Lisbon hosts the world: II International Urban Sketching Symposium
Nearly 200 sketchers from more than 20 countries gathered in Lisbon in July for Urban Sketchers' second international sketching symposium. Three days of intense sketching workshops, lectures, panels and sketch outings led by a diverse team of international presenters with backgrounds in art left participants inspired for another year.
Symposium participants received sketchbooks and art supplies provided by Moleskine, Stillman & Bim, and Canson. Local media took notice in the Metro newspaper and several TV broadcasts.
(sketch above by Pete Scully)
(sketch above by Pete Scully)
In the media
In 2011, media outlets around the world continued to draw attention to the art of urban sketching and its practitioners. Our blog correspondents and members were featured on TV and radio broadcasts and in newspapers and magazines, including the following as well as numerous arts-related blogs:
- Magazines: Animals (Italy), The Artist's Magazine (worldwide), Uppercase (Canada), Watercolor Artist (worldwide).
- Newspapers: Diario Sur (Spain), El País (Spain), London Times (England), The Telegram (Canada), The Independent (Canada), El Día de Córdoba (Spain), Weser Kurier (Germany), Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines), St. Louis Post-Dispatch (USA), Goierriko Hitza (Basque Spain), The New Paper (Singapore), Europa Press (Spain), Maariv (Israel), El Telégrafo (Ecuador), The Commercial Appeal (USA) and The Seattle Times (USA).
By the numbers
Since our launch in November of 2008, volunteer correspondents have published nearly 8,000 entries on the Urban Sketchers blog. More than 7,000 readers subscribe to our blog feed.
The urban sketching community has grown to 4,780 Urban Sketchers flickr group members and 15,769 Urban Sketchers Facebook fans.
Drawing together is part of our USK manifesto, and our regional blogs have grown tremendously in 2011, thanks to the initiative of many urban sketchers who have started sketching groups where they live. This year, USK blogs were added in Basel, Berlin, Cleveland, Paris, Brasil, Israel, Philippines and Portugal-Beiras, plus Urban Sketchers Sydney became Urban Sketchers Australia. Our first USK high school blog was launched when Amino Urban Sketchers came online this year.
These new groups join 11 other country, 11 city or state, and 2 other regional USK blogs that are already active. A full list of USK blogs can be found on the sidebar of our Urban Sketchers website.
Several USK groups have their own Facebook pages or flickr groups as well.
The work of Urban Sketchers correspondents, groups and members has been featured in group exhibits featuring urban sketching around the world this year, including:
- Urban Sketchers Spain at Feria Madrid DEARTE art fair
- Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again in Brooklyn, NY
- Line-line Journey exhibit in Penang, Malaysia
- Manila Metropolitan Museum
- White Canvas Gallery in Singapore
- ECU Art Department in Oklahoma (USA)
- Matite in Viaggio exhibition at Centro Culturale Candiani in Mestra, Italy
- Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage travel book festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France
- Pence Gallery in Davis, California
- Otaghe Abi Gallery/Isfahan/Iran
Several Urban Sketchers blog correspondents, members and groups published books this year, including: Drawing Viterbo: Sketches from a Medieval City by Fred Lynch (USK Boston), Artist's Journal Workshop by Cathy Johnson (USK Kansis City), Top Drawers on Tour: Italy by the Eugene, Oregon sketch group called The Top Drawers, One Drawing a Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration & Mixed Media by NYC USK correspondent Veronica Lawlor, Urban Sketchers Singapore, Volume 1 (photo, left) by USK Singapore and La Sagrada Familia de Gaudi by USK Barcelona correspondent Lapin and 2 other editors.
This year Urban Sketchers became a United States 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Here's a breakdown of our nonprofit's 2011 finances as of December 19, 2011.
- Google Ads: $877
- Blog Ads: $1,359
- Symposium registrations: $38,668
- Symposium silent auction: $1,789
- Donations: $532
- Give a little, Get a sketch fundraiser: $2,469
- Seattle USK/Dalvero Workshop: $595
- Seattle Storefronts grant net income: $360
- Total: $46,650
- Symposium scholarships: $3,599
- Symposium expenses (space rental, instructors' travel, lodging and fees, promotional materials, site hosting, etc.): $37,053
- Miscellaneous expenses (post office post, flickr account, shipping, wire transfer fees, etc.): $224
- Total: $40,876
Board of Directors
We are also pleased to announce our board of directors that will serve for the next two years:
Elizabeth Alley (Memphis, USA)
Tia Boon Sim (Singapore)
Matthew Brehm (Idaho, USA)
Gabi Campanario (Seattle, USA)
Simonetta Capecchi (Naples, Italy)
Jason Das (NYC, USA)
Orling Dominguez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
James Hobbs (London, UK)
Marc Holmes (Montreal, Canada)
Julian Fassel aka Lapin (Barcelona, Spain)
Isabel Fiadeiro (Nouakchott, Mauritania)
Omar Jaramillo (Berlin, Germany)
Cathy Johnson (Kansas City, USA)
Nina Johansson (Stockholm, Sweden)
Veronica Lawlor (NYC, USA)
Mário Linhares (Lisbon, Portugal)
José Louro (Lisbon, Portugal)
Kim Marohn (Paris, France)
Víctor Martínez Escámez, aka Swasky (Barcelona, Spain)
Shiho Nakaza (Los Angeles, USA)
Jim Richards (Fort Worth, USA)
Luis Ruiz (Málaga, Spain)
Cristina Urdiales (Málaga, Spain)
Paul Wang (Singapore)
Steven White (Virginia, USA)
Thank you to all urban sketchers across the globe who enjoy and share the art of urban sketching everyday. Happy New Year!
(Year-end report compiled by Gabi Campanario and Lisbeth Cort).