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Embark on an art adventure at The Big Draw

RUGBY Art Gallery and Museum promises a messy, fun art adventure at this year's Big Draw celebration.

The free event on Saturday 19 October offers visitors the chance to draw, paint, print and play, embracing the creative spirit and exploring the gallery's latest exhibition, The Printed Line.

The Big DrawThe Big Draw includes an array of art activities based on the exhibition, which includes works from artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and David Hockney.

From water-marbling inspired by Bridgit Skiold to etching celebrating the work of Derrick Greaves, the event encourages visitors to experiment with new styles and techniques.

Messy play trays look set to keep younger children entertained, drawing, painting and printing with a wide range of materials, including wooden blocks, plastic bricks and forks.

A foam printing workshop gives visitors the chance to contribute to a large, collaborative piece in the venue's foyer, while Alchemy host a flag-making workshop in the Floor One Gallery inspired by the arts collective's new exhibition, Vaguely Nelson and Other Work.

The Big Draw also includes a giant, floor-based Spirograph drawing session and a celebration of Simon Patterson's The Great Bear, an alternative version of the iconic London Underground map which features in The Printed Line.

During the event, visitors can take a strip of electrical tape on arrival and help extend Patterson's map on to the gallery's floor.

And illustrator Emily Honey brings her Doodle Station to The Big Draw, encouraging visitors to delight in doodling and create a work of art to take home. 

Cllr Jill Simpson-Vince, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said: "The Big Draw caters for artists of all ages and abilities, so it's a great opportunity to explore Rugby Art Gallery and Museum and get creative."

Now in its 19th year, The Big Draw has established itself as the world's biggest drawing festival and promotes visual literacy and drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.

The Big Draw runs at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum from 11am to 3pm, with all sessions free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Printed Line runs at the art gallery until Saturday 9 November, while Alchemy's Vaguely Nelson and Other Work runs in the Floor One Gallery from Saturday 12 October to Wednesday 23 October.

For more information about events and exhibitions at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, visit 


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