Flying Books

a shared sketchbook project

Introducing Flying Books

Suitcase of Fifty Books
In the beginning, there is always a small blank notebook.

To become a sketchbook, it fills with drawings, painting, collage, writing and miscellaneous flat things.

To become a Flying Book, it is shared around. Passing from person to person, the book fills up page by page.

There are over a hundred Flying Books at present  - some are full, others ongoing, some have just started.

Since 2005 when the first of these books was begun, several hundred people of all ages – artists and non-artists – have joined in the project.

Each sketchbook has a different theme, some of which you can see here:

They are packed up into Flying Book Cases and often on the road, although their origins are in Brighton; the project was set up by Clare Nias, artist and art tutor.

The Flying Books project grew out of courses and workshops run by Clare Nias on the theme of Sketchbooks.

Events linked to Flying Books and involving shared sketchbooks include:

The Brunswick Festival Community Sketchbook

Brighton Car Boot Sketchbook

Cornerstone Community Centre: classes and workshops

Phoenix Arts classes and workshops

Red Herring Open Studios

City College Brighton and Hove Connaught Centre

Brighton Festival Open Houses

The Sussex Beacon

‘Take a Walk in My Shoes’: a project for looked after children

Friends Centre Adult Ed Courses and Workshops

The Big Draw 2010: West Sussex

To find out about Flying Book project events, courses and workshops, email Clare on