The Big Draw

As our columnist Will Aslett recently pointed out, the words ‘I can’t draw’ are rather a nonsense. 

Protective headgear is not always necessary when drawing.
Protective headgear is not always necessary when drawing.

Aiming to banish those three little words once and for all, The Big Draw campaign is back, boasting a month of events to get people doodling.

Little people making big drawings
Little people making big drawings

The charity-run initiative’s long-term goal is to help raise the profile of drawing, making people see the art form as ‘a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement’.

A family having a doodle
A family having a doodle

The Big Draw launched in 2000, and has since expanded to run in in 15 countries, with more than 200 000 people expected to take part, according to the organisation.

Hurray for drawing
Hurray for drawing

This year’s five-week long campaign will see events take place in venues including the National Gallery, Houses of Parliament, Manchester’s National Football Museum and Bridgewater Hall, Whipsnade Zoo, Dove Cottage and Jaywick Martello Tower, taking in activities, workshops and performances.

Future landscapes - electronic drawing
Future landscapes – electronic drawing

The 2013 theme is Draw Tomorrow, and as such, many activities have something of a futuristic feel. Much of the programme will explore ways to draw the future, with sci-fi fantasy scribblings sharing the page with forward-thinking ideas for sustainability and city planning.

Who would live in a house like this?
Who would live in a house like this?

On 12 October, east London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be taken over by artists and visitors invited to respond the post-2012 space through sketches, murals, music, dance, animation and electric drawings. You can find out more here.

Drawing is for all ages
Drawing is for all ages

The Big Draw runs until 3 November at various venues across Britain. For more information visit the website 

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