*Complimentary Big Draw Sketchbook and Hot Drink from Fat Boys Diner. All materials provided!*

All ages and levels are invited to join The Big Draw team and artist, Liz Atkin on a 'Charcoal Sketch Crawl' exploring the lesser known parts of London and working with Liz's favourite medium to look at the textures and sights of the London's Docklands.

Tickets: £10 / Comfy Shoes and an explorers spirit essential / We sketch come rain or shine so make sure you bring suitable clothing for potentially wet and windy weather.

The sites we will be exploring are some of the most fascinating around London and perfect for urban explorers, sketchers, photographers and history lovers. We'll be setting off from East India Dock DLR and making our way around East India Dock Basin, which is a small nature reserve and perfect for a bit of bird spotting. Here you'll also see the most amazing views of Greenwich and SE London, so grab some charcoal and draw the sights around you. We'll be right by the water, so if you've got a camera -bring it along and take some snaps of Canary Wharf and its wonderful skyline.

Our walk will take us through Trinity Buoy Wharf, home of The Big Draw and London's only Lighthouse. The buildings here were erected from 1836 and the mid-1950's, all with a story to tell. From making and repairing Buoys for the Thames and further afield, to Michael Faraday conducting experiments ( you'll get to see what is to be believed, London's smallest museum celebrating his achievements ) and be wowed by the sculptures on this creative and bustling site.

We'll end with a hot drink at the ever so cosy Fat Boys Diner! This original 1940's Diner was shipped over from Massachusetts, USA and you might even recognise it from the 1998 film, Sliding Doors. Feel free to grab some delicious American fast food and explore the rest of the site.

Our Sketch Crawls run for 1 hour and 15 minutes and start at 11.15am. There will be plenty of time to ask questions, grab a bite to eat at the end of the tour and explore the area further.

We ask that you arrive at least 10 minutes early in order to be registered and handed the materials for your session. There is a maximum of 20 people only on this tour.

This event is sponsored by Fat Boys Diner with support from Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Liz Atkin is an internationally acclaimed visual artist based in London and Big Draw Ambassador. She has Compulsive Skin Picking, a complex physical and mental disorder, but reimagines the body-focused repetitive behaviour of skin picking and anxiety into drawings, photographs, and performances. Liz is a mental health advocate and speaker, raising awareness for the disorder around the world, and has exhibited and taught in the UK, Europe, Australia, USA, Singapore and Japan. She’s widely known for her free #CompulsiveCharcoal newspaper drawings, given away more than 17,000 free drawings to commuters on public transport in London, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Cologne and more. To recognize this work, she received the Unstoppable Spirit Award for Outspoken Advocacy at the TLC Global Conference for Skin Picking and Hair Pulling Disorders in San Francisco in 2018, and was a finalist in the Janey Antoniou Award with Rethink Mental Illness UK in 2018. 

Her work has featured on BBC News, Huffington Post, Mashable, Channel News Asia, amongst others. She has given talks TEDx, Wellcome Collection, Royal Society of Public Health, TLC Global Conference for Skin Picking and Hair Pulling Disorders (Dallas 2016 / San Francisco 2018), Body Dysmorphia Foundation Conference UK 2017, OCD Action Conference UK 2018. She is a Bethlem Gallery artist.

Liz teaches visual art, set design and drama in therapeutic settings, schools, galleries, prisons, hospitals and arts venues around the world. She works with all ages from early years to adults. She is a Lead Artist on Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded Teacher Development Fund 2018-20 with 10 primary schools in Brixton, and is Artist in Residence delivering Messy Play for Early Years with the Acorn Project, a two year initiative to support the wellbeing and creativity of toddlers and their families, funded by Stratford Circus and BBC Children in Need.

Want to learn more about Liz Atkin's work? Check out her website here or read our interview with Liz here.