Urban Sketchers Announces 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, Leuchtturm 1917 manufactures high-quality notebooks, sketchbooks and other products for creative people. Symposium participants will receive Leuchtturm 1917 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, the Fashion Institute of Technology is sponsoring a Symposium instructor’s transportation.

Silver Level

Super 5, a Darmstadt, Germany, fountain pen company and a sponsor last year, and Singapore partner Shop Oryx will provide attendees with sketchbooks containing mixed-media paper.

Founded in 2010, US sketchbook manufacturer Stillman & Birn will sponsor the Urban Sketchers Symposium for the third year. Stillman & Birn’s series of mixed-media sketchbooks offers artists a choice of paper shade, weight and surface most suitable for their techniques.

Shin Han art of South Korea is a first-time Symposium sponsor. “Passionate Color, Professional Touch” is the statement that embodies the essence of Shin Han. Since the company was established in 1967, the hands-on ownership of the Han family have never changed. Shin Han art products are used worldwide in diverse fields by professionals and hobby artists. Fine art oils, acrylics, watercolors and art markers are some of the many interesting products offered. Shin Han art is presenting participants with a selection of Touch Liners ideal for sketching.

Bronze Level

First-time sponsor Wörther of Baden-Baden offers exceptional mechanical pencils, pens and other writing instruments. Wörther will give Symposium participants “the Shorty,” a mechanical pencil loved by designers and architects. This pencil is elegant, practical and comfortable in the hand, thanks to its ergonomic hexagonal design. It comes with a 3mm soft 7B graphite lead ideal for writing, drawing, sketching and marking.

Laloran joins us as a sponsor for the second year by providing sketchbooks handmade in Portugal.

A trading and distribution company of a wide variety of brands, Melchers is the exclusive distributor of Caran d’Ache products in Singapore. Since 1915, Caran d’Ache has demonstrated a strong attachment to beautiful materials. With its invaluable heritage of expertise, the company has respectfully preserved the art of writing and drawing. Caran d’Ache writing instruments and art materials are fully manufactured in workshops in Geneva, preserving the essence of traditional Swiss manufacturing by delivering exceptional products with passion and rigor. Recognized around the world for their excellence, Caran d’Ache is a bold combination of expertise and aesthetics. Melchers is providing Symposium participants with a box of Caran d’Ache Neocolor artists crayons.

The master craftsmen of Bynd Artisan of Singapore make finely crafted notebooks and other stationery products, including the internationally marketed brand Grandluxe, with a spirit of artisanal excellence.

Arters, a Singapore art supply store, strives to provide the finest quality for artists. Whether it is watercolor, brushes, sketchbooks or palettes and boxes, Arters believes in good quality materials to produce lasting pieces of art. Products include Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors, Stillman & Birn art journals, Escoda brushes, De Atramentis ink and more. Arters also collaborates with local and foreign artists to organize workshops and demonstrations.

Straits Art Co. of Singapore specializes in serving the education, art and graphics communities since 1947. Straits Art provides quality service and establishes common grounds for artists around the world. The oldest and art supply store in Singapore, Straits Art is a favorite among Singapore’s sketchers and other artists.

In addition to providing materials for participants, many of these sponsors contribute funds that go toward airfare and lodging for instructors and staff, all of whom volunteer their time to the Symposium.

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 on the 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