Release Date: 20 April 2012
A community arts event that saw more than 700 budding artists gather at Stroud's Museum in the Park to sketch and draw has been singled out for a national award by The Campaign for Drawing.
The event held last October was part of The Big Draw, an annual month-long festival of more than one thousand events across the UK. Stroud's Big Draw event, organised by the Museum in the Park and Stroud School of Art, attracted hundreds of visitors with students, tutors and professional artists encouraging everyone of all ages and abilities to join in and get creative.
Stroud's Big Draw event won the NADFAS (The National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies) Award, as the best event held in a gallery, museum or historic property that engages young people creatively with its collection.
Amanda Lowery from Stroud School of Art and Ann Taylor, representing the Museum in the Park, will be presented with a cheque for £1,000 and a unique certificate designed by Quentin Blake at an awards ceremony held at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London on 17 May.
Amanda Lowery from Stroud School of Art said: "Working together on The Big Draw was fantastic for everyone involved, with so many people exploring and drawing the stories behind the exhibits. We're lucky to have so rich a community resource as the Museum, and this award celebrates the strong spirit of partnership between our Art School and local Museum."
Ann Taylor, Learning Programmes Officer, said: "'We are delighted that Museum objects have provided such inspiration, in particular for young people. This award further strengthens the partnership working between the Museum in the Park and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. We look forward to future 'Big Draw' events, engaging more students in history and art.'
There will be another Big Draw at the Museum this October - watch out for further details nearer the time!