The Big Draw Culture

The Big Draw – Art for all in Guildford!

Creative local residents can get involved in an exciting range of free events for all the family as part of The Big Draw this year. The Big Draw, which runs from 4 October to 1 November, is part of an international campaign to get people drawing with ‘It’s Our World’ as this year’s theme.

The Big Draw offers thousands of enjoyable drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators and each other. This year there will be an anticipated 280,000 people expected to join in over 1000+ events in the UK and 20 other participating countries.

There will be eleven Guildford venues taking part in the event for 2014, which is organised locally by the Guildford Borough Council’s Arts Development team. These include Watts Gallery, G Live, The Mill Studio, Tunsgate Arches, Guildford Cathedral, The Keystone Pub, Stoughton Methodist Church, The Boileroom, the Guildford Institute, Guildford House Gallery and The Electric Theatre.

Lead Councillor for Economic Development, Cllr Gordon Jackson says, “The aim of The Big Draw is to get everyone drawing. The workshops encourage everyone to explore new creative ideas and learn new skills. Anyone can join in our free events, from painting a door at The Keystone to a Halloween-themed drawing workshop at The Brew House (part of Guildford House Gallery). Come along and try something new, you might discover a hidden talent!”

The launch takes place on Saturday 4 October where residents can drop in and join artist Stacey Allan at The Mill Studio between 9.30am and 2pm to create their own paper windmills using a variety of mixed media. Kids can join the ‘It’s a bug’s life’ workshop at Tunsgate Arch from 12-5pm to try their hand at screen-printing.

Other highlights include a traditional drawing class at easels with G.F. Watts as instructor from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 11 October at Watts Gallery and the Paint a Door for The Big Draw at The Keystone from 12-5pm on Sunday 12 October. On Saturday, November 1, you can head down to Guildford Institute where you can create wire sculpted trees, fauna and flora or help create a giant cityscape for The Electric Theatre with artist Paul Clark, using shrink plastic and collage materials from 10am-2.30pm on October 12.

Local people can also enter The Big Draw poster art competition by picking up a brochure from the Tourist Information Centre, located in Guildford House at 155 High Street, Guildford.

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