The Big Draw, la Festa del Dibuix is Back!

For the third year in a row, pencils are being sharpened in preparation for the return of the Big Draw on Sunday 21st October.  This festivity is a proposal that originates from London and that little by little has spread around the world.  Pencils, felt tip pens, paints, cardboard, paint brushes, pieces of paper or just bits of paper… all the materials are valid for letting your imagination fly and starting to draw, from toddlers to the oldest ones, drawing is ageless!

Cartel del Big Draw, la Fiesta del Dibujo

Very happy with the results of the previous years, this year we’re repeating the experience with more workshop leaders, spaces and collaborators.

And to start “warming up the engines”, yesterday we held a meeting with the workshop leaders, centres and participating sponsors: an opportunity to get to know each other and share some of the excitement of the project, as well as reflecting on the differences and similarities between this edition, which signifies a consolidation of the proposal, and the previous ones.

Family photo of the workshop leaders

The first similarity is that, as in other years, the weather will make us suffer!!! The forecast is for rain and more rain (and after such a dry year, the rain is of course very welcome, but couldn’t it come on Monday 22nd?).  However, if it does rain nothing will be cancelled and alternative spaces have been planned for the open air workshops: you can find the information in the mini-website of the Big Draw, La Festa del Dibuix.

The director of the museum presenting the workshop leaders

Other similarities with previous editions is that the project will maintain a similar size and the number of workshops hasn’t varied much: there are 19 workshops in total, spread around the neighbourhoods of La Ribera, Santa Caterina and Sant Pere, all of them free of charge and designed for all ages.  We welcome the Antic Teatre, that will be participating for the first time, and celebrate the involvement, once again, of the Palau de la Música, the Cercle Artístic Sant Lluc (that will be functioning as a second venue for the Big Draw, with one of the two information points). The Francesca Bonnemaison Library,  the Escola Eina, La Seca Espai Brossa, the Civic Centre of the Convent of Sant Agustí and the Museu de la Xocolata.

Presentation of the workshop leaders

Among the changes it is worth highlighting an important change in terms of internal organisation, and which have had an external and enriching repercussion. This year the various participating institutions have taken on the responsibility for the design and production of their workshops, and as a result the workshops are more varied than ever, in which drawing is explored from the disciplines of each of the centers themselves.

This change is a clear example of the involvement of the neighbourhood institutions with the Big Draw, and has enabled its continuity.  There has also been an important contribution from the sponsors, Staedtler and Canson-Guarro, without whom it would not have been possible to maintain the current dimensions.

To all of those, and to the workshop leaders we are very grateful indeed for their participation in this project, which would not have been possible without them.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the team who have been working very hard over the past few months to make the Big Draw come true: Mercè, Manel, Mònica, Ariadna, Anna and Cristina.

Who can participate?
Anybody who wants! The free-of-charge workshops are designed for all ages, so there’s no excuse, you’re sure to find one you like!

Where and when?
From 11am to 7pm non-stop, there will be workshops spread around the different spaces in the neighbourhoods of Santa Cateria, Sant Pere and la Ribera. You will also find information points in the Museu Picasso and the Cercle Artístic Sant Lluc.

Plànol Big Draw 2012

And if it rains?
If the weather forecast for Sunday is right, it may rain a little, but don’t worry! All the workshops to be held in the open air will move under cover. You can consult the workshop details on the website or go directly to the information points on the same day.

How can you find out more?
Through the website of the Big Draw. This year’s graphic design has been produced by Cocolia.

The Cocolia team, the designers of this year’s graphic image

Follow us in the Twitter of the Big Draw at the hashtag #bigdrawbcn where we’ll be sending tweets and posting photos during the day.  And if you have some photos too, send them to us.  We’ll also be in the Facebook of the Museu Picasso and we’ll be posting photos on Flickr.

On Sunday 21st October take for a stroll around the neighbourhood and come on and draw!

Anna Guarro
Public Programs

Related links
How to set up a Big Draw (Museu Picasso version) – 2011
Big Draw. The Festival of Drawing in pictures! – 2011
The drawing as protagonist – 2010
A post post – Big Draw – 2010

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