Galleries celebrate the popular art of drawing

 IT’S time once more for The Big Draw, a celebration coming up at our two biggest art galleries of something everybody can do.

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It’s a  celebration of the principle that the pen is  mightier than the sword, and, now in its 15th year,  the Portrait Gallery is joining forces with the National Gallery of Australia to present new explorations into the art of drawing, all involving a steampunk theme.

This year, participants can expect to find new and surprising approaches to drawing that include using a variety of handmade machines to draw. Canberra  artist Julie Bradley will lead a workshop that involves cardboard ‘cog’ creations.

Founded in London in 2000, the Big Draw is an arts education charity that promotes visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.

“Drawing encourages experimentation, exploration and understanding” says  Krysia Kitch, Education and Access Manager at the NPG.

This year’s community-focused event will also include drawing to live music, and other creative activities all with a steampunk-powered flair.

Big Draw 2016, National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia, Sunday, October 23,  10am-2pm, a free event.

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