You too can be part of the world's biggest drawing festival!
These events are for those who love to draw, and those who think they can't.
This is the 14th year of the Big Draw. Since it started in 2000, The Big Draw has:
- encouraged over 1,000,000 people to get back to drawing
- created the longest drawing in the world (the world record was set at 1 kilometre)
- organised the greatest number of people drawing simultaneously (c.7,000)
- created enjoyable drawing spaces in national museums, Trafalgar Square, Somerset House - and the underground tunnel which runs between the museums in South Kensington!
- created hundreds of new and enjoyable drawing activities that connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists - and each other.
|Drawing faces at the National Portrait Gallery in 2012|
Image courtesy of The Big Draw
What is The Big Draw?The Big Draw is run by the Campaign for Drawing - set up by Quentin Blake. The original inspiration came from visionary Victorian artist and writer John Ruskin, whose mission was to teach people how to see through drawing.
The Campaign for Drawing aims to get everyone drawing. It raises drawing’s profile as a powerful tool for thinking, creating and communicating. Its long-term ambition is to change the way drawing is perceived and used by the public and professionals.The Campaign’s annual flagship, The Big Draw, proves that drawing can be a public activity as well as a private passion.
The Campaign also demonstrates that drawing can also connect communities. Over 1000 organisations in the UK and fifteen other countries participate - including India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Brazil. They all offer events for all ages and abilities.
Drawing is important for happiness and a sense of complete humanity.Andrew Marr, Campaign PatronThis is the 14th Big Draw and there will be events in over 750 venues across the UK in October.
With the Big Draw we seem to have struck something in the national consciousness - it's as though everybody had just been waiting to be told that they are allowed to draw. Perhaps it isn't surprising - we live under a bombardment of manufactured images, and in the face of that we need to be able to draw as a way of discovering the reality of the world about us, as well as the life in ourselves. Sir Quentin Blake, Campaign Patron