[By Tina Koyama] The 7th International Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester will be the biggest USk symposium yet, with 26 workshops, eight activities, four demos and 11 lectures scheduled over the course of three days. Wow – that’s a lot! A team of four sketch correspondents will cover as many symposium events as possible, sketching furiously by day and blogging by night, to report on their impressions of this much-anticipated gathering.
This year’s correspondents were selected by the Editorial Board for their regular participation on the global USk blog or their regional sketch-sharing site during the past year. In addition, their posts demonstrate that they have an interest in sketching human activity.
Who are these fearless correspondents? Meet them now!
Kumi Matsukawa, Tokyo, Japan
“I can be a participant of the symposium, or can be an instructor if I’m capable to provide good workshop,” Kumi said. “But to be a symposium correspondent, I think this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and this time I thought I should give it a try. As is always the case when meeting so many artists, I’m looking forward to getting influenced by the people both local as well as ones from around the world during this event, and love to absorb something new like a sponge. With the Urban Sketchers community, you can feel that you are always encouraged by so many people regardless you are in the city or in the remote spot.” (Kumi’s sketch, made during the 2014 USk Symposium in Paraty, Brazil, is shown at the top of this post.)
Javier de Blas, Logroño, Spain
Javier became a global USk correspondent in 2015, when he began posting a weekly series about his experiences in Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria. He also posts regularly on Urban Sketchers Spain’s blog.
“For me it is always exciting to make a fast work that overcomes your forecasts, when you can’t even think of what you do,” Javier said. “It is risky but you always get things you didn't expect (for good or bad. . . J).” What is the most exciting thing about urban sketching for Javier? “Sharing experiences with many different people.”
Liz Ackerley, Manchester, UK
In addition to being part of the correspondents’ team, Liz will play an equally important role as a symposium host city resident: She’ll be the team’s much-needed local guide. Liz sketches with Urban Sketchers Manchester and has guest-posted on the global USk blog.
“I am thrilled to have been asked to be a symposium correspondent because it gives me such an amazing opportunity to capture this great event and its members in the context of our wonderful city,” Liz said. “The more I sketch Manchester, the more I love it, and to be able to capture it as reportage of the annual symposium means that I can combine the place and the people which in essence is what I love so much about urban sketching. Of course by being a correspondent I am immediately thrown together with all the urban sketching friends I have met online and am so looking forward to meeting and welcoming to Manchester!”
Tina Koyama, Seattle, USA
|Sketch by Tina Koyama|
An enthusiastic member of Urban Sketchers Seattle since 2012, Tina joined the Editorial Board and became a global correspondent last year.
“The first USk symposium I attended was in 2013 in Barcelona,” Tina said. “Although I was dazzled and awed by everything I experienced during those three days, nothing impressed me more than the work of Suhita Shirodkar and Lapin, who had served as symposium correspondents that year. Running from workshop to workshop, sketching every activity and then reporting back to the USk community, Lapin and Suhita made the symposium come alive as only sketchers can. ‘One day . . . someday,’ I said to myself then, ‘I want to be a symposium correspondent.’ You can imagine how excited I am to have my Urban Sketchers dream come true!”