The Big Draw is back with a full programme of interactive art shows, talks and live drawing competitions. This year they are recruiting would-be scribblers across the globe with events taking place in more than 22 countries

Children are more accustomed to keyboards and touch screens these days, which is why The Big Draw offers them, and adults, the opportunity to re-engage with colouring and painting through a series of events and activities. The Big Draw is run in conjunction with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers and illustrators. Supported by patrons such as illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, artist David Hockney and journalist Andrew Marr, the event is all about drawing outside the lines, using it engage with music, dance and theatre. This year’s theme is It’s Our World, a celebration of environment, taking a more considered look at urban, rural and coastal landscapes. 

The Big Draw launch will take place at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood on Camrbridge Heath Road on the 28 September, starting at 11.30am. Visitors will be invited to decorate the galleries with a team of artists led by illustrator Nick Sharratt; make great art placemats and limited edition art prints (in the style of a great artist) with Marion Deuchars; and, meet Messy Monster’s creators from children’s science and art magazine OKIDO. There will also be a talk from much-loved children’s author, Jacqueline Wilson. The full programme of events for The Big Draw will start from the 1 October.

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