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Sketch Tour Portugal

Writers and Urban Sketchers joint together on a special journey through Portugal.

In 2017, twenty-four urban sketchers from various nationalities were invited to take a journey showing their talent and getting to know the country in their own way, from a different perspective.

In 2021, a new edition of the Sketch Tour was designed with a new challenge, combining drawing with writing, that is, inviting urban sketchers and Portuguese writers.

The sketchers from various countries such as Spain, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Sweden and Egypt were joined by eleven reference authors and writers of the Portuguese language, from different generations: José Luís Peixoto, Dulce Maria Cardoso, Afonso Cruz, Gonçalo Cadilhe, Rui Cardoso Martins, Tiago Salazar, Marcela Costa, Matilde Campilho, Joel Neto and Jacinto Lucas Pires. The foreign sketchers included Lapin, Rita Sabler, Ian Fennelly, Simo Capecchi, Nina Johansson and Reham Ali.

Be surprised by the words and drawings and be inspired for your next trip to Portugal.

This initiative helped to raise the artistic value of on-location drawing and, at the same time, the artists had the chance to immerse themselves in places that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.

This project was a successful partnership between Turismo de Portugal and Urban Sketchers, a non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering a global community of artists who practice on-location drawing.

This website tells the story of the Sketch Tour Portugal, unveils some of the greatest moments our 24 invited sketchers went through and, hopefully, will inspire each one of you to travel more… and to live more creative lives.