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International Urban Sketchers Symposium Manchester 27th- 30th July 2016 Part 1

This is my officially first attend of International Urban Sketchers Symposium. I was one of the working committee of the International Symposium in Singapore last year. It was wonderful experiences to be in the committee, which gave me a crash course on how the Symposium works and a great chance to know the International facilitators.

I arrived on the 25th July and check in a small room next to Manchester Cathedral.

26th July

Went to sketch behind where I stayed and realised how cold the weather could be in the UK. Need to wear a glove to keep my hands warm in order to sketch I guess.

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That day afternoon, I was walking around Oxford St  and bumped into Parka. We went to a cafe as it started to drizzle and I did the sketch below.


27th July

Went for a tour in the morning and attended the sketchcrawl at Castlefield Canal Basin.


then the opening reception at Manchester Town Hall.

This was done after dinner at Albert Square with the rest of the group from Singapore.

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28th July- 30 July

The first workshop that I attended was by Isabel Carmora and Len Grant at Royal Exchange Theatre. Beautiful facade and dome. I learnt to use colour in a different way and with different perspective/ angle of a composition.


And some other pieces from the rest of the workshops.


People and Places: Life in Contrast by Suhita Shirodkar


Activity: The Manchester Journey by Vicente Sardinh


Workshop: How to Plan and Execute a Team Based Sketching Reportage by Marc Holmes


Workshop: Sketching architecture in edges, shapes and volumes by Liz Steel


Using Ink brush from Ed Harker’s demo for the sketch of Handy Crown. We (Tony, Kai Siang, Favian and Parka) had dinner here one of the night. The table was sticky even the server helped us to clean it. Think they can’t be bothered about it.


The India Rubber Works was one of the buildings that I would walk pass from the hotel to the Manchester School of Arts.


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31th July

One of my last sketch in Manchester @ Town Council/ Town hall.


I have received a Seawhite cartridge paper sketchbook on the last day of Symposium and had done over 20 sketches right after the Symposium. You can find them on the 2nd part of the write up of the Symposium.

Jiak Chuan Road

Did this sketch with friends from Urban Sketchers, after the opening of Sketches of “Da Po” Exhibition. Exhibition till 15 May.


Jiak Chuan Road

Jiak Chuan Road was named after Tan Jiak Chuan (陈若铨, 1858-1909), grandson of philanthropist Tan Kim Seng (also see Kim Seng Road) and cousin of Tan Jiak Kim (also see Jiak Kim Street). He was also the only son of Tan Beng Gum, the former President of the Chinese Temple association at Malacca.

Described as a quite gentleman, Tan Jiak Chuan duly ran the business of mining firm Kim Seng & Co, allowing his cousin Tan Jiak Kim to concentrate on public affairs. In 1908, after his return from Malacca, Tan Jiak Chuan fell ill and suffered from hyperpyrexia. He died shortly after that, and left behind various funds for the Raffles Institution, Chinese Free School and Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He was buried at the Tan family burial ground at Alexandra Road.