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Drawing on Life

A three-day drawing spectacular kicks off on Friday in London to launch the annual Big Draw 2008 - a national month-long celebration of all aspects of drawing.

This weekend's festival - entitled Drawing on Life: The Big Draw Launch - is hosted by Wellcome Collection and UCL in central London and will combine science, medicine and art.

Animators and illustrators will join forces with neurologists and geneticists, combining their talents to inspire people of all ages and abilities to draw in celebration of life and what it means to be human.

'Drawing on Life' is a free festival with more than 40 interactive events and creative experiences. Scientists from UCL and Queen Mary, University of London will collaborate with British and international artists to help visitors explore their understanding of the human mind and body.

Children drawing

Dates and times:
Friday 26 September (launch): Wellcome Collection, 19.00-22.00
Saturday 27 September: UCL and Wellcome Collection, 11.00-17.00
Sunday 28 September: Wellcome Collection, 11.00-17.00

Highlights of the weekend line-up at Wellcome Collection include illustrator Steven Appleby drawing in response to the live music of beatboxer Nathan 'Flutebox' Lee, and workshops where participants can draw graphic scores for the premiere of a new choral work to be performed by members of the public together with Exaudi, one of Britain’s most exciting young new music groups.

Visitors can try their hand creating body maps, ultraviolet mobiles, modern-day votives, slogans on body issues, and characters, sets and dramas for the Little Theatre of Disease and Desire. Professor Semir Zeki, Director of the Institute of Neuroaesthetics at UCL, will talk about Ambiguities in Art and the Brain, while Professor Ray Dolan investigates the emotional brain, and science historian Professor Arthur Miller compares the thought processes of artists and scientists.

On Saturday 27 September, UCL presents a complementary programme across its neighbouring Bloomsbury campus. Visitors can make experimental music with Sam Belinfante’s Drawing Machine, play Frankenstein by creating their own monsters, and join artist Richard Wentworth and scientist Mark Lythgoe as they walk, map and re-draw their environment.

Geneticist Professor Steve Jones will entertain with a talk about snails, evolution and camouflage before the snails take revenge by eating portraits of Prof Jones and Charles Darwin – very slowly.

People drawing

Participating artists include: Steven Appleby, Ben Ashton, Daniel Baker, Heather Barnett, Sam Belinfante, Rebecca Birch, Patrick Blower, Julian Burton, Matt Caines, Natalie Gale, Tessa Garland, Antony Hall, Abbie Hunt, Jonathan Huxley, Tess Laurence, Jared Louche, Mobile Studio, Christian Nold, Albert Potrony, Matty Pye, Sholto and Hugo Brown, Andrew Stahl, Finlay Taylor, Tim Wainwright, Richard Wentworth, Gary Woodley.


Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road

Fri 26 Sep: 19.00 – 22.00
Sat 27 Sep: 11.00 – 17.00
Sun 28 Sep: 11.00 – 17.00

All events are FREE.

University College London

Gower Street

Sat 27 Sep: 11.00 – 17.00

All events are FREE

Other highlights:

The Big Draw at St Pancras International, 10-18 October 2008

Discover what makes this iconic structure great in a free week-long festival of experimental drawing activities. 
The Campaign for Drawing is holding its first major event at St Pancras station.

On 11 October – National Big Draw Day – explore the station’s past and present engineering feats with ‘Walk & Draw’ tours led by expert drawers from some of the UK’s leading architectural and engineering practices, including AHMM, AKT, BDP, Evolve, Expedition Engineering, Foster + Partners, make, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Van Heyningen + Haward, WCRS (Advertising Agency) and Zaha Hadid.

St Pancras drawing event

In the Upper Concourse, free workshops organised by Drawing at Work will investigate perspective, space and visualisation. At noon, Alistair Lansley, the architect who managed the station’s redevelopment, will share his unique overview. Rarely seen archival images from the V&A & RIBA collections provide a historical context for journeys through space and time.

Family activities will run concurrently with the drawing expeditions, using sketches and pictionary to tell the story of the station in storyboards.

From 13-17 October, school groups are invited on guided tours of the station led by Engineering and Design Ambassadors before taking part in a project to imagine and design the stations of the future. This aims to encourage young visitors to recognise the creativity and challenges of designing for construction and for a sustainable future. The education programme is supported by The Royal Academy of Engineering.

Big Picture Party logo

The Festival’s humorous finale; Cartoon Capers (18 October), is for visitors who want to learn the art of satire, ‘the strip’ and face stretching.  Join hourly workshops (10-5pm) with the Professional Cartoonists Organisation. From 3-5pm, these crafty caricaturists will cross pencils with teams of renowned cartoonists from The Independent, The Guardian and Private Eye, in a two-hour marathon to create the most sensational banners in the annual Battle of the Cartoonists.

The Big Picture Party at The British Library
27 October 11.00–16.30, FREE

Join famous illustrators, authors and performers in an exciting day of drawing and storytelling workshops.  Meet Quentin Blake, Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo), Emily Gravett, and Chris Riddell (The Edge Chronicles) and watch them bring your favourite characters to life on the epic Big Draw frame, in the British Library piazza.

Booktrust, The Campaign for Drawing and the Campaign for Learning are collaborating on this event, which aims to encourage family learning, reading, creativity and enjoyment.

last updated: 22/09/2008 at 18:19
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