Blind Veterans UK Brighton Wins Award in The Big Draw Campaign

Date
28 March 2013 15:00

Blind Veterans UK Brighton wins a prestigious Drawing Inspiration Award from the Campaign for Drawing for an outstanding Big Draw event, The Physical Line.

Blind Veterans UK Brighton wins a prestigious Drawing Inspiration Award from the Campaign for Drawing for an outstanding Big Draw event, The Physical Line. The award and a commemorative certigicate designed by Campaign Patron Sir Quentin Blake were presented by Luke Gardiner, a Trustee of the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust. Well done to everyone involved in The Big Draw at our Brighton centre, this is a fantastic achievement!


In October 2012, a large corridor in the Blind Veterans UK Rehabilitation Department was dedicated to The Big Draw. The range of tactile drawing techniques was accessible to everyone, both sighted and non-sighted, young and old. Drawing with wool fed through empty biro cases on large Velcro sheets created woolly line drawings. Colourful abstracts were made by wrapping wool around nails on a board. Sheets of paper inscribed with fine raised dots using a pouncing tool were wrapped around jam jars to make unique vases. The swimming pool window became a gallery for acetate cut-outs, some pre-cut, others made on the spot to respond to the unfolding narrative, and this has remained in place. Adding to a collective picture helped unite the organisation, and there are now plans for a permanent drawing space.

Luke Gardiner, a Trustee of the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, presented Blind Veterans UK with the Award and a commemorative certificate designed by Campaign Patron Sir Quentin Blake. The Campaign for Drawing selected The Physical line for the Runner up Award from over 1500 events that celebrated drawing throughout the UK, and in other parts of the world.

The Big Draw is an annual drawing bonanza, involving an estimated 200,000 people in inclusive creative activities. From 1- 31 October 2013, people from all walks of life will again join events across the UK, and internationally, in venues ranging from castles to shopping centres, national galleries to village halls, libraries to hospitals, universities to nature reserves. Their subjects and materials will be equally wide-ranging, spanning art, science and technology.

Sue Grayson Ford, Campaign Director, comments "The Big Draw is an open invitation to use drawing for learning, engagement and enjoyment. Blind Veterans UK superbly demonstrated The Big Draw's aims of bringing people together, and engaging them creatively. I am amazed at how inspired organisers expand drawing's boundaries, and bring vast amounts of enthusiasm and imagination to their events."


To view pictures of the drawings created during The Big Draw visit the Blind Veterans UK Facebook page.