Ribble Urban Sketchers visit Preston virtually to create lockdown works of art

Posted on - 3rd August, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Deepdale, Flag Market, Preston City Centre, Preston Docks, Preston News, Preston North End
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Ribble Urban Sketchers is a group from across Lancashire and beyond who meet once a month to sketch outdoors.


They follow the directions from the Urban Sketching manifesto, where all sketches must be from direct observation, using any medium.

The sketchers usually meet in the area of Ribble, from Colne to the Estuary, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic they have been unable to meet face-to-face.

Preston Docks
The city skyline behind the Docks by Pauline Warrener, Blackburn
The burger van at PNE
The burger van at PNE by Loz Lomax, Preston
Sketch of Market Street
Market Street by Evelyn Becker, Vancouver, Washington
Sketch of Bistrot Pierre
Bistrot Pierre by Pat Southern-Pearce, Blackburn

This has not deterred the avid sketchers though, as they have been ‘meeting up’ virtually and have carried on making art from the comfort of their homes.

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Each week, a theme is selected, and Google Earth and other reference points are consulted to accurately sketch places of interest. Last week the theme was Preston, with locations such as the Docks and the city centre being recreated.

Read more: Preston artists stage pop up exhibition on Flag Market

Sketch of Old Dock House
Old Dock House by Ian McKay, Blackpool
Preston Docks
Preston Docks by Anne Anderson, Lancashire
Sketch of St Joseph's Orphanage
St Joseph’s Orphanage by Rodney Walmsley, Preston
A sketch of the Harris
The Harris by Ed Isaacs, Birmingham

Sketchers from all over the world are able to join in now, and the Ribble Urban Sketchers Facebook Page is regularly updated with current works. You can also join in at VirtualRibble.

Read more: How this Penwortham artist is capturing views from lockdown

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