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The 10th BIG Draw in Nottingham


As you may know ‘The Big Draw” is a part of the ongoing  Campaign for Drawing across the UK. This year it’s celebrating 10 years of encouraging adults and children to get into drawing, something that I for one am very passionate about! The best part about the Big Draw is it crosses disciplines and explores not just art but also looks at ways of connecting creativity with science & technology and encourages people to participate with galleries, museums and other interesting spaces.

In their own words –

“Over 1000 venues will use drawing, painting and other creative media to connect visitors with museum and gallery collections, urban and rural spaces – and each other – in new and enjoyable ways.”

So what’s happening in Nottingham for ‘The Big Draw’ this October? Here are a few events that caught my eye:-

Apeing About – Evolving Drawings

Oct 10th –  10am -5pm @ Broadmarsh Shopping Centre Nottingham – Free Entry (All Ages)
Join our artists for a free, fun drawing activity – all ages welcome as we link to Darwin’s 200th anniversary celebrations. Explore our shared ancestry with apes – help our amazing ape drawings evolve by adding your own body, hand or feet outlines and imagery. All materials provided

All About Bones
Oct 27th and  29th  2pm – 4pm @ Wollaton Hall – Free event

Fun activities for children looking at the animal bones on display around the hall. Suitable for 5 – 10 years (children must be accompanied by an adult)
(I recall many a morbid hour spent gazing fascinated at Wollaton Hall’s taxidermy as a child!)

Summer Sci-Art Investigation : Body, Sun, Sand and Sea
Oct 10th 10am – 2pm @ Visual learning Lab (University of Nottingham)
Workshop lead by artist Yewande Okuleye and Scientist Dr Fergus Doherty. Explore nano,micro,macro and cosmic images through drawing. Then manipulate scale to show new and strange relationships.

A perfect example of how the Big Draw encourages creativity across disciplines and industries!

There are lots more events happening in the Nottingham area so please check out the  full programme of East Midlands Big Draw Events