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Sketch Behind-the-Scenes at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms this spring

Assembly Rooms Edinburgh is opening its doors to budding art enthusiasts around Scotland on Saturday 22 April to host its first-ever drawing tour.

Join local artist Mark Kirkham, better known as the Edinburgh Sketcher, for a rare opportunity to capture the timeless elegance and beauty of the unique and iconic George Street venue on paper in its 230th year.

With helpful instruction and tuition throughout the three hour tour, visitors can develop their own artistic ability, taking inspiration from the dazzling crystal chandeliers, gleaming gold leaf and opulent gilt mirrors which sit inside the Georgian building.

Shona Clelland, cultural venues development manager for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “We’re giving artists the unique opportunity to capture the splendour of our historic venue as part of this exclusive one day experience.

“With Mark on hand to give guidance to those complete beginners, and even the more experienced inkers, we’re hoping to see visitors experiment with colourful techniques to truly bring our treasured building to life. What’s more, all the art supplies will be provided on the day.

“This is just the first in a series of spectacular public events we’re hosting throughout 2017 to celebrate our 230th anniversary.”

The Edinburgh Sketcher Drawing Tours of Assembly Rooms will start at 9am and 1:30pm, each ending with tea or coffee, and time to add watercolour to your sketches. Tickets cost £27.50 (including arts materials, tea and coffee).

For those who prefer to simply enjoy the surroundings, the venue will be open to the public with free tours operating at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.

For more information visit the Assembly Rooms website.

Edinburgh Sketcher art in Assembly Rooms