The Big Draw

Big Draw Day is this Saturday 9th October and numerous planned events are happening across the region.

‘October 2010 is Big Draw month in twenty countries and on five continents. Launched in 2000, this annual initiative has grown from 180 events in the UK to over 1500 worldwide. The Campaign aims to use drawing to connect visitors with museum and gallery collections, urban and rural spaces – and the wider community – in new and enjoyable ways.’

Quentin Blake, the famous illustrator of Roald Dahl’s children’s books is a founder patron of the Campaign for Drawing the organisation behind the Big Draw.

Some events in Portsmouth are:

Blue Reef Aquarium – Become an artist for the day as part of The Big Draw event. Sketch a seahorse, paint a puffer fish or create your own fishy work of art inspired by the amazing variety, patterns, colours, shapes and sizes of marine creatures.  Pictures will be entered into our Young Marine Artist of the Year competition.

Elm Grove Library, Elm Grove, Southsea – 10 Sketchbooks will be available to sign out and use with the title ‘Making your Mark on the Future’. This will be part of the ‘Visual Libraries Project‘ a collaborative international visual project that examines the creative use of sketchbooks in public libraries. From 8th November until the sketchbooks are full.

St Thomas’ Cathedral – Year 7 pupils will be working in conjuction with Artist-in-Residence, Pete Codling, to create a large scale drawing of Noah’s Ark in the Cathedral. From 1st-3rd November.

Aspex – 11am-3pm on 9th October. A free creative drawing workshop with artists Ilse Black and Melanie Rose.

Making Space – Havant – 10-3pm 30th October. A Halloween theme to get creative.

The School of Art Design and Media at The University of Portsmouth have turned the corridor at Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth into a large blackboard  and welcome everyone in the Faculty and beyond to come along and respond to the theme of the moment. Coloured chalks will be provided to draw with.
They plan to photograph it daily and when its full rub out and start again!
This for everyone to enjoy students, staff, visitors alike its your board for the rest of the month!

Wake Forest University Library Workshop

BIG Draw Day 2010


  1. Paul Gonella

    7 October

    If anyone is in Havant or Leigh Park there is also an event happening at Making Space on the 30th of October:


  2. claire sambrook

    7 October

    updated the post with this – ta.

  3. mydogsighs

    8 October

    doesnt matter what you draw. just draw. every day. without fail. its the only way my brain stays alive.

  4. Jane W

    10 February

    Also check http://www.newforestactivities.co.uk if you happen to be in hampshire

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