For Immediate Release
Urban Sketchers Announces All Sponsors for 2016 Urban Sketching Symposium
Next week nearly 500 urban sketchers from around the globe will gather in Manchester, UK, for the 7th Urban Sketchers Symposium. The 4-day event is organized by Urban Sketchers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. Beginning on Wednesday afternoon, sketchers will discover Manchester as they explore materials, techniques and concepts of drawing on location from direct observation.
This event is made possible in part by working with the following sponsors:
We are pleased to welcome PEN.UP as a Symposium sponsor again this year.
PEN.UP is a creative social network service that allows you to share images and pictures with other users. Pen.Up will provide activities and a competition with a great prize.
Cretacolor is sponsoring the Urban Sketcher Symposium again this year. Made by Brevilliers in Austria, Cretacolor pencils are part of a 150-year-old tradition in the making of pencils. Cretacolor is offering a set of six pencils to Symposium attendees.
Leuchtturm1917 is a sponsor for the second year. Attendees will receive a Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook.
We are pleased to welcome Strathmore as a Symposium sponsor again this year. Strathmore has been making paper products in the United States since 1892.
Nevskaya Palitra is sponsoring the Urban Sketchers Symposium for the first time! The company has been producing professional high quality art products for 80 years, such as watercolours, oil, tempera, acrylic paints, and gouache. Participants will receive watercolor samples, and they donated prizes for our raffle.
Stillman & Birn joins us again this year, a brand offering a wide range of robust paper, making it possible for artists to choose from a wide array of weight, size, shade and binding that will best fit their personal style and process of sketching. They donated some nice sketchbooks from their new line as prizes for our raffle.
We are happy to work with Super5 again, a format-creative workshop in Darmstadt, Germany, that has extended their products range to sketchbooks, inks and fountain pen cleaner liquid. Some of these products will be available for our participants.
Laloran joins us as a sponsor again this year by providing sketchbooks handmade in Portugal to workshop participants.
QoR is a new sponsor for the 2016 Symposium. QoR “thoroughly modern watercolor” was created by Golden Artist Colors. They will supply our participants with watercolor cards to sample, and a prize for our raffle.
In addition to providing materials for participants and raffle prizes, many of these sponsors contribute funds that go toward airfare and lodging for instructors and staff, all of whom volunteer their time to the Symposium.
Hundreds of sketching enthusiasts will gather for hands-on sketching workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and sketch crawls in Manchester, and attend a reception at Manchester Town Hall with a welcome address by Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council. Thanks to Manchester City Council and Marketing Manchester for all their support.
Sketchers will gather at host institution, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Manchester School of Art, where they will receive goodie bags designed by local design agency Holdens’, which has contributed their expertise to many of the Symposium designs. The workshops and activities are led by an influential team of local and international artists, listed on the Symposium site.
Urban Sketchers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing; promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel.
Feel free to contact us with any questions.