Saturday 17 December 2022

Visit to Alexandra Palace Tuesday 10 January 2023

Meet at the entrance to the East Court at 11am on Tuesday 10 January 23.

Ally Pally is an entertainments and sports venue. It has spectacular views overlooking London and will need little introduction to most Art in the Parkers. The East Court has been recently renovated and is now open to sketchers and others. There is more information on their website 

Built in 1873 Ally Pally has been a People's Palace and even home to the birth of BBC TV in 1936.  Perched on the top of a hill the red brick building dominates North London.

The ice rink will be open and Ally Pally are happy for us to sketch in the ice rink, though a 'spectator's' pass is required, but this is believed to be free. Ally Pally have suggested we call the outing 'Sketch and Skate', but skating is not compulsory.

The address is Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY. The W3 bus goes from Finsbury Park or Tottenham stations to the Ice Rink or Palm Court. Ally Pally has its own rail station, Alexandra Palace Station. The nearest tube is Wood Green and then take the W3. It is possible to park in the car park, but wise to check beforehand on in case there is an event, but no events are shown in the calendar for 10 January. A £3 donation is suggested. 

The park is also full of sketching opportunities, though as I write the weather is still very cold so maybe we should return in the summer.

There are loos and a cafe.

Janet's number for the day is 07815 772857.

Sunday 4 December 2022

Visit to Marylebone Station on Tuesday 29 November 2022

Eight artists presented themselves at Marylebone Station on rather a raw grey day.  One person took cover in the underground, the remainder mainly concentrated on the Victorian ironwork in the roof of the main station.  As the mainline station is small, we all found that we were including similar features.  Unfortunately it was too dreary to work outside and tackle the glass canopy and exterior of the station.   As usual, there were a great many passengers hovering about and much activity.  

Our sketching trips quite often involve something totally unexpected, and this time one of our artists who lives close by advised us to have lunch in the Rudolph Steiner House.   So we navigated our way to London's first and only Expressionist building (similar to but not the same as Art Nouveau architecture) and had lunch there.  We spent lunch discussing the Rudolph Steiner approach to education and architecture, very interesting.

We have decided that December is too busy a time for a sketch date, so we will arrange two for January. 

Meanwhile, please enjoy looking at our Marylebone results.


Image above by Priscilla Worley

Image above by Janet Payne

 Image above by Diane Umemoto

 Image above by Sue Lees


Four images above by Audrey Rapier

 Image above by Pam Rigdon

 Image above by Gill Steiner

 And finally, an image by Avis Dennis from our previous expedition to Hays Galleria and the River, Avis looked across the River to St Paul's