February 3, 2017
The Big Draw is the world’s largest drawing festival,and in October 2016, it had the theme: “STEAM”, designed to give the arts parity with “Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics”, so that STEM becomes STEAM.
Kate Mason, director of The Big Draw, commented:
“Reading and writing are key and help shape us – but it is drawing which helps us see and explore. There are many languages, but only drawing is truly universal.”
Artist Rachael Bennett master-minded the Teignmouth-based Big Draw project and applied for funding to THF to help with the cost of engaging young people in the project. Rachael and her team of artists ran three experimental drawing workshops for young people and one drawing workshop for youngsters with learning disabilities. The resulting work was on show at TAAG and at the Pavilions Teignmouth.
The aim of The Big Draw is to celebrate, educate, inspire and push boundaries of what drawing is and does. We aim to continue to firmly establish TAAG and Teignmouth as a centre for excellence in the arts.
The Big Draw show at TAAG was a wonderful success. Rachael and her team were congratulated by the Big Draw national organisation, having entered the project into a competition. Over 1000 visitors viewed the exhibition and the workshops were particularly good. Huge thanks to all who took part.