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City Sketchers London: Let’s draw the V& A and South Kensington


Forged Courtroom on the V&A
Sketch by Jimmy Lu 

[ Led by Jimmy Lu and Rachel Bone ]

For the primary sketchcrawl of 2023 we might be drawing in South Kensington,
dwelling to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and a number of other different cultural

There isn’t a price, simply wrap up heat and convey your drawing gear.

The Forged Courtroom – Room 46a

Picture by Cynthia Barlow Marrs 

Choices for drawing


Within the V&A we’re spoiled for selection. Listed below are just some of the
many topics appropriate for sketching:

The Forged Courts — Monumental Vintage, 
Gothic and Renaissance plaster reproductions of decorative architectural particulars and figurative sculptures from world wide 

The dome of the Brompton Oratory from the highest flooring of the V&A
Sketch by Cynthia Barlow Marrs 

• “We encourage sketching and drawing of objects with graphite and colored pencils or white chalks.

• Please don’t use charcoal, crayons, colored chalks, watercolours, spray paints, adhesives, fixatives and different moist supplies, as they might be a danger to our collections and guests.

• Please additionally word that scissors and sharps can’t be used.

• We would like you to be snug if you sketch and draw. We provide stools in most galleries for many who would really like them.

• Please keep in mind to respect the objects, instances and plinths, and don’t use them as drawing boards or make any marks on them.

• On the uncommon event that sketching is prohibited inside an exhibition or particular components of the museum, please respect these situations of entry.”

For these courageous sufficient to sketch within the chilly, there are many outside

Sadly, as a result of present refurbishment of the Pure
Historical past Museum Gardens, the ice rink might be closed.

The John Madejski Backyard on the V&A
Picture by Jimmy Lu

Key occasions and assembly factors

11 AM

Meet within the
foremost courtyard, also called the John Madejski Backyard (see photograph above). In case of
inclement climate, we are going to meet contained in the
Raphael Courtroom
(room 48a on the bottom flooring, the place you will see that the Raphael Cartoons, one of many biggest treasures of the Renaissance within the UK).

1 PM

Meet in the principle courtyard to have a look at sketchbooks and take
a lunchtime group photograph. In case of inclement climate, we are going to meet
contained in the Raphael Courtroom.

3.30 PM

Meet again on the identical spot to have a look at the day’s work and
take a gaggle photograph. In case of inclement climate, we are going to meet inside
the Raphael Courtroom.

If you want to remain for some time and
chat, we are going to then transfer to the
V&A Café
on the bottom flooring.

Sensible info

The museum is situated in Cromwell Highway, SW7 2RL. The primary
entrance is in Cromwell Highway, with one other entrance in Exhibition Highway.

Entrance to the everlasting exhibitions of the V&A and the
different museums is freed from cost. All of the museums have cafés and bathrooms,
and there are extra locations to eat within the space near South Kensington

The closest Tube stations are South Kensington and
Gloucester Highway (District, Circle, and Piccadilly traces) simply 5
(South Kensington) or seven (Gloucester Highway) minutes’ stroll from the
V&A. As South Kensington will be very crowded on weekends, it’s
value remembering that Gloucester Highway is a quieter station, and is located very near the museum.

For added
sensible info please seek the advice of the V&An internet site, the place you’ll
discover a
map of the museum
and a

COVID-19 go to info

The V&A has posted the next COVID steering:

In the event you or anybody you reside with has COVID-19 signs, or when you’ve got just lately been in touch with somebody who has COVID-19, we ask that you simply please postpone your go to to V&A South Kensington.

We’ve got put in protecting screens at store and café factors and are recurrently cleansing all areas of the constructing all through the day.

City Sketchers London stay alert to nationwide steering about COVID-19 and its variants. Although restrictions have been lifted, it is wise to take all vital precautions to maintain ourselves and fellow sketchers secure all through the occasion. The danger of an infection for outside occasions is low, however primary steering nonetheless applies:

  • Please don’t attend if you happen to really feel unwell
  • Put on a face protecting if you’re near others
  • Give folks house
  • Apply good hand hygiene.

Location map

See you on the V&A!


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