Join us as we explore the life-enhancing role of mark making and drawing with artists throughout the gallery.
Manchester Art Gallery
Sunday 29 September 2019, 11am–4pm
Visual literacy charity The Big Draw have been uniting people, pencils and pixels across the globe for the 19 years and this year their annual celebration of creativity The Big Draw Festival launches at Manchester Art Gallery. Drawn To Life: Creativity and wellbeing is a free, open to all, creative extravaganza delivered by artists throughout the gallery.
Cartoonist and illustrator Jim Medway will be working with POSCA pens in the gallery’s glass atrium entrance.
Doodling on the windows, participants will be invited to doodle “what makes you feel good?”, creating anthropomorphic mascot characters for positivity.
Smaller acetate versions will be cut out and added to a hanging mobile what will grow throughout the day.
Learning studio 1
Relax in artist Tavia Panton’s dreamscape installation and make your own dream catcher artworks to take home.
Learning studio 2
Artist Anthony Hall creates kinetic artworks; sculptures and installations, often using sonic, mechanical, fluidic, electronic or biological elements. For the Big Draw 2019, Tony is creating a new interactive workshop that invites people to make meditative pendulum drawings with sand and every hour there will be a giant paint pendulum performance!
Anthony’s activity will be based in Learning studio 2
Lowry and Valette Gallery
Experiment with embroidery and mark making with artist Sam Owen Hull. Exploring the idea of contrasts, we’ll use thread and colour to draw connections between her practice and the work of Valette and Lowry, constructing a playful response in the gallery as well as drawings to take home.
Clore Art Studio
Artist duo Interference Art will be helping make Take Notice Tools. Encouraging people to slow down and connect with art to enhance their wellbeing. Families will use a range of colourful collage materials to create their Take Notice Tool, which will then help them navigate the galleries collections and make drawings of the things they noticed!
This activity is linked to Manchester Art Gallery’s And Breath… exhibition which explores the relationship between Mindfulness and Art.
Rabia Begum – Using drawing and the sound of water/rain as tools, let’s imagine a world where we co-exist in harmony, protecting creatures and embodying kindness to everything we encounter through imagining our selves to be other creatures / objects.
Gallery 9 and 10
Naomi Kendrick – De-stress and draw with artist Naomi Kendrick. Find your flow as you mark-make to music in the beautiful gallery spaces. Music and materials inspired by art on display.
The Big Draw 2019
The launch marks the start of the official Big Draw Festival month (throughout October) which sees over 500,000 visitors enjoy thousands of events hosted by Big Draw Co-creators, at all kinds of venues, in over 25 countries worldwide.
This year, The Big Draw Festival theme: Drawn To Life: Creativity & Wellbeing invites event organisers and visitors to explore the benefits of being actively creative to make positive change and improve wellbeing for both individuals and communities. This year, The Big Draw Festival will bring people together to champion the mounting evidence, both anecdotal and academic, that a more creative life really can improve your health.
The 2019 Festival will highlight the role of mark making and drawing – in its widest possible interpretation, as a life-enhancing tool not only to help express and navigate the challenges of life around us but also as a tool for healing.