Walk and Draw: Sketches of Walsall, installation view, 2023. Photo: Emotive Eye.

Walk and Draw
Sketches of Walsall

Long Gallery, Floor 1.

Showcasing a selection of drawings made by local people who take part in the Gallery’s monthly Walk and Draw workshops led by artist Tess Radcliffe. These fast-paced sessions involve sketching artworks in the Collections and Temporary Exhibitions, the Gallery’s architecture, and the local area, including wildlife along the canal, public sculptures, historical buildings, and people shopping on Walsall’s high street.

Workshops are designed to have a positive impact on participants’ physical health and mental wellbeing, incorporating the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’: connect, get active, take notice, keep learning, and give.

All participants, past and present, were invited to submit their chosen drawings, to be considered for display. Tess and Gallery staff selected thirty works by twenty individuals. The drawings feature an eclectic mix of subjects including market stalls, busy shoppers, sweet shop window displays, a humble door handle, and a crocodile skin handbag captured during the group’s trip to Walsall Leather Museum, among others.

Each month the focus of Walk and Draw sessions varies, and participants can explore new drawing techniques whilst developing their own unique styles. In this exhibition we see a variety of drawing techniques, from bold, continuous line drawing to soft, delicate mark-making, and a range of drawing materials including graphite pencil, charcoal, chalk pastels and marker pens.

Walk and Draw began in October 2021 following a popular Walk and Chalk event in September of the same year with then Artist in Residence, Daniella Turbin.

Walk and Draw is a free workshop. We welcome new participants of all abilities, age eighteen and over. No prior experience of drawing is necessary. Workshops are inclusive and accessible for mobility scooters and wheelchair users. Advance booking for workshops is essential as places are limited.

For more information and to book a place on the next workshop visit the Gallery Reception desk on the Ground Floor or call 01922 654400.