Thursday, June 27, 2013

All Sponsors Announced for 2013 Symposium

For Release June 27, 2013
Urban Sketchers Announces All Sponsors for 2013 Urban Sketching Symposium
In just two weeks, more than 200 urban sketchers will attend the Urban Sketchers’ 4th Urban Sketching Symposium Barcelona. For three days, July 11-13, 2013, over 200 sketching enthusiasts will take sketching workshops throughout the city, exploring themes such as Telling the Story, Seeing the Light, and Expressing Yourself. As part of the event, we are proud and fortunate to be working with the following sponsors, some of whom are providing donated materials for those participating in the three-day event organized by Urban Sketchers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing.

Presenting Sponsor
The Ajuntament de Barcelona (Barcelona City Council) is sponsoring the Symposium by offering use of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) as the Symposium Headquarters. Participants will gather daily at the CCCB before heading out into the city to explore and sketch.

Platinum Level
Moleskine has been a sponsor for each Symposium since Portland, OR in 2010, and has also contributed maps of our workshop locations. Moleskine is known for its legendary artist notebook.
Sennelier, a French brand known for their hand-selected pigments, joins us as a new sponsor this year.

Gold Level
Canson, a renowned fine art paper company, is participating as a sponsor again this year. Canson also represents Royal Talens, which joins them in their sponsorship.
Cretacolor, another new sponsor for 2013, is an Austrian manufacturer of pencils and other drawing and writing instruments, specializing in fine art materials.
Strathmore Paper Company is participating as a Symposium sponsor for the second time. Strathmore is a United States company that has been making fine art paper products since 1899.

Silver Level
Stillman & Birn, a long-time USk supporter, creates sketchbooks that give artists a range of choices for their specific techniques.
Tombow/Pantone, two leading brands donating specific fine art materials.

Bronze Level
Laloran, a Portuguese sketchbook company, joins us as a sponsor again this year.
Chartpak Inc., has donated Ad markers for use in specific workshops.
Miquelrius, a well known Catalan company producing among others excellent sketchbooks.
Viarco, a small Portuguese pencil factory, and one of the oldest pencil manufacturers in Europe, joins us as a new sponsor this year.
Barna Art, a fine arts material shop in Barcelona very much appreciated by local artists.

In addition to providing materials for participants, most of these sponsors contribute funds that go toward airfare and lodging for instructors and staff, all of whom volunteer their time to the Symposium.

Symposium participants will gather for over 20 hands-on sketching workshops, demonstrations and lectures in Barcelona. Sketchers will gather at CCCB and will attend lectures at Sant Lluc. The workshops are led by an influential team of local and international artists, listed on the Symposium site,

Urban Sketchers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing; promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.
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Elizabeth Alley
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