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The Big Draw at Rufford Craft Centre 2014

Big Draw 2014 starts in October and Rufford Craft Centre and Nottinghamshire has big plans to make this one the best yet! 

The Big Draw is the world’s biggest celebration of drawing. It has grown into a month-long festival running throughout October in all parts of the UK. Every year more organisers across the world join the Big Draw family and run drawing events to engage their communities in creative activities. See more about the Campaign for Drawing. This independent charity raises the profile of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement.  

website: www.thebigdraw.org

Big Draw events at Rufford

This year's theme is 'It's Our World'

This is a celebration of our environment - of urban and rural landscapes.

Rufford's Big Draw will coincide with commemoration of WW1 and we are producing an exhibition that respectfully nods towards this event by commissioning artists to work around the county to produce artworks with groups that take inspiration from this.

The exhibition

7 October – 16 November with an opening event 5 October, 2pm - 4pm 

Free Big Draw workshops

25 October – 2 November, Big Art Space, Rufford Craft Centre, 11am - 4pm

Drop in – No need to book.

The title chosen for the exhibition is “Future Fields” and the Big Draw activities at Rufford will link to this theme.

Using the idea of poppy seed balls we will create thousands of future fields of poppies by mixing clay, soil and seeds with water and then embellishing them with drawings and marks with tools, stamps, found objects and by drawing in 3D turning the materials into mini seed head sculptures.

We have produced a free How To Sheet for download and any groups who want to use this and join in with our Big Draw are welcome to do so.

Future Fields seed balls/creations made by groups can be taken to Rufford to become part of the exhibition we will not be able to return the exact one everyone makes.

How To...

We always create a How To sheet for our events. Here are the 2014 sheets for Future Fields 2014:

 Previous Years' How To sheets

For more ideas download our Big Draw How To sheets from past years.

Other ways to get involved…

If you are a school or group interested in a visit to Rufford during September/October you could book a Big Draw day with our artists’ team.

If you are interested in running your own big draw there are lots of ideas on the campaign for drawing website and you can register your event on line.

Run your own Big Draw!

Do you work with a group or in a venue? Are you a leader, a teacher, a carer or a volunteer?

Anyone can run a Big Draw event and it doesn’t need to be huge to count. Drawing is a fantastic way to work together and have fun in any setting. It engages all ages and abilities and you don’t need to be an artist to do it.

These fantastic training days are suitable for all and will give you LOADS of ideas to try out.

Big Draw training days - Rufford Craft Centre

Big Draw Training 1 – Wednesday 25 February 2015
10am – 3pm
Big Art Space 
Fee £40

Focus on practical drawing activities for drawing for engagement in all settings and ideas for how to use Big Draw to achieve your own aims.

Booking via eventbrite - http://bigdrawtraining1rufford25feb2015.eventbrite.co.uk

Big Draw 2 - Thursday 26 February 2015
10am – 3pm
Big Art Space 
Fee £40

More ideas for using drawing for engagement. Wider activities for drawing throughout the year and working with others to do a Big Draw with partners.
Suitable for those who have attended Big Draw Training 1

Booking via eventbrite – http://bigdrawtraining2rufford26feb2015.eventbrite.co.uk

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Big Draw events around the county

Check out other Big Draw events in Nottinghamshire. 

And visit the Family Arts Festival pages for eye-boggling arts for all the family from 17 October - 2 November 2014

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