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The Big Draw

In October 2013, Historic Scotland ran a series of events as part of The Big Draw, the world’s largest drawing festival.  This annual UK-wide event aims to help raise awareness of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement.

As well as drawing activities available for public visitors to sites, the Historic Scotland’s Learning Services team co-ordinated artist-led sessions for a range of community groups at different sites across the country.

These included adult learners, young people and under-represented group including those whose members have social or mental health problems.

In Perth and Kinross, artist James Gow worked with a Family Travellers group and an S3 Youth Achievement group to explore and create drawings inspired by Lochleven Castle. You can see photographs of their project and the artwork they produced via the links below.

Link to S3 Youth group photos [pdf, 7mb]

Link to family Travellers photos [pdf, 4mb]

Link to artwork exhibition (coming soon)

In Linlithgow, artist Leo Du Feu worked with local residents from a variety of groups to explore and get inspiration from Linlithgow Palace and Peel. You can see photographs of their project via the link below:

Linlithgow project with artist Leo Du Feu [pdf, 930kb]

Look out for future Big Draw activities coming to a site near you in 2014!

Contact us

Learning Development Officer
Historic Scotland
Fort George
By Ardersier
Tel: 01667 460 208