Sketch Your Surroundings
Part of York Unlocked York Army Museum
Sat 07 Oct
Sun 08 Oct
Visit buildings and open spaces around the city and draw the things which capture your imagination We invite you to Sketch Your Surroundings and join in with the Big Draw for York Unlocked.

Our current Creativity from Conflict exhibition showcases the work of soldier artists. Some of the most interesting objects in the exhibition are small, pocket sketchbooks carried by soldiers who drew the sights and surroundings in which they found themselves.  Military sketchboards, which strapped onto the arm so that one could draw whilst on horseback, were often issued in the 19th century, and recruits were taught to draw so that they could sketch the surrounding environment and the lie of the land.  Trying to draw the world around you helps you to experience familiar places through fresh eyes.

The York Unlocked festival curates the opening of over 70 interesting buildings and open spaces around the City of York over the weekend of 7 & 8 October, giving you the chance to see hidden gems, and we invite you to pick up a small sketchbook and venture out into the city and draw things which catch your eye.
As part of this festival you can collect a small sketchbook, pencil and drawing guide and draw, sketch and doodle the things which capture your imagination as you explore our amazing places and spaces. You can collect your sketching kit from the following collection points
York Army Museum
All Saints Church, North Street
Merchant Taylor’s Hall
York Explore Library and Archives

Share your drawings with us if you wish and we will collate them into a Big Draw exhibition.
Our sketchbooks are made from recycled coffeecups, but you are welcome to use your own paper and materials.
Find out more about York Unlocked here:
Our current Creativity from Conflict exhibition runs until the end of March 2024 – do drop in to view it.

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This is a free event

Suitable for ages: All

Organised by York Army Museum

Mrs A Freeman
t: 01904 461010


Wheelchair available at reception
Museum films have subtitles
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