6 day drop-in drawing experiment @ Brixton East


So this post breaks all the rules!

Brixton: it’s not even north london, let alone east…

And it’s not a regular class…

And I haven’t even managed to finish my drawing!

But it’s such a great idea, and continues until this Sunday (6th October), that I thought I’d share it as work in progress.


This festival of drawing was a chance discovery while I was looking on the web for drop-in drawing classes to attend.

Advertised as “drawing/lectures/live music/film/dance/discussion/gin” this crowdfunded project (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/drawingclub/the-brixton-drawing-project) seemed too good to pass up!

Artist Janie Skuse and her team have taken over an old furniture factory in Brixton for 6 days, and during this time you can visit for a cup of tea, chat with artists in residence – and if you wish – make some drawings of your own with the free materials provided. Music, events and discussion continue into the evenings.

The building is a remarkable find with time-tarnished wood and period details galore. You can opt to draw spaces, still life,  people around you, and even views from the high windows. The factory is nestled in between brown brick terraces, and gratifyingly a yard of traditional double decker buses.

On Sunday all of the drawings completed within the space will be exhibited together with a party to celebrate the close of the week and the work produced!

This isn’t Janie’s first foray into site-specific drawing events, her group ‘dining room drawing club’ have just completed with a successful collaboration with the iconic London arts centre The Barbican:

‘Hack the Barbican’, http://www.diningroomdrawingclub.co.uk/#/projects/4576930619

The projects are designed to be inclusive, with artists, illustrators and hobbyists of all levels (like me) having a bit of a go with mugs of tea and coffee on hand. If you are the vicinity, it makes for a very pleasurable couple of hours out!

The beauty of timescale of the project allows me to make a more detailed drawing, and embark on something of a slightly larger scale  – which I will be returning tomorrow to complete!


detail at Brixton East from a different perspective


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