Free event to promote drawing and ‘all its many pleasures’

Some of the events are being held at St Michael's Church

Some of the events are being held at St Michael's Church - Credit: citizenside.com

Professional artists will be inspiring people to try their hand at drawing in a picturesque Suffolk town.

The Big Draw in Framlingham will take place at various locations around the town next month to promote drawing and “all its many uses and pleasures”. Organised by FlipSide, in association with the Framlingham Area Youth Action Partnership, the free event will feature eye catching visual displays to encourage aspiring artists.

Professional artists, including the cartoonist Simon Farr, whose work has appeared in a number of national newspapers, and portrait artist Jack Stephenson will be in attendance to help those taking part, as will Graham and Julie Giles of the Suffolk Group. With sponsorship from Arts Framlingham, The Big Draw will provide materials, boards and easels so that everyone can take part.

Participants will be encouraged to pick up a pen, pencil or piece of charcoal to try a life drawing, tackle a still life or follow the town art trail to find their favourite part of Framlingham to commit to the canvas.

Genevieve Christie, FlipSide director, said: “The previous Big Draw at the Flipside Festival in 2015 proved to be a huge hit with families and people of all ages and we’re very excited to be bringing it to the historic market town of Framlingham whose picturesque landmarks are a feast for the eyes.”


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The Big Draw day will take place on Saturday, October 29, at locations including St Michael’s Church and St Michael’s Rooms, Framlingham Unitarian Meeting House and Library, with a central base in the market on Market Hill. The day, which lasts from 9.30am-3pm, will culminate in a celebration of drawing with a display of artwork produced.

“Whether you’re a budding Leonardo, a pint-sized Picasso or a secret sketcher, The Big Draw in Framlingham is not to be missed,” a spokesman said.

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All art materials, boards and easels will be available, so that everyone can pick up a pen, pencil or piece of charcoal and try a life drawing, tackle a still life or follow the town art trail to spot a favourite part of Framlingham and create a drawing.

Eye catching visual displays plus artists including cartoonist Simon Farr, portrait artist Jack Stephenson and The Suffolk Group’s Graham and Julie Giles will be on hand to help to inspire your creativity.

The Big Draw Festival

FlipSide, in association with the FAYAP (Framlingham Area Youth Action Partnership) Big Pencils Project and with sponsorship from Arts Framlingham, is bringing The Big Draw to Framlingham.

The Big Draw is a free event for all ages, which aims to promote drawing and all its many uses and pleasures - and the Big Draw in Framlingham will offer people the chance to have a go at drawing in the heart of this beautiful market town. All art materials, boards and easels will be available, so that everyone can pick up a pen, pencil or piece of charcoal and try a life drawing, tackle a still life or follow the town art trail to spot a favourite part of Framlingham and create a drawing.

Eye catching visual displays plus artists including cartoonist Simon Farr, portrait artist Jack Stephenson and The Suffolk Group’s Graham and Julie Giles will be on hand to help to inspire your creativity.

Genevieve Christie, FlipSide Director said ‘The previous Big Draw at the Flipside Festival in 2015 proved to be a huge hit with families and people of all ages and we’re very excited to be bringing it to the historic market town of Framlingham whose picturesque landmarks are a feast for the eyes’.

The Big Draw day will take place at various locations around the town including St Michael’s Church and St Michael’s Rooms, Framlingham Unitarian Meeting House and Library, with a central base in the market on Market Hill. The day will culminate in celebration of drawing with a display of artwork produced.

Whether you’re a budding Leonardo, a pint-sized Picasso or a secret sketcher, The Big Draw in Framlingham is not to be missed!

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