The Big Draw at Rufford Craft Centre 2014
We are looking forward to Big Draw 2014 for Rufford and Nottinghamshire. We have 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.
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.
Ruffords 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 of these works will be at Rufford from 5 October – 16 November which encompasses Big Draw and remembrance Sunday.
The title now 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 seedhead sculptures.
We will as usual produce 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. We are currently testing recipes and the How too will appear in plenty of time for October events.
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.
We are also looking at other extension ideas for working with poppy seeds, eg papermaking, bread, rangoli and from small to large scale drawing of seed heads… watch this space!
We always create a How To sheet for our events. The 2014 sheet will be published soon.
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.