Live from the USk Manchester Symposium #1

USk Manchester Symposium day 1 / Simpósio USk em Manchester dia 1

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By mid-morning of the 27th of July, sketchers started to gather in the streets around the Benzie Building of the Manchester School of Art. A few of them sat around to sketch the atmosphere and some of the iconic buildings of and around the Manchester Metropolitan University.

A meio da manhã de 27 de Julho, vários desenhadores começaram a juntar-se nas ruas em torno do Edifício Benzie da Manchester School of Art. Alguns deles polvilhavam os passeios, desenhando o ambiente e alguns dos edifícios icónicos em torno da Manchester Metropolitan University.

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The faculty members, instructors and correspondents – that included Luís Frasco and myself – had a small reception where the tireless Simone Ridyard, along with fellow organizers Elizabeth Alley and Fernanda Vaz de Campos, briefed everybody on how to manage the workshops, activities and participants. Afterwards, everybody got to introduce themselves and what was their role in the Symposium.

Os formadores, instrutores e correspondentes – que incluia o Luís Frasco e eu próprio – foram chamados para uma pequena recepção, onde a incansável Simone Ridyard, acompanhada das colegas organizadoras Elizabeth Alley e Fernanda Vaz de Campos instruiu todos sobre como gerir as oficinas, as actividades e os participantes. Depois todos tiveram a oportunidade de se apresentarem e falarem um pouco do seu papel no Simpósio.

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Reception of the participants was being handled by the hard working volunteers of the Symposium, while slowly, art material shops started to pop up on the ground floor of the building.

A recepção dos participantes ia sendo gerida pelos voluntários laboriosos do Simpósio, enquanto, lentamente, bancas de material de arte começavam a aparecer no piso térreo do edifício.

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Everyone got the afternoon off until 6pm, when the official reception of the participants was due to start at the Manchester City Council. The astonishing number of 470 sketchers gathered in the grand and opulent main hall of the Council! There were drinks to grease the conversation – as if lubricant was needed for a conversation to spur between two Urban Sketchers – and music to soothe the soul. A wonderful string quartet known as The Dotted Crotchets played classical interpretations of rock songs from the past and present. Later, Phil Griffin led the opening speeches with a little help from his British humour and Urban Sketchers President Elizabeth Alley.

Todos tiveram a tarde de folga até às seis da tarde, quando começava a recepção oficial dos participantes no Manchester City Council. O alucinante número de 470 desenhadores agregava-se no grande salão do Council! Havia bebidas para olear a conversa – como se fosse necessário lubrificiar a conversa entre dois Urban Sketchers – e música para suavizar a alma. Um maravilhoso quarteto de cordas conhecidos como The Dotted Crotchets tocava interpretações clássicas de canções de rock do passado e do presente. Mais tarde, O Phil Griffin liderou os discursos de abertura com a ajuda do seu humor Inglês e da Presidente dos Urban Sketchers Elizabeth Alley.

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Author: Pedro Loureiro

I was born on the southwestern-most tip of Europe, in Lagos, Portugal. A childhood of legos and sandcastles led me to architecture school, but an adolescence of doodling drove me to sketching and later to illustration. I like to sketch, to travel and to chop vegetables into tiny manageable bits. I also like maps. The older the better!

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