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Drawing from nature

11 October 2006

Rich in archaeology, geology, history, royalty and wildlife - trying to capture all the features of Holyrood Park in one piece of artwork could prove decidedly tricky. However, each element does fuel the artistic imagination, and on Sunday October 15, visitors will be invited to utilise their creative talents and take part in ‘Big Draw Nature’ at Holyrood Park Education centre, an event which is part of the nationwide Big Draw weekend.

From 10.00am – 2.00pm, visitors will work with local artist, Jessica Lloyd Jones creating drawings and sculptures using the volcanic rock in Holyrood Park as their inspiration. A variety of different art techniques will be used to create the volcanoes, so visitors should come prepared to erupt with ideas!

Bob Tevendale, Interpretation Officer for Historic Scotland, "The Park is a favourite landscape for both local people and visitors, a real treasure in the heart of our city. Artists often come to draw here, not just because it is peaceful, but because the landscape is really varied and interesting.

The Park’s link with a volcanic past gave our artist the inspiration to concentrate on this theme.  People are always interested and fascinated in volcanoes, and so we are sure they will enjoy creating their own!"

Holyrood Park ‘Big Draw Nature’ is on Sunday 15 October, between 10.00am and 2.00pm.  The event is free and suitable for the whole family.

Also this Sunday, rangers at Holyrood Park will be taking visitors on a journey into the wild!  Meeting at 1.00pm, and suitable for adults and older children, ‘Holyrood’s Harvest’ is a guided walk looking at wild plants and their uses.  A great way to get out on a Sunday and discover what nature’s harvest has to offer – it beats Sunday dinner any day!  The walk lasts around two hours and places can be booked at 0131 652 8150.

Notes for editors
  • ‘Big Draw Nature’ is on Sunday 15 October, from 10.00am - 2.00pm in Holyrood Park Education Centre.  Entry is free.
  • The Big Draw weekend is designed to encourage more people to get involved with art. To find out more visit www.thebigdraw.org.uk .
  • Other Historic Scotland sites staging events open to the public as part of The Big Draw are Stirling Castle, Skara Brae and Fort George.
  • ‘Holyrood’s Harvest’ is a separate event also on Sunday 15 October 2006. This guided walk with a Historic Scotland Ranger starts at Dunsapie Car Park at 1.00pm and will take around two hours.  Visitors are advised to wrap up warm and wear stout footwear.  Places can be booked at 0131 652 8150.
  • One of Edinburgh’s most famous and popular historic landmarks, Holyrood Park encompasses a 5-mile radius of land and has probably been a Royal Park since the 12th century.
  • Holyrood Park is in the care of Historic Scotland which is responsible for maintaining the natural environment and presenting the Park for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors.  The Ranger Service based at Holyrood cares for this unique historic and natural attraction and provides a range of important educational services.
  • Historic Scotland cares for 345 splendid properties and sites throughout Scotland – from prehistoric dwellings and stone circles, to castles and palaces, abbeys and cathedrals.

For further information


Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959
kate.turnbull@scotland.gsi.gov.uk