Urban Sketching Trail

Pick up a sketchbook and a pen or pencil and go urban sketching with this self-guided tour of some of
the Jewellery Quarter’s fascinating historic buildings and landmarks. Curated by Artist Ed Isaacs in
collaboration with the Jewellery Quarter Townscape Heritage Project, Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project
and the RBSA Gallery.

Urban Sketching is a fascinating way of exploring a neighbourhood and recording your travels and where better to have a go than Birmingham’s renowned Jewellery Quarter. Here you will find buildings and streets full of character and an area with a unique industrial heritage.

Key Hill Cemetery by Ed Isaacs
Warstone Lane Cemetery Lodge by Ed Isaacs

This leaflet contains 5 suggested sketching locations and loads of tips and tricks for urban sketching.
Download your copy and get started today!

Urban Sketching gallery

Ed Isaacs ran some walks around the Jewellery Quarter in 2020, here are some of the images to inspire you

Sketches of the Chamberlain clock, Warstone Lane Lodge and Key Hill Cemetery
Sketching outside Alabaster and Wilson
Key Hill Cemetery
Ed Isaacs and a sketching group
Sketches of Frederick Street and St Paul’s Square
The Old Fire Station

Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project


We are very excited about 'Diamonds in the Rough' a unique tour with storytelling & live performance, exploring queer history in the JQ Cemeteries for LGBT History Month.
Join Sheldon K Goodman and
Sacha Coward from @thecemeteryclub
on 12th-14th February:

#lgbthistory #valentinesday #birmingham #jewelleryquarter #jewelleryquarterbirmingham #cemetery #tour #birminghamheritage

Released to celebrate the Winter Solstice 2021, this video explores some of the nocturnal animals which make the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries their home. They might be hard to spot, but we can often see the traces they leave behind.

Emily Doyle @oldbort is a multidisciplinary visual artist who moved to the Jewellery Quarter as a student in 2015 and never left. Her practice focuses on the biological, looking for comfort in the physicality that connects us all during changing times. Throughout lockdown, Warstone Lane and Key Hill Cemeteries have been a source of inspiration and respite for Emily and the sites have shaped her creative output through 2020 and 2021, Like many, she has found the JQ Cemeteries to be a place of grounding and reflection.

Sustainability is at the forefront of Emily's work. The textile sculptures in this film were all made using reclaimed textiles, including some sourced through Scrapstore Birmingham.

This film commission was funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Birmingham City Council and Jewellery Quarter Development Trust

#cemetery #cemeterywildlife #fox #crochet #jewelleryquarterbirmingham

The star of the final @oldbort cemeyery seasons film of the year, which drops on 21st December has taken up residence right next to the @jqbid Christmas window at the Big Peg!
You can see this fox in his den anytime during the window trail. We can't wait for his on camera debut!
#crochet #creative #jewelleryquarter #birmingham #christmaswindow #jqchristmas #cemeterywildlife

This project is possible because of funding from: