During a teaching exchange at Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore in 2012, I was introduced to the global Urban Sketching community and set up Urban Sketchers Manchester on my return. I have since gained considerable international recognition within the Urban Sketching movement. My research is concentrated around reportage and on location, in-situ drawing. You May Look at a Building, my collaboration with the writer Phil Griffin, reporting on the redevelopment of St Peterís Square in Manchester, was shortlisted for the inaugural UWE / Moleskine Reportager Awards in 2015. My book Archisketcher was published in summer 2015 by North Light in the US and Quarto in the UK. I am also one of six Manchester artists in Manchester Sketchbook, published by Manucunian Books, July 2016.

 

I am a member of the Society of Architectural Illustration (MSAI) and Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA) and I continue to develop my client portfolio of commissioned architectural visualisations. Recent clients include Virgin Atlantic Airways, Manchester International Festival, Marketing Manchester and Manchester City Council. I run drawing workshops in UK and Europe, and have taught three and four day workshops at Tate Liverpool, The Herbert Reade Gallery Coventry, and on location in Canterbury and Amsterdam.

 

As part of its educational remit Urban Sketchers (USK) hosts a symposium each year. The goal of the Symposium is to celebrate and practice the art of on-location sketching in that city. Previous host cities include Barcelona, Portland (Oregon), Lisbon, Paraty (Brazil) and Singapore. In July 2016 the 7th annual Urban Sketchers symposium was held at Manchester School of Art. I was responsible for the winning bid which beat Chicago, Cleveland, New York and Mexico City, and was also local organiser of the event. Over 500 instructors, delegates and volunteers from 48 countries attended this symposium. In 2017 the symposium was held in Chicago where I was selected as a Faculty Instructor and delivered a series of workshops; 'a beginners guide to drawing in perspective in Chicago'.