Ulster Museum is hosting first late-night art event this Friday April 21st.

Visitors to the ‘Real Sketchy’ event can enjoy the chance to drink and draw their way around the museum’s vast collections, unleashing their inner artist along the way.

The new event is being held as part of the museum’s exceptionally popular Lines of Thought exhibition which is currently touring from the British Museum. Dedicated drawing areas will be set up so late-night revelers can sharpen their pencils and get sketching. From simple doodles plucked straight from the imagination to detailed masterpieces inspired by the great works around them, all artistic contributions will then be shared on projectors throughout the building.

For many, it wouldn’t be Friday night without a tipple so drinks will be served from four bars to get the creative juices flowing. However with major masterpieces from world famous artists like Michelangelo currently on display, restrictions will apply and visitors are being asked not to bring drinks into the Lines of Thought exhibition.

Opened in March, the Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now features seventy drawings from the British Museum’s internationally renowned graphic collection and explores the history of drawing as a thinking medium. The exhibition examines the enormous variety of ways in which artists have used drawing as a means of both recording and provoking thought from the fifteenth century to today. Placing contemporary artists side by side with master draftsmen across five centuries, the exhibition gives an insight into the minds of some of the world’s greatest artists including Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Picasso.

Welcoming the event, Hannah Crowdy, Interpretation Manager, National Museums Northern Ireland said “We are delighted to host this truly novel event as we are always looking for ways to open up the museum to new audiences and make the wonderful collections housed in the museum more accessible to all.

“A perception still exists that museums must be quiet, sober places so the Real Sketchy event gives us a great opportunity to turn this notion on its head. By inviting people to come to the museum to appreciate the collections, while socialising, we think we’ll create a real night to remember.”

As well as sharing drawings on the night, visitors are being asked to share their evening in the museum and the drawings they create on social media. To keep up with all of the action on the night, follow the hashtags #RealSketchy #LinesofThought


  • Real Sketchy event takes place at the Ulster Museum Friday 21 April 2017, ,7pm – 10pm
  • Event is open to strictly over-18s only
  • This is a free, drop-in event however booking is recommended. To book visit
  • The event will take place around the Ulster Museum (Nature Zone, History Zone, Art 1 and 2