STEAM into some drawing at Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral will once again join historic monuments and arts and science venues across the globe this week as members of the public are invited to take part in the Big Draw Festival 2016.

The Big Draw theme this year is the STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival. Bringing together Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths, the festival looks at how innovation, enterprise, technology and the arts fuse together. Members of the public are invited to take part at Durham Cathedral on Thurs 27 October from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

For this years’ event at Durham Cathedal, a fabulous three-dimensional piece of artwork will be created using the public’s drawings of the Cathedral. Whether inspired by historical architects’ drawings and plans, or imagining what the Cathedral will look like in the future, this event will have something for everyone, from those who love to draw and those who think they can’t!

Head of Education at Durham Cathedral, Charlotte Rowbotham, said: “Every year we are bowled over by the artwork handed in as part of the Big Draw Festival. It is always a great pleasure to see tiny toddlers, barely able to hold a crayon being inspired alongside experienced adult artists, but it is even more lovely to meet those who class themselves as ‘non-drawers’ having a go at putting down on paper how this truly beautiful building moves them.”
In addition to the main Big Draw event, the Cathedral is encouraging families with children aged three and over to get a Big Draw Backpack, available from Mon 24 to Thurs 27 October from 10.30am to 4.30pm. The backpacks are crammed full with drawing materials, paper, and a guide to parts of the Cathedral children might wish to draw. The finished drawings can be posted into a special Big Draw post box, with the work then exhibited as part of the main Big Draw event.

The Big Draw is an international event, with organisations taking part from as far afield as the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, The Picasso Creative Arts Gallery in Hong Kong, and ArtBox in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2015, The Big Draw included over 1,000 organisations with over 400,000 people participating.

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