Pencils at the ready for the Big Draw 2020

Every October, the world’s biggest celebration of drawing takes place across the globe. Since launching in 2000, organisers of The Big Draw Festival have helped to encourage over 4 million people in 25 countries back to the drawing board. So get your pencils at the ready for the Big Draw 2020.

October seems to be *the* month to get creative, not only is it Inktober (create 31 drawings in 31 days) but it’s also home to the Big Draw Festival. The Big Draw’s mission is to help people express themselves through the universal language of drawing. Each year hundreds of partners from all over the world, ranging from individual artists to universities and creative charities provide thousands of enjoyable and experimental drawing activities.

The Big Draw itself is an arts education charity and the founder and driving force behind the festival. They believe that ‘everyone can draw’. They also promote drawing as a universal language that has the power to change lives and unite people of any age, background, race, or religion from around the globe.

Local Event

One of this year’s participating groups is Blackpool-based Aunty Social. Drawn (pun very much intended) to the idea that the Big Draw Festival is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can’t, Aunty decided to put on a relaxed Big Draw life drawing event streamed live from Bootleg Social in Blackpool. Working with performance artist Harry Clayton-Wright, Aunty will host a Zoom-based life drawing session where participants can sketch away while looking at a variety of poses that use improvised props and costume accessories that highlight this year’s festival theme #ClimateOfChange. There will be a playlist of songs to accompany the drawing session as well as some commentary from the artist.

Organiser Catherine said “We wanted to do something that allows people to be creative in the comfort and safety of their own home while keeping it lighthearted and entertaining. We were really keen to work with an artist and approached Harry, who has experience as a life drawing model and knows how to really inject that element of fun into an event.”

Events info


So what are you waiting for, grab your pencil and paper and get sketching!

“We’re really pleased to be a Big Draw partner, we’re joining a global community to celebrate the universal language of drawing.”

Harry Clayton-Wright photographed by Eivind Hansen
More on this year’s theme: #ClimateOfChange

The rapid current state of environmental changes, socio-political and economic change spur us to consider our relationship with the planet and the planet to humankind as a whole. The Big Draw 2020 theme A Climate of Change encourages and underlines the relationship between people and our living environments and ecosystems and highlights how we live today and the ways in which we do – and do not – harmonise with nature.


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