Twilight Walk and Gawk Architecture Sketchcrawl with Dr Jonathan Foyle, Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections, Wednesday, 10. July 2019

Meet point: Outside Manchester Metropolitan Special Collections (Map) @ 17:30 | Walking sketcrawl tour begins at 18:15 after an exclusive introduction to the 'Ruskin's Manchester: "Devil's Darkness" to Beacon City' exhibition by it’s curator Dr Rachel Dickinson.
Tickets: Standard: £12.50 (includes drawing materials) | Concessions: £6 (students, seniors or under 18s)
Sketchbooks and drawing materials provided by: The Big Draw (sketchbooks generously donated Pink Pig).
Join the team behind The John Ruskin Prize, visual literacy charity The Big Draw and architectural historian, broadcaster, artist, heritage site advocate and member of The John Ruskin Prize 2019 selection panel: Dr Jonathan Foyle for this drawn exploration of Manchester’s architectural gems!
Our multi-site sketch crawl will take in different aspects of the city's architectural landmarks in chronological order from Victorian Gothic to Art Deco with a brief intro to each while you sketch, including: The Portico Library, Manchester's present Town Hall, John Ryland Library and Lutyens' Midland Bank.
Ruskin believed that drawing helps us see the world more clearly and makes us aware of it’s beauty and fragility. This sketchcrawl is for everyone interested in walking, gawking, Manchester, Gothic architecture, learning new things and meeting new people! The drawing is for those who love to do it as well as those who think they can’t!
Despite John Ruskin and Manchester getting off to a rocky start, troubled by the pollution and poor working conditions he found there in the 19th century, he would come to have a strong association with the city and influence the changes that took place to address such issues.
We hope after our sketchcrawl you’ll come to regard Manchester’s unique architecture with the same fondness that Ruskin viewed Venice!
About Dr Jonathan Foyle:
Dr Jonathan Foyle is quite obsessed by historic buildings. From an immersive career in conservation, research and curating, he is fortunate to have found ways to share many discoveries and insights into our ancestors’ experiences. He is an award-winning BBC broadcaster, writes regularly for the Financial Times Weekend, presents multi-media interpretations at fascinating historic sites, and has explained the wonders of the historic environment to audiences from America to Australia (but usually closer to Amersham). Author of two well-received monographs on cathedrals – Canterbury and Lincoln – he also draws a bit. You might come across him as Visiting Professor in Conservation at the University of Lincoln, or helping to bring old buildings to life as Director of the consultancy Built Heritage Ltd.
Image by: Michelle Shore Illustration
Please contact Rachel: rachel@thebigdraw.org if you have any questions regarding the accessibility of our sketchcrawl route.
This event is part of Ruskin in Manchester : 
Ruskin in Manchester will celebrate the legacy of John Ruskin (1819-1900) in Manchester, in the year that marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of this visionary thinker, with a programme of public events taking place across summer 2019. As an artist, writer, social reformer, philanthropist and ecologist, Ruskin’s is a legacy that shapes our world and lives in so many ways. Whilst Ruskin was troubled by the pollution and poor working conditions he found in 19th century Manchester, he would come to have a strong association with the city and influence the changes that took place to address such issues.
Supported by the Guild of St George (the education charity founded by Ruskin in 1871) and Manchester Metropolitan University, Ruskin in Manchester will see cultural organisations across the city partnering to explore the world of Ruskin through exhibitions, talks and activities.

Wednesday, 10. July 2019, Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections, Twilight Walk and Gawk Architecture Sketchcrawl with Dr Jonathan Foyle

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