On Saturday the 24th of Jan the Sketch A Day Project will be joining forces with fellow creatives to celebrate visual arts, poetry and live music together. Here’s a little breakdown of all the acts to whet your appetite!

Kicking off the action at 2pm is the modern poet Luke Norton.

Luke Norton is a modern romantic poet making work about love, life and loss. He informs us that so far he’s earned over £100 from reading poems out loud to women. At present he’s in the middle of a UK tour around the Women’s Institute, alongside working on lyrics for gospel, techno and hip hop albums.

Read some of his beautiful work here

At 2.30pm the duo Maverick & Malachi will be taking to the stage. The brothers fuse conscious hip-hop with genre-jumping beat-boxing, creating a powerful & uplifting message of love, hope & change. Check out their words and sounds here..

Our very own Kirstin Maguire will be reciting her beautiful poetry at 3pm. Kirstin is a backbone to the Sketch A Day Project and who put together this wonderful line up. Not only is she is an amazing project manager but also a gifted writer who has actually take on the challenge of the Sketch A Day, interpreting ‘Sketch’ through writing! To read her daily writings visit the blog 

Next up at 4pm is the incredible Poet Carl Burkitt, who despite his rock and roll upbringing in Swindon is more down-to-Earth – and less sexy – than you’d imagine. A writer, poet, playwright, spoken word performer and (sort of) comedian, Carl is just a human being who likes to tell tales. If you have ears, he’d love to fill them. In the meantime, swing by his website www.carltellstales.com

London singer-songwriter MIRI will be taking to the stage at 5.30pm. MIRI has successfully tailored her unique vocals & inspiring songwriting style to create a genuine, distinctive, soulful indie sound.

Her track Broken City received airplay on BBC London as part of BBC Introducing and her music has now reached the big screen with the tracks Red, Broken City and Blue Skies included in Kate Lanes 2014 British film ‘Fear of Water’ starring Lily Loveless.

MIRI performs regularly on the London open mic & gig scene and co-hosts a regular night at The Boogaloo, Highgate.

Her unique and evocative vocal sound has led her to be invited to perform around the UK and Ireland. In London that’s included prestigious events such as The Official Bob Marley Birthday Celebration at the world famous 100 Club, a Levi’s Fundraiser in aid of UK charity Youth at Risk, Alternative, Reggae artist Natty’s event Vibes & Pressure and supporting American Folk singer-songwriter Laura Veirs at Bush Hall.

Check MIRI out here http://www.miriofficial.com/ 


Miss Higgins DIY will be on at 6.30pm and tells us that she performs live to a few poorly strung chords on an electric ukulele. We find this a humble introduction for this London born avant-garde artist, who has spent extensive time in Paris as part of electro-hop duo Seasons Shifters with circuit bending artist Tom Toy, and touring as a one-man band act with a pre-programmed and live loop pedal, kaossilator, electric violin and distortion pedal (to name a few.)

Performing solo shows at venues including Point Ephemere, Les Disquares and Cafe de de la Musique in Paris and various festivals, including SLICK contemporary art fair. Miss Higgins DIY has also collaborated with Point Ephemere residents Control Club and Senegalese Griot Kora player, Babou Diebate, with a residency at Pan African venue Saraaba.


At 7.15pm we have Papa Stokely. The rest of the info on this set is a secret so make sure you get yourselves down to Shapes Hackney!

At 7.50pm Lyllou Christine will be playing her beautiful viola. Lyllou is one fourth of The Glue Ensemble, an alternative acoustic band mostly influenced by radio four, death, sex, chocolate and Amanda Palmer.

Check out their EPs here –

Their debut album ‘We Used To Live Round Here’ is to be released in February 2015. The Glue Ensemble will be performing live in Brussels in early February. More dates in London are to be announced on their page soon. Head on over and give them a ‘like’ here -www.facebook.com/TheGlueEnsemble

Lyllou is also a guest player in French hop’n’roll band Coffees and Cigarettes, a tribute to Jim Jarmusch, and in LGBT orchestra Les Concerts Gais. She mainly plays the viola and her music projects also include violin, ukulele and singing.

Lyllou tells us her favourite drawing from the Sketch-A-Day project is ‘Edward Scissorhands’ from 9th December 2014, closely followed by’ the Bat’ from 30th May.

We’re lucky enough that Lyllou has put together a viola set list of classical pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and tunes from her own improvisation for the exhibition.

The Sketch A Day Project is delighted to announce Aretes will be performing at 8.30pm, an awesome band who kindly provided the soundtrack to the Sketch A Day Kickstarter Film.

As GigSlutz Magazine put it “Arêtes are a five-piece band creating alluring amalgamations of shoegaze, folk and electronica that will tingle the spine and haunt the soul.”

Check out their Facebook page here –


And take a listen to their wonderful album here –


Here’s a little background info on the group…

Arêtes was formed in 2011 by Brian Semple and James Grisbrook, who bonded over a shared love for artists like PJ Harvey, Four Tet, Neil Young and Burial. Semple had grown up playing in folk and punk bands in Belfast, while Grisbrook had been making lo-fi electronica and hip-hop since his teenage years in South London.

Their disparate musical backgrounds molded Arêtes’ sound, which they describe as dream-pop ­– bringing together shoegaze, folk and electronica. It is nocturnal and filmic music, formed around tensions and contradictions – between darkness and light, abrasion and beauty, noise and solitude.

In 2012, Arêtes added Daryl Sweet (guitar, mandolin and banjo), Ryan Harkness (guitar) and Ray Moody (drums) to their line up, and started gigging in London. Later that year, they released their debut EP Gods, which was hailed as “beautiful undulating sleep-folk” by The Doughnut blog, while Impose magazine described it as “the latest dream dance sounds to come from London. We will be listening to them further in the future I feel.”

Arêtes released Mission Creep, their first album, on May 10th 2014. Like Gods, Mission Creep was self-produced, recorded and mixed at their studio in Brixton. NME described the album as “Psych-folk dream-makers with political bite…Mission Creep is dreamy, dishevelled and all about what lies beneath”

Check them out in action here –


The last act to close the Sketch A Day Poetry & Live Music Day is Jack Tyson Charles who will be on at 9.45pm.

2014 was a successful year for this  singer song writer from north london and with a passion for all things soul , this year Jack hopes to capitalize on 2014’s breakthrough ”Lack of Afro” album and tour by releasing some of his own material. In the build up to his forthcoming E.P, he’ll be playing a host of intimate shows across london with his trio of drums, bass, intricately woven piano rifts and lyrical melodies. Expect Fireworks, and LOTS of soul…!

Check out his amazing sound here –


Saturday 24th Jan is going to be an epic day of creative talent! See you there!










Andrew M Pisanu - Don Your Gloves And Get Stuck In


The Sketch A Day Project is thrilled to have the musical talent that is Andrew M Pisanu perform on the exhibition opening night from 8:30pm. In his own words Andrew is a “Songwriter and composer with a soft spot for Mozart and naughty words.” Andrew is behind a plethora of projects, spanning many forms, including his latest venture, the Classical Song Cycle.

Follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/AndrewMPisanu

And check out his latest solo album here –

Virtuoso Guitarist Pete Black


On the Sketch A Day Exhibition Opening Night the classically trained guitarist Pete Black will be performing beautiful Spanish Guitar from 6.30pm-7.30pm. Here is a little background info to whet your appetite!

Peter Black, born and based in London, is a classically trained guitarist who performs a wide range of music from different places and times. Peter has been performing extensively for many years now at prestigious corporate events, at weddings and for private clients. He has also made TV appearances and performed for and with well-known celebrities such as Dustin Hoffman, Donal MacKintyre, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Emma Thompson, who recently described Peter as ‘A Master of the guitar’.

Peter performs extensively all over the UK in exclusive venues such as the Ritz, Kensington Palace, Le Manoir Aux Quat’saisons, Claridges and the Connaught. His popularity has also earned him performances in Qatar, Dubai, Morocco, Spain, France, Monaco, Germany and Sweden. Corporate clients include the likes of Google, Shell, Canon International, Audi, GM Motors, Fiat and 3 Mobile. In addition to corporate events and private parties, Peter has also performed at a number of Film Premier parties such as for Basic Instinct II, Sex and the City, The Golden Compass and more recently in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.



Sketch A Day Opening Night

Shapes, 117 Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5LN.
3 min walk from Hackney Wick Overground


Allow the Sketch A Day Project to turn that January frown into a smile! With a full year of diverse daily drawings, from foxtrotting foxes to anatomical sketches the Sketch A Day Exhibition welcomes you on Thursday 22 of January 2015 from 6pm. Wonderful live performances from the virtuoso guitarist Pete Black and song-writer and composer Andrew M Pisanu will take you into the world of the Sketch A Day!

All 365 mounted and framed drawings will be on show at the innovative arts and music space Shapes in Hackney Wick. The drawings will be available to purchase along with other Sketch A Day merchandise.

I look forward to seeing you there!



Inspire by…
Inspire by / 06/01/2015

Inspire by…

The Sketch A Day Project 2014 has come to an end and what a year that was! Not only did I create 365 daily drawings, exhibited and had a few stolen but the project also inspired fellow creatives in different disciplines! From fellow sketchers to writers and poets, new works have been created taking inspiring from my drawings with one talented poet taking on the mammoth task of writing a ‘Sketch A Day!’ My dear friend and colleague Kirstin Maguire has decided to write some daily poetic words for the year 2015. Please check out and follow her beautiful blog here

I am asking other creatives to take inspiration from the Sketch A Day Project and to contribute to the ‘Inspire by’ series. This will be a collection of works from all arts disciplines and will be featured on the Sketch A Day Project website and in the January 2016 exhibition. These do not have to be daily works, they can be any pieces taking inspiration from the project. Please post works to the Sketch A Day Facebook page and email works and links to info@sketchadayproject.com.



Sketch A Day Writing

The New Year has begun and I have decided for my Resolution to continue the Sketch A Day Project into 2015! Creating a drawing every day is a challenge, especially with other work commitments but it has become a natural component of my daily routine! A tip is to do your daily drawing early before the working day begins when you are feeling fresh and energised.

This year’s Sketch A Day will be slightly different in that I am allowing myself maximum an hour a day per sketch to allow for other creative ventures in the pipeline and I am also introducing the Sketch A Month! The Sketch A Month will be a larger more detailed piece and the 12 pieces will be exhibited in the January 2016 along with the Sketch A Day 2015 book of all 365 sketches. Each month will have a theme and I will also be moving more into colour and expanding my medium, using more paint, ink, coloured pencil and pastel.

January’s theme is ‘Figurative’ and below are a few of the new 2015 Sketch A Days.

I wish you a Happy & Creative New Year!


01- 04.01.15 Sketch A Days

Cass Art logo


Cass Art is kindly sponsoring the Sketch A Day Workshops, which are running from the 26th to the 28th of January 2015.

With a different theme per day pupils will get the opportunity to work alongside me drawing from costumed life models. By using various drawing materials the students will learn how to study the figure clothed in theatrical poses. From drawing superheroes to circus performers creativity will be unleashed and new talent discovered!

All drawing materials will be provided along with refreshments for teachers. At the end of each workshop I will select a drawing that will be entered into the Sketch A Day Drawing Competition.  Each selected drawing will be exhibited on the Sketch A Day blog and social media pages. The winner will receive a hamper of art materials and each pupil will receive their own Sketch A Day Journal!



The Sketch A Day exhibition will run from the 23rd to the 28th of January 2015 in the innovative art and music space Shapes in Hackney Wick. A warehouse space with a movable bar and walls it is the perfect abode to house all of the 365 mounted and framed drawings!



Shapes, Hackney Wick, London

Shapes, Hackney Wick, London



23rd of January – 28th of January 2015