Gold Coast urban sketchers unite

New community art group Urban Sketchers Gold Coast is growing in popularity.

You may have seen roving gangs of artists out and about sketching various locations around the Coast lately. This group of sketching enthusiasts, known as Urban Sketchers Gold Coast, has been spotted sketching from Burleigh and Southport, where they’ve attracted a great deal of interest from locals.

Comprised of local residents, the group meets on weekends to sketch, draw and paint urban scenes. Members sketch for two hours, and then meet up for coffee in a local cafe to share their pieces.

Attendance at these meetups and membership are free.

Sketching groups have become a popular trend worldwide, and there are now Urban Sketchers Groups in all the major cities and towns around the world. Members don’t need to be accomplished artists, and tools can be as simple as a pencil, pen and paper. Many are finding that focusing on art can be a healing pastime.

“Our members find that sketching can be very therapeutic” says one of the group’s organisers, Mark Elms. “This is especially evident in the camaraderie displayed at our meet-ups for ‘after sketching coffee’ at local cafes.”

Gold Coast Urban Sketchers was founded by Gold Coast art enthusiast Linda Elliott.

To learn more about this group, or to join, search head to their Facebook page, press the join button, read the manifesto and rules, and answer the two questions to join. There you will also been able to see the works the group has already produced.

Urban Sketchers Gold Coast meets at selected location from 9.00am every second Saturday.  Visit

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