Urban Sketchers Announces Platinum and Gold Sponsors for 2015 Urban Sketchers Symposium


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Urban Sketchers Announces Platinum and Gold Sponsors for 2015 Urban Sketchers Symposium

Sketchers from around the globe will gather in Singapore July 22 – 25 for the sixth annual Urban Sketchers Symposium. The educational and networking event is organized by Urban Sketchers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. By sketching on location from direct observation, symposium participants will discover Singapore as they explore materials, techniques and concepts through workshops and other activities.

This event is made possible in part by the support of our generous sponsors:

Platinum Level

Urban Sketchers is pleased to have PEN.UP as a Symposium sponsor for the second year. PEN.UP is a creative, vibrant social network service that allows sharing of images and pictures with other users. Attend a productive lecture on digital art using Samsung Galaxy Note tablets and drawing apps, and give Galaxy Note tablets a try. In addition, look forward to a drawing event with gifts!

A new sponsor this year, Leuchtturm1917 manufactures high-quality notebooks, sketchbooks and other products for creative people. Symposium participants will receive Leuchtturm1917 Whitelines Link notebooks – an innovative analog/digital hybrid. Sketches and handwritten notes can be digitized using a smartphone app with automatic capture. Images can then be shared online. This is an ideal tool for illustrators and sketchers looking to save their work and take their analog drawings easily into the digital realm without hefty scanners or expensive cameras.

Gold Level

Cretacolor is sponsoring the Urban Sketchers Symposium for the third time. Cretacolor offers a broad range of products ideal for sketching, including graphite, colored and water-soluble pencils, water media and calligraphy materials. For the Symposium, Cretacolor will present each participant with a set of six pencils packed in a collectible and functional metal case emblazoned with the Urban Sketchers 2015 Singapore logo.

Moleskine has been our partner for many years as a Symposium sponsor. Moleskine and Urban Sketchers share a love of the analog approach of recording what we see in a notebook and the digital approach of sharing online. Moleskine will provide sketchbooks for Symposium attendees.

Local sponsors supporting the event at the Gold level include Caran d’Ache and Shop Oryx, both of which are providing materials for participants. Shop Oryx offers an alternative shopping experience for artists by providing tools, inspiration and the sharing of artwork. In addition, theFashion Institute of Technology is sponsoring a Symposium instructor’s transportation.

Nearly 300 sketching enthusiasts will gather for hands-on sketching workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and sketch crawls in Singapore. National Design Centre is the host institution. The workshops and activities are led by an influential team of local and international artists, listed onthe Symposium site. Previous hosts for the international Symposium have been Portland, Oregon (USA), Lisbon (Portugal), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Barcelona (Spain) and Paraty (Brazil).

Urban Sketchers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing; promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel.

Feel free to contact us for more information.


Elizabeth Alley, President