The Line and The Big Draw present: #ImagineTheLine Sketchcrawl as part of UNITY Arts Festival & OPEN HOUSE London 2018

Saturday 22 Sept 2018 | 12:00 – 15:00 | Led by The Big Draw with guest artist Jeanette Barnes

Sunday 23 Sept 2018 | 12:00 – 15:00 | Led by The Big Draw with guest artist Alex Evans

Start Point on both days: 12:00 at NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0SQ (See on map below).

Artwork above by Nicola Schofield: Neschof.com 


With our #ImagineTheLine event partners we are thrilled to offer these events for free but if you would like to support The Big Draw or The Line with donations please select the donation option via the booking links above.

 Join us in this fascinating pocket of London’s Docklands for a weekend of drawing, design and discovery as The Line and The Big Draw come together as part of the all new UNITY Arts Festival - which celebrates creativity across all artforms in London’s ever evolving E14 during Open House London 2018.

Participants will be invited to sketch this fascinating panorama where the lines between art and architecture dissolve. We’ll be starting our sketch crawl from North Greenwich before taking a brief boat ride over to the Lighthouse and Container Buildings at Trinity Buoy Wharf.  Then we’ll move through Leamouth Peninsula to the brand new development of colourful towers at London City Island.  

Tickets include an exclusive free boat trip on ‘The Predator’ connecting Greenwich Penninsula with Trinity Buoy Wharf, run by Thames Clippers and chartered by Unity Arts Festival for the exclusive use of #ImaginetheLine sketchcrawl attendees on both days (you will receive a wristband to claim your free boatride). Drawing materials will be supplied by The Big Draw, but if you prefer to use your own please bring them along!

Find out more about our sketchcrawl partners:

UNITY Arts Festival | The Line | Open House London 2018

Share your creations on route use #ImagineTheLine to join the online Gallery!

Instagram: @TheBigDraw@thelinelondon@unity.arts.festival

Twitter: @The_Big_Draw | @thelinelondon @UnityArtsFestiv

The route will take place in 3 parts on both days starting on Greenwich Penninsula and finishing at London City Island. Please read on for more details! 

If you would like to join us and have any special access requirements please get in touch here. Families are welcome, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.



To get our creative juices flowing, we will explore, draw and take inspiration from The Line artworks around The O2, which form the southern-most part of this world-class outdoor art trail. Draw and be inspired by museum quality sculptures that are set against a backdrop that fuses the peninsula’s industrial and maritime past with London’s ambitious present.

The artworks take in the Dockland’s skyline and force us to reconsider the conventions of London’s built environment. We will draw inspiration from sculptures by Antony Gormley, Thomson & Craighead, Richard Wilson, Gary Hume and Alex Chinneck and bold architectural statements by Richard Rogers Partnership (The O2) and Wilkinson Eyre (Emirates Airline cable car). 

As we walk The Line, we will consider how our urban environment could - and should - look in the future. As we draw The Line, we will invite you to #ImagineTheLine and design your own architectural or sculptural gem for the area. Where would you build it? How would it interact with the environment and, more importantly, how would we interact with your creation?

Think big (and small)... make your mark on The Line!


From The Greenwich Peninsula we head over the river via your free boat trip to a fascinating pocket of London’s Docklands: Trinity Buoy Wharf, where listed Victorian warehouses sit cheek by jowl with 21st century architectural innovations in the shape of Container City.  This site is made for urban sketchers, maritime history lovers and aspiring architects.

Also home to The Big Draw's HQ, The Royal Drawing School, Trinity Art Studios and a whole host of artists, makers and creative businesses Trinity Buoy Wharf  boasts London's only lighthouse which is now home to Longplayer, an ever evolving musical composition by Jem Finer/ Artangel, designed to play without repetition for 1,000 years, a series of lovingly preserved Grade-II listed warehouses (where all of the Buoys and markers for the Thames were once made and repaired), the infamous Fat Boy's 40s diner. The Faraday Effect, believed to be London's smallest museum, is dedicated to the Victorian Scientist, Alunatimea permanant Lunar Clock based on the site and Trinity Buoy Wharf's newest installation: Super Computer.

Our sketchcrawl and tour then takes us from the cultural heritage pioneered at Trinity Buoy Wharf onto the evolving landscape of London City Island...


On the final leg of our sketchcrawl we make our way to the newest development on our tour: ‘London City Island’. Alongside some vibrant architecture and calming landscaping,London City Island has already established a rich and diverse cultural scene, bringing together film, dance, and contemporary art, all in this historic Docklands location.

The site is also home to 5 mammoth exterior plinths where we will imagine, draw and design our The Line sculptures of the future. Your drawings will added to an online gallery to be hosted on the #ImagineTheLine page during the weekend. 

Drawing: A Tool for Design  IN The Big Draw Shop >



About #Imaginetheline Guest Artists:

Alex Evans is a London based artist exploring the intersections between architecture, geometry, nature and drawing.
Alongside his practice he is a  director and facilitator who graduated from the University of Hull and Wimbledon School of Art. His drawings depict complex geometries which resemble organic lifeforms and architectural space.  Drawn in pen on paper, the meticulously detailed environments within his drawings create disrupted Cities in transition.  
He has exhibited in solo and group shows across the UK including MKGallery, the Anise Gallery, The Foundry Gallery and Collyer Bristow Gallery.  In 2017 he was selected as the first ever Artist in Residence at London’s iconic Tower Bridge.  His drawing 'Cracks / Shadows' is included in the upcoming 'Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize' 2018. 
Alex is currently the Artistic Director of Kazzum, a charitable arts organisation which uses creative processes to improve the life chances of children and young people across East London.
Jeannette Barnes is an artist whose practice engages with the constant development within the urban environment. Barnes' work communicates a fascination with the way vast architectural projects are changing the nature and demography of given areas. The artist makes sketches in the urban environment that are later worked on to build up large pieces through trial and error. Barnes comments that her drawings are not about one single moment, rather a combination of ideas and experiences, the resulting pieces are energetic, urgent and appear to be in a constant state of flux - like our cities.

Born in Lancashire in 1961, Barnes studied for BA Hons Fine Art Liverpool Polytechnic 1980-83, post-graduate painting Royal Academy Schools 1984-87 and MA printmaking Royal College of Art 1987-89. During this time she was awarded John Moores, Henry Moore and Richard Ford scholarships. She has exhibited in many group exhibitions including several times at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Hunting Group, Drawings For All, Cleveland Drawing Biennale and Jerwood Drawing. Jeanette was a prize-winner in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Lynn Painter Stainers, Discerning Eye,  Hunting Group, Drawings For All and Jerwood Drawing. Her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections.