The Big Draw 2023: Time to Connect

The Big Draw 2023: Time to Connect will help join six nature and heritage sites across the county in the form of a brand-new art trail!

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Inspire have joined forces with the Miner2Major Landscape Partnership Scheme to help leave a legacy of artworks in key locations across Sherwood Forest.

We are delighted to have worked with visual artists Mandy Keating, Tracey Meek and sculptor Chris Campbell who have worked with groups across the chosen venues to create the artworks.

This work is part of a wider national project working with renowned portrait photographer, Alistair Morrison. Alistair has created Time to Connect, photographing people and places around the UK and Nottinghamshire is the starting point for this journey! 

Take Time to Connect to new people, places and environments. Look out for the exhibition at an Inspire Library near you.

Have a go at home!

Connect with your senses and try some fun drawing games at home.

Exhibition Tour Dates

  • Mansfield Central Library: Saturday 30 September – Wednesday 1 November
  • Worksop Library: Saturday 4 November – Thursday 21 December
  • West Bridgford Library: Thursday 4 January – Wednesday 14 February 2024
  • Beeston Library: Saturday 17 February – Saturday 30 March 2024

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The Big Draw Charity

Founded in 2000 by the Guild of St George, The Big Draw is a pioneering visual literacy charity dedicated to raising the profile of drawing as a tool for wellbeing, thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement. The charity leads a diverse programme of advocacy, empowerment and engagement, and is the founder and driving force behind The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing.

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The 2023 Big Draw Festival theme #DrawingwithSenses changes the focus from external to internal, exploring the way we personally process the world and internalise our experiences through our senses. This is a great year to look at the 5 basic senses: Touch, Sight, Sound, Taste and Smell and experiment with these and those you are less familiar with to transpose your experiences into creative work and drawings in 2023.

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