The latest exhibition to open at Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery will showcase the work of locals who have an appreciation for our city combined with a spark of creativity.
Urban will feature a collection of offerings from Urban Sketchers Townsville: a social group that meets in different locations every week to talk, drink and draw.
Townsville artist and Urban Sketchers member Gerald Soworka said the exhibition was about celebrating what you’re seeing.
“Urban sketching is really about drawing objectively – you’re there in the moment to capture what’s in front of you,” Gerald said.
“Urban Sketchers Townsville began a few months ago when Michael [Pope] came across an urban sketching group while overseas – so when he returned home, he roped me and Jonathan McBurnie in to co-administer the group with him.
“Group numbers have been building up nicely too, with a lot of people gravitating to it for these shared experiences. Art can be isolating, sitting in a studio, so it’s really nice to get outside, draw and socialise. It’s also a great opportunity for those that might not get to be creative much normally to try something new. It also provides a bit of routine, because we have regular Monday evening and Thursday morning sketches – you can come to one or both, or just drop in on any that you’re free for.
“This exhibition at Sylvia Ditchburn’s Gallery will feature a collection of sketches from our meet-ups, as well as a couple of abstract pieces like sculptures – but all based on that urban concept. I have a few sketches included, such as one of a church in West End and one from when we were sketching at Customs House – but instead of drawing the house, I focused on the water pumping station beside it!”
Catch the launch of Urban at Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery this Friday night from 6pm. The exhibition will run until 22 October. For more information on Urban Sketchers Townsville or to join the group, visit their Facebook page here.