Young Artists Explore: Public Sculpture - Summer School Week 1 (15-18yrs)

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Young Artists Explore: Public Sculpture

One-week summer holiday course for ages 15-18
9th – 13th August, Monday–Friday
10am – 4pm with a one hour lunch break

Using drawing as a compass, students will explore the diverse collection of public sculpture in East London on this one-week summer holiday course. Weaving their way through the towers of concrete, glass and steel, developing an awareness of both scale and space, speed and slowness, Young Artists will create a broad range of observational drawings from this ever-changing cityscape. 

Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman (1962), known as ‘Old Flo’, returned to Tower Hamlets in a new chapter in the borough’s heritage, having previously been at home in the Stifford housing estate, Stepney. Moore’s depiction of the bundled figure taking shelter in the London Blitz will be a focal point for students to investigate a unique sense of place. Putting each Young Artist in the role of being a commissioned artist, students will collaborate to compose a large-scale movable mural. 

Each day the group will meet in Canary Wharf, before making short journeys on foot to nearby locations to draw.  Our experienced alumni tutor will select public sculptures and inspiring settings to provide stimulating drawing opportunities. Students will consider all monuments and the stories they can tell of resilience, regeneration, trade, slavery, and progress. Students will draw in a small groups with new peers, feeling the energy of these intriguing and challenging objects and sites. 

All materials will be provided and all locations will be within walking distance of Canary Wharf Underground Station, with a full schedule issued to parents/guardians in advance.   


The Canary Wharf Jubilee line station provides swift connections with travel times of: 

  • London Bridge, 7 minutes 
  • Waterloo, 11 minutes 
  • Westminster, 13 minutes 
  • Green Park, 15 minutes 
  • Bond Street, 17 minutes 
  • Baker Street, 20 minutes 

The Jubilee Line has interchanges with all other London Underground lines. 

It also connects with mainline railways at Canada Water (London Overground), West Hampstead (Thameslink), Waterloo (South West Trains, Great Western Railway), London Bridge (Southern, Southeastern and Thameslink), West Ham (c2c), Stratford (Eurostar, Greater Anglia, and London Overground).