The Big Draw Festival 2020

The Courtauld invites you and your family to be part of the world’s biggest community of drawing enthusiasts!

In 2020 The Big Draw Festival #ClimateOfChange focuses on the relationship between people and our living environments and ecosystems; highlighting how we live today and the ways in which we do and do not harmonise with nature.

Animals and plants have been a source of inspiration for many artists in our collection. From art about rural life and growth, to myths and legends, animals and plants are used by artists in many different ways. These animals and plants live in a complex network of environments — a habitat. Art looking at habitats and using plants as artistic materials can help us explore our relationship to wildlife and can help us think about how we care for animals and the future of our environment.

Join artists, creators, makers and experts Usarae Gul, Kathryn Poole, Drawing Room London’s Aurelia Lange, Rachel Sloan, Charlotte De Mille, Ade Adesina and Sam Hodge for this day long online festival! We invite you and your family to explore and get creative with your own habitat and materials you can find in your home, garden and local area to adventure through oceans, rainforests, the countryside, urban spaces and habitats in danger!

These short demonstrations are designed to inspire each of us to create more with what we have in our homes, help draw attention to the effects of climate change and will allow a rare up-close and personal object study session of little know works of animals from the Courtauld’s prints and drawings collection!

This event is suitable for anyone over 6 years old who is interested in reusing and recycling, making and drawing! Please note that all children should be supervised by an adult at all times while taking part.

The Big Draw Festival 2020

10 Oct - 9 Feb 2023

10 Oct - 9 Feb 2023






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