The Big Draw 2020: A Climate of Change

The Big Draw is the world’s biggest drawing festival. In 2020 The Big Green Draw Festival #ClimateOfChange focused on the relationship between people and our living environments and ecosystems; highlighting how we live today and the ways in which we do and do not harmonise with nature. The Big Green Draw is eager to help showcase mindsets and actions that proactively support positive symbiosis between people and the Earth.

#BigGreenDraw #ClimateOfChange #BigDrawTurns20

Miner2Major: The Real Sherwood Forest

Celebrating our legendary landscape.

Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries is a proud delivery partner on a Landscape Partnership scheme called Miner2Major. The scheme, supported by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, encourages local communities to get involved in projects that celebrate the diverse wildlife, important habitats and rich heritage of Sherwood Forest.

You can find out more about Miner2Major here

Inspire, Miner2Major and artist Jess Kemp will be working together to deliver The Big Draw 2020!

Jess Kemp

After a degree in Theatre Design at Trent Polytechnic Jess worked for a number of years as a designer and maker for Notts County Youth Theatre and Arts Education Programme. Since then she has worked in the wider community art sector to creatively enhance local events, festivals and carnivals through celebratory lanterns, costumes, puppets, flags and banners. 

More recently Jess has been developing her personal practice, combining colour and design with the tactile qualities of silk. 

Jess shares a light and airy studio space at 'Curious' Studios in Nottingham's Sneinton Market Avenues. You can find out more about Jess and her work on her Facebook page JAK in the Green

I paint flowing fabrics for clothing and decoration and am currently most excited about breathing new life into worn and vintage parasols, fans and accessories. 

Jess Kemp

Painted Silk Festival Bunting

Groups across the Miner2Major area have taken part in The Big Draw to collectively create metres of festival bunting. Every triangle is a hand painted artwork from the community exploring the 8 themes of the Miner2Major scheme:

  • Better Habitats
  • Saving Sherwood’s Special Species
  • Sherwood’s Landscape of Trees and Hedges
  • Connecting Trails
  • The Veiled Landscape
  • Heritage Buildings
  • Century of Change
  • People of Sherwood

Exhibition Tour

The Miner2Major - Festival Bunting will be exhibited in Inspire library galleries around the county and will appear at festivals in the area from summer 2022 onwards.

If you would like to find books for children looking to explore the Miner2Major themes, click here for Miner2Major - Children's Recommended Reads.

Or return to The Big Draw.

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