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Frequently asked questions about Sketch on the Square 

No, but don’t worry, you can book a free Gallery entry ticket online, or by scanning a QR code outside of the Gallery entrance, or in person at our ticket desk.

Please note you will need a Gallery entry ticket to be able to access the collection, shops and toilet facilities. 

The British weather is unpredictable and running any kind of event outdoors comes with risk. On rare occasions, due to heavy rain or wind, it will not be possible for us to run advertised workshops or drop-in sessions. Before you travel to the Trafalgar Square, please check our website to see if we are running events that day. 

The easels are socially distanced and will be allocated to 1 person (or family) at a time and will be wiped down after every use.

Hand sanitiser will be available at each easel. Shared materials will be regularly cleaned, but please feel free to bring your own.

Art materials can also be purchased at our festival partner, Cass Art on Charing Cross Road, or in the National Gallery Shop (Gallery entry ticket required).

If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with COVID-19, please delay your visit until it is safe to do so.

You are welcome to use the toilet facilities in the National Gallery, but you will need to book a separate Gallery entry ticket to gain access to the building.

Public toilet facilities are also located on the west side of Trafalgar Square at the base of the central staircase. There is a small charge to use this facility. 

Our sessions have been designed for everyone. All our easels can be raised or lowered, and gallery stools are available on request. Trafalgar Square is flat and easily negotiable with a wheelchair.

If you want a rest from working at the easel, the National Gallery Café will be popping up in Trafalgar Square, by the Fourth Plinth, serving drinks and light bites.  

Grab a coffee, sit back, bask in the sun (hopefully), and enjoy the spectacular views across London from the terrace.  

Please pack lightly, as we will not be operating a cloakroom facility. Place your belongings somewhere you can always see them and keep purses and bags closed and secured. Don’t forget to take them with you when you leave!

Of course, feel free to take photographs for personal, non-commercial use, but please don’t take pictures of people outside of your own family and friends without permission. 

We would love to see the work you create during the festival. Tag us in your posts on social media at:

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