Big Draw

The ‘Big Draw’ is a National event held annually in October and promoted by The Campaign For Drawing to encourage everyone to draw, even those who say “I can’t draw” and to use drawing to engage with the past, present and future.

Watch this space for details of the 2013 event…

Campaign for Drawing


In 2008 the Big Draw was celebrated in Ryde for the first time with two free events.

On the weekend of 18 and 19 October Ryde Social Heritage Group hosted ‘The Art of Remembrance’ in Ryde Cemetery. People were encouraged to be inspired by the beautiful surroundings or to contribute to two large drawings; one on four panels to interpret Ryde Cemetery and the other on 12 panels to interpret the town of Ryde. Many children and adults turned up to participate in the weekend and even the local policeman came along and added a drawing of Ryde Police Station to the big picture of Ryde.

Then on 23, 24 and 25 October St Thomas’ Heritage Centre, Ryde hosted an event for 200 school children and 100 other visitors who came to celebrate the ‘Big Draw’. This event organised jointly by Ryde Arts Festival and Ryde Social Heritage Group attracted local residents and visitors from as far away as Egypt. The children were encouraged to draw some of the buildings of Ryde and then, inspired by loaned Victorian costumes, they drew themselves in period clothing to produce a huge Portrait of Ryde. The schools taking part in the event at St Thomas’ Heritage Centre were Dover Park, Greenmount, Mayfield and Ryde Junior.


2009 Big Draw St Thomas’ Heritage Centre, Ryde

Wednesday 14 – Saturday 17 October 2009

‘Come along and help us to explore our Heritage Centre, its History and Architecture, drawing what you see, admire or would like to change.’

Experienced artists were on hand to help with and guide visitors’ drawings with all the art materials provided. School parties and local groups were invited to join in the fun with pre-booking available.