The Big Draw 2016

2016: The STEAM Powered Big Draw

The STEAM powered Big Draw was the first Big Draw delivered by Inspire Libraries. The 2016 theme turned STEM in to STEAM, bringing together Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths which fused creative innovation, enterprise and the arts.

Over 1500 people of all ages across the county worked with artists and Inspire to explore technology with creativity. Using conductive drawing materials, they created beautiful drawings, added an electrical circuit and turned art into science.  

All the work was curated into a wonderful light up exhibition that toured Library Galleries from November 2016.

As well as featuring the resulting artworks created from artists drop-in library workshops, a celebration of the talent of the county, the exhibition included hundreds of light up drawings from the schools we worked with and a short film about the project made by local film makers.  

Inspire secured an Arts Council Grant for the Arts to extend the workshops to smaller libraries and to work with schools to run their own Big Draw workshops and add more amazing artworks to the exhibition. We were also able to deliver CPD sessions and provide ‘How To’ kits to teachers due to the extra funding.

A month of activity!

  • Over 30 public Big Draw events in Nottinghamshire Libraries and Archives across the county
  • 17 school partnerships with teacher training events, artist led school workshops in libraries and Circuit Drawing Big Draw events in classrooms.
  • Over 2000 light up drawings and strings of beautifully decorated fairy light shades
  • One amazing exhibition touring Inspire Library Galleries

This year’s Big Draw Festival exhibition gives everyone the chance to see first-hand the fantastic, creative and fun work on display this year once again. It will be a real treat for visitors to have the chance to see this exhibition at Library galleries across the county.

Councillor John Knight, Chairman of the Culture Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council

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