Stones Of Croydon: ‘Wish You Were Here’ Free Walking Drawing Tours


Join Turf Projects on this special series of nine free artist-led walking drawing tours in late January and throughout February. We will be visiting some of your favourite spots around Croydon’s Selhurst, South Norwood, Thornton Heath and Woodside including Crystal Palace dinosaurs, Stanley Halls, South Norwood Country Park, Crystal Palace Football Club… The workshops will take the form of a holiday in Croydon during which participants will turn their drawings into postcard images.

Participants will be asked to question how their twn can be presented to the outside world through a postcard sized sketch and an accompanying text.

All materials will be provided.

Admission is free, booking is advised as places are limited. Donations are accepted and will be put towards future Turf Projects events and exhibitions. Book here!

For all enquires please contact Alice Cretney at



Meet at Norwood Junction Train Station
29th January 16:00-17:30 (with James Yule)
5th February 16:00-17:30 (with Karolina Glusiec)
12th February 16:00-17:30 (with Mia Harris)


Saturday 31st January: Meet at Norwood Junction Train Station
Morning tour: 11:30-13:30 (with James Yule)
Afternoon tour: 14:30-16:30
 (with Warren Andrews)

Saturday 14th February: Meet at Selhurst Train Station
Morning tour: 11:30- 13:30 (with Charlie Reed)
Afternoon tour: 14:30-16:30 (with Sam Cotterell)

Saturday 28th February: Meet at Thornton Heath Train Station
Morning tour: 11:30-13:30 (with Karolina Glusiec)
Afternoon Tour: 14:30-16:30 (with Karolina Glusiec)


The Stones of Croydon workshops are based on John Ruskin’s principles outlined in ‘The Stones of Venice’ and are intended “not for the training of artists, but of people”.

Ruskin’s grandmother was thought to have owned a pub on Croydon High Street; and as a child spent a lot of time visiting his uncle and aunt on Middle Street. To mark this connection, all fortnightly classes are intended to take place in and around the Croydon area. Workshops are led by professionals from the various fields of art, design and architecture to literature; all areas that interested John Ruskin.


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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