Come to a drawing workshop with Alexandra Blum

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Would you like to explore urban space through drawing?

Come to a drawing workshop on the deck of a Minesweeper boat - led by artist Alexandra Blum

Sunday 16th October 2016, 10.30am – 4.30pm on board the Minesweeper Collective’s boat moored in Deptford Creek, south east London

Drawing from the deck of this fascinating moored Minesweeper, we'll use the dynamic relationship between the boat, neighbouring remnants of older buildings, rapidly expanding new constructions and surrounding creek as the starting point for our drawings.
Focussing on movement through time and space, we will abandon static single moments drawn from a fixed perspective, and explore compressed space, peripheral vision, actual and implied movement and layering of space and time within an image.

Suitable for all levels - The workshop will be a mixture of group and individual tuition, so whether you're new to drawing or have spent many years drawing, come along and experience the urban world from a new perspective
Alexandra Blum has over 15 years’ experience of drawing urban space. Recent projects include spending 3 years charting the transformation of Dalston, east London with drawings made from the streets, within the vast Dalston Square construction site and from within one of the completed flats, a home on the 17th floor.  Drawings from this project were exhibited at the Geffrye Museum, London Transport Museum and Hackney Museum and awarded the David Gluck Memorial Bursary for Drawing.  Alex was also a prize winner in the  ING Drawing Bursary 2015 exhibition and she is a finalist in the 2016 Derwent Art Prize. Further information about her work can be seen at

What previous participants say: 

“A really enjoyable and inspiring day.  Alex is an excellent teacher who helped me to see things in an entirely new way.   Highly recommended, for artists of all levels: beginners and pros alike"– Chris F

“It was a brilliant experience. Alex is an inspiring teacher and the atmosphere was supportive and exhilarating.  An eclectic range of students all gained greatly from Alex and each other.  I was thrilled to be part of this day and felt privileged to be there. It's a great mind cleaning experience, and I've been looking at things differently since. A big thank you!"– Anne B

Thank you so much for organising such an inspiring and fun day on the minesweeper! I've learnt so much and will always have that wonderful advice to 'slow down' and observe the world around me in my mind!” -Geraldine v H

“It was a great day yesterday – I learned a lot, went through an array of emotions and ultimately benefited in more than one way. Thank you for organising this fantastic workshop”. - Ieva L

"A magical day spent in the sunshine on a Minesweeper moored in Deptford Creek, surrounded by old warehouses and new blocks of flats. Alex provided us with the opportunity to look at, and work in, the urban landscape in a new and dynamic way.  Thank you!"- Jonathan E

"Just wanted to drop you a  line to say how much I enjoyed yesterday's workshop.  It was such fun and you were so inspiring and helpful.  It was a joy to meet so many kindred spirits too. Thank you so much."  - Ros F
"It was a treat to spend a day in such an unusual but tranquil location - taking time to really look and absorb the details of the surroundings - as Alex taught us to see as if through new eyes.  It was a day of creative exploration and meditation with charcoal, I highly recommend it." - Sarah H
"A fantastic drawing workshop, thanks Alex" - Clare W
How to book

Early bird tickets £40 per person,
excluding drawing materials and lunch.  However, tomato soup and bread will be available on board the boat, provided by the Minesweeper Collective for a suggested pay-what-you-can donation from £2.  Alternatively you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Please email: for a booking form.  

Please book your place by Friday 30th September for your early bird discount!
(After 30th September tickets £45 per person). 

A materials list and details of the meeting point will be sent on receipt of your completed booking form.
 Any questions?
 Feel free to email: or call: 07766 10 55 46
Hope you'll join me for an exciting day of urban drawing!
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