sketchcrawl around Trinity Buoy Wharf in Docklands was an eye-opener for me. I'd never been there before – the wharf sits across the river from the O2 Arena and is stacked with history. The event, with the Campaign for Drawing, the Dining Room Drawing Club and Independent Art School, merged heritage, water and new developments. It was great to meet new people and those I'd only known online before. This is one view from the top of the lighthouse.
An exhibition of drawings by shortlisted artists in the John Ruskin Prize 2014 continues at the Electrician's Shop Gallery there until 30 November. Thanks to the Campaign for Drawing for asking us.


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Friday, 21 November 2014

Trinity Buoy Wharf, well, almost

From East India Dock, E14

Having chosen to take the scenic route, which meant my walk was twice as long, I was rewarded by a lovely misty view of the cable cars. Things are so much more magical when you can't see them properly. I'm glad I got this done before joining the rest of the Urban Sketchers and Campaign for Drawing-ers as I didn't pick my pencil up again for the rest of the day. Rain dampens my spirits.
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Saturday, 15 November 2014

What to see and sketch on Sunday at Trinity Buoy Wharf

Urban Sketchers London is participating in Draw Britain Now - a big drawing event on Sunday 16th November 2014 at Trinity Buoy Wharf - between 12 and 4pm.

Trinity Buoy Wharf is on the western side of the mouth of the River Lee (where the boats are - bottom right)
Opposite the O2 in the image below
Click to see an even larger picture

Anybody can come along and do a sketchcrawl with Urban Sketchers London (a good option for those who like to do lots of sketch and draw whatever takes their fancy in whatever order they choose - you choose how you record the wharf)

You can draw the historic wharf with the Dining Room Drawing Club
    People are also participating in a free Getting Started with Drawing workshop with The Independent Art School 
      The event has been organised in collaboration with The Campaign for Drawing, Trinity Buoy Wharf (Urban Space Management) and The Guild of St. George.

      If you tweet about this event on Sunday can you please also use
      • the #The_Big_Draw hashtag if you want your tweet retweeted by the Campaign for Drawing - Twitter: @CampaignDrawing
      • #urbsketchlondon if you want your tweet retweeted by Urban Sketchers London - Twitter: @UrbSketchLondon
      The Trinity Buoy Wharf account is @artsTBW

      What you can sketch


      Here are some things you can see and sketch at the Sketchcrawl on Sunday at Trinity Buoy Wharf in East London.

      Trinity Buoy Wharf: Some of the main locations
      • Trinity Buoy Wharf Jubilee Pier - has views of The O2 and the River Thames - sort of obvious really when you see the location (see top pic)!  (There is no clipper service at the weekend so it's possible this may be closed - but the views are still visible from the bank - as is the Pier!)
      • A lighthouse -the only one in London!  It was built in 1866 to be a place to test new forms of lighting for lighthouses. This is where the 19th-century physicist Michael Faraday conducted optical experiments.
      • Two lightships - the Lightships LV93 and LV95 are moored here - one on the Thames side and one on the River Lea side
      • Container City - featured in numerous television programmes, brightly painted live/work spaces in stacked containers (More info).  The stacked containers of Container City II have a ziggurat shape. Read Living in a box to understand more about the people who live here.
      Urban Space Holdings have created a mad little urban quarter totally unlike the high-finance citadels and luxury-living elsewhere in Docklands. A sense of time and tide, lapping at the beyond, permeates the place. Let’s hope it survives yuppification, sea-level rise and the collapse of civilisation, at least until the music stops.
      Herbert Wright explores: Trinity Buoy Wharf \ Le Cool London
      • The Driftwood Cafe  - a cafe in a container
      • Fatboys Diner - an authentic American Diner and the subject of the winning painting in this year's Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
      Kathryn Maple with her prizewinning watercolour painting of Fat Boys Diner
      (See review - Kathryn Maple wins Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014)

      Sue Grayson Ford - the Director of The Campaign for Drawing - will be on site to open the Electrician's Shop Gallery from noon, so sketchers can collect there, see the exhibition of drawings, paintings and textiles focused on the urban (and occasionally rural) scene, use the loos and leave any heavy items. The Gallery will remain open until 5pm.

      This space is currently displaying the Recording Britain Now: 2014 John Ruskin Prize Exhibition (which opened last week) until 30th November 2014. You can also visit for free when it is open - on Wednesdays – Sundays, 12 - 5pm, and Thursdays, 4 - 8pm

      How to get there


      The address for travel apps and satnavs is The Electrician's Shop Gallery, Trinity Buoy Wharf,64 Orchard Place, London E14 0JY (Tel. 020 8351 1719)

      The website provides advice about how to get to Trinity Buoy Wharf.

      Below are links to the Transport for London Travel Planner - the page shows options from:
      Just use the Edit button and change the "From" location to make it relevant to you.

      Here's a map of the location from Google Maps



      Some history about Trinity Buoy Wharf

      In 1515, Trinity House was granted a charter by King Henry VIII.Trinity Buoy Wharf was where Trinity House used to build and maintain the buoys and lightships which were used to aid navigation around the Kent, Essex and Suffolk coasts.  The development was created in the early nineteenth century and closed down in 1988 when it was purchased by the London Docklands Development Corporation. Urban Space Management acquired the site in 1996 and redeveloped the site to become an urban centre for the arts.

      You can read more about the history on their website.



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      Sunday, 9 November 2014

      London Sketchcrawl: Draw Britain Now

      Urban Sketchers London is teaming up with the Campaign for Drawing — the organisers of The Big Draw — for a sketchcrawl at Trinity Buoy Wharf in the East End on Sunday 16 November from 12noon to 4pm. It's free. Just bring your own drawing materials and be ready for whatever the weather has in store.

      It's a great venue for drawing a slice of docklands history and the location of London's last remaining lighthouse.

      We'll meet by The Electrician's Shop Gallery, Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, London, E14 0JY. There's information about the venue and the Draw Britain Now event at the Big Draw's event page and the Trinity Buoy Wharf website. You can find travel advice here.

      There are other drawing related events continuing at the gallery under the Recording Britain Now banner, organised by the Campaign for Drawing in collaboration with Trinity Buoy Wharf and the Guild of St George. The John Ruskin Prize exhibition of drawings, paintings, prints and textiles runs from 13 to 30 November.

      Looking forward to seeing you there!



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      Tuesday, 28 October 2014

      Sketchcrawl at Trinity Buoy Wharf on 16th November 2014

      Put this date in your diary!  The next Urban Sketchers London Sketchcrawl will on Sunday 16 November (12-4pm)

      Trinity Buoy Wharf is in East London on the north bank of the Thames - across from the O2

      You'll be able to sketch unfamiliar vistas of the Thames, the O2, Canary Wharf and other riverside landmarks from one of the last bastions of Docklands history, Trinity Buoy Wharf!

      More details later.
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      Thursday, 16 October 2014

      "... away above the chimney pots ..."

      Mile End Road, E2

      Grove Road, E2

      Perhaps it is all down to Judy Garland, I mean, can any of us look at chimneys without thinking of her? I can't stand it when the stacks are capped off or the originals are replaced with an apology of  ghastly short stumps. Anyway, Mile End has quite a good outcrop and I enjoyed getting a few more in, and their shops which are fortunate enough to own them.


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      Wednesday, 1 October 2014

      A new Nine Elms: coming soon


      This view upstream from the embankment opposite the Houses of Parliament is the kind of view I like the best: the obvious thing to do is draw the well-known sight (which I did as well), but what is behind you is often telling another story. Past the moored pleasure boats, Lambeth Bridge, and the towers of Vauxhall is a thicket of construction cranes that are working to change the face of Nine Elms. Disused industrial land larger in area than Hyde Park is being developed into a residential and business district, with new US and Dutch embassies (by 2017), homes for 30,000, jobs for 25,000 and there are plans for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge and rail stations. I've written before about the tortured landscape of Vauxhall; big changes there are also part of the plan.



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