The Big Draw 2021: Make the Change


We are very excited to be working with international artist Hetain Patel, to explore ideas of place and belonging with the community, using the story of The Mayflower as a starting point. Our Big Draw this year is linked to Hetain Patel’s Mayflower inspired project LANDING, which came to be with the help of young people from Bassetlaw and is all about our relationship to place and belonging, wherever we land.

Our Big Draw project is called FACES, PLACES and it will celebrate place and our connection to it, by inviting you to make a mass portrait of the county!

Join in!

Child's self portrait drawing in pencil and crayon. The girl has blonde hair and is wearing a head band.

Derbyshire based artist Emma Reynard and Nottinghamshire artist Oliver Lovley will be expertly delivering our FACES, PLACES Big Draw workshops. Emma will help you explore portraiture online and Oliver will be leading three face to face workshops in Inspire Libraries. The list below tells you the different ways you can join in throughout October!

Our libraries will have FREE material kits with easy to follow instructions and FACES, PLACES card tiles to draw or paint your portrait on. The kits will be available to collect free of charge from 1 October.

  1. Simply pop into an Inspire Library, pick up a kit and get drawing from home.
  2. If you need a bit of guidance, pick up a kit and book onto one of our free live zoom sessions with artist Emma Reynard.
  3. Come to a library and spend a couple of hours exploring portraiture with Oliver Lovley. Free and materials are included.

All the details about how to book can be found by clicking on the events below.

Emma will also be offering the chance to drop in and create a portrait tile as part of Worksop Library Fun Palace on Saturday 2 October, 10am-3pm.

Download the How To Sheet and watch the How To Video

Inspire How To - Draw a Self-Portrait

Learn the basic skills to draw a self-portrait, expertly guided by artist Emma Reynard.

Emma Reynard

I am a Derbyshire-based, practising artist and art tutor. I have many years of experience working with educational establishments and groups such as schools (primary & secondary), art societies, art galleries and museums, residential care homes, homeless hostels, domestic violence refuges, hospitals and within mental health and special needs facilities.

I have a degree in textile design, and a masters from Central St Martins in Communication Design / Illustration. I remain passionate about my subject and enjoy sharing skills and knowledge with others. 

I am interested in collaborating with other disciplines such as storytelling, music, science and dance. My workshops (run and developed by myself over 26 years), are devised to promote safe practice, develop communication skills and provide a rounded understanding of Art and Design.

I have a love of natural history and enjoy gardening and walking my dog.

Emma Reynard

Oliver Lovley

Oliver Lovley has a BA Hons in Visual Communication and is a full member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art. He has exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery in London and at The Djanogly Gallery at Lakeside, Nottingham. He also regularly teaches and exhibits at national live art shows.

Oliver Lovley

Our Recommended Reads

Visit our Big Draw 2021 Pinterest board if you would like to find books to further explore the themes around FACES, PLACES and LANDING.

Simply click on the book cover and again on Visit to find the book on our catalogue!

The FACES, PLACES Exhibition

A sea of FACES, PLACES will look back at you in this exhibition, which explores local people’s connection to their village or town. We will present a portrait of our community, by our community, working with primary schools across Bassetlaw. 

Wow! Over 2000 self portraits can be seen on display.

Thank you: 

Bracken Lane Primary Academy

East Markham Primary School

Everton Primary School

Gamston C of E Primary School

Langold Dyscarr Community School

Mattersey Primary

Misson Primary School

Norbridge Academy

Ranby C of E Primary School

Redlands Primary and Nursery School

Sparken Hill Academy

St Anne's C of E Primary School

St Lukes Primary School

St Swithun's C of E Primary School

Thrumpton Primary Academy

Worksop Priory Academy 

The Big Draw Festival

The Big Draw Festival is a worldwide celebration of drawing! The Big Draw promotes the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression, and invention. They are the founder and driving force behind The Big Draw Festival, which is a major component of the work in encouraging people to get back to the drawing board!

In 2021 The Big Draw Festival #MakeTheChange is a timely development on last year's exploration into the relationship between people and our living environments. In 2021, it's time to take action, to explore and discover ways to live in balance with the world around us, to reconnect with each other and demand a better world for future generations. This is a great year to bring your community together through positive activism and creativity, and be part of The World's Biggest community of drawing enthusiasts!

Against the flux and events of last year we have all shared our collective experience of what it means to be human, with all its commonality, vast differences and diversity.

#TheBigDraw #BDF2021 #MakeTheChange

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