Sketching in the Gallery

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Did you know you can sketch throughout the Gallery? Just grab your materials, come to the Gallery and get drawing.

You are welcome to bring your own stool to the Gallery. However, we may need to ask you to move if the Gallery gets very busy.


  • Sketching in exhibitions and displays is at the discretion of warding staff and may not be allowed
  • Sketching is not allowed in Sainsbury Wing exhibitions
  • Use a hand-held pad of paper, pencil, graphite stick or felt-tipped pens
  • Avoid materials such as pastels, wax crayons, charcoal and fountain pens


If you wish to use paint, or other oil/water-based media, request an application form from:

Getting Started

If you need some practical tips, or materials, to get you started with your drawing then borrow our free Keys to Creativity toolkit from the Sainsbury Wing Information Desk