draw derby

In January 2022 I shared my Draw Derby idea and welcomed people to participate in a monthly outdoor gathering for anyone who wanted to draw in Derby City Centre. Draw Derby holds a space to inhabit the city in a quietly powerful way, to be still, observe and draw together, meeting likeminded others in the process. Draw Derby gatherings will always be free.  

We use the city as easel and inspiration: benches, bollards and planters become supports for sketchbooks. We meet in the same place at the same time each month and experience a familiar and different city - we witness and record change. 

Draw Derby provides a time, date and meeting place and the rest is up to the individual - what their mornings focus is, what they draw with, how they draw. We all draw, no-one teaches, beginner and experienced drawing together. At the close of the two hours we visit a local independent cafe and share work (if people want to - no pressure). 

It's touching to witness Draw Derby being embraced by so many and an honour to observe the impact that committing to regular drawing has on participants lives. As of May 2024 Draw Derby has welcomed 90 participants who have made 423 visits to Derby Market Place and venues in the city centre and beyond.

For more information and images of Draw Derby gatherings please see Instagram, where you'll find a link in bio for tickets on Eventbrite.

Join us ✏️ 
Quad Derby, Sharing work - February

Ribbon Canopy, Iron Gate - March


Museum of Making - The Assembladge - May

Market Place - June

Pickford House - September

Market Place - September

Waterfall Sculpture - January

Museum of Making - January

Museum & Art Gallery - March

Waterfall, Market Place - April


Market Place - September

Museum of the Moon 
Derby Cathedral - October

Museum & Art Gallery cafe - November

Museum & Art Gallery - November

Waterfall - January

Market Place - March

Museum & Art Gallery - April

The View, Museum of Making - April