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BIG DRAW56NADFAS REVIEW / SUMMER 2008 NADFAS hassupported the Big Draw(a season of drawing events forall ages, coordinated by the Campaignfor Drawing) with a special award,launched as part of its 40th-anniversarycelebrations. This goes to the best BigDrawevent in a gallery, museum, orhistoric property - one that engagesyoung people with its collection.The 2009 winner was organised bySarah Keehan, Education Officer atthe Worcester Porcelain Museum -which has benefited from theassistance of NADFAS HeritageVolunteers, as well as a donation in2008 in conjunction with the Art Fund- again, as part of NADFAS's 40th-anniversary celebrations. Joining Sarahin the organisation was Liz Hand, Headof Art at the King's School, Worcester.For the museum, the main purposewas to encourage visitors of all agesto explore its collection. For King's, theincentive was to unite the wholeschool community (between three and18 years-old), with parents, visitorsand members of the local communityin a day of creative drawing. Therewas plenty of guidance andencouragement from museum staffand King's artist-in-residence forstudent participants and the widerWorcester community. Participantsdecorated templates of cups, platesand pots, creating their own designsor working from the rich and complexpatterns found among the exhibits.Finally, participants visited King'sSchool, where they hung their work ona huge dresser built for the occasion.The full dresser offered a riot of colourand pattern.The event not only championeddrawing as a creative medium foryoung people and their families, butalso brought many new visitors to themuseum. Manufacturing and retailhave ceased at the WorcesterPorcelain site, so it is vital for themuseum to communicate that it isalive and well and that it offers adynamic education programme. Thisevent helped connect Worcesterresidents with their local heritage andengendered pride in those who gainedan insight into Worcester Porcelain'sachievements and significance.King's School will use the NADFASAward to fund visiting artists chosen to'push the boundaries' and help the artstaff to promote drawing as a vehicleLuck of the DrawHow last year's winning Big Draw event, sponsored by NADFAS, helped to benefit not just art enthusiastsof all ages but also a museum that is close to the Association's heart for creativity and artistic ambition, and away to explore the world. For the Worcester Porcelain Museum,winning the NADFAS Award (and itsshare of the prize money) means it canstart planning a 2010 Big Draweventwith renewed determination to attractmore young people to the site. Commenting on NADFAS'sinvolvement, Sue Grayson-Ford, Directorof the Campaign for Drawing, said: "Weare enormously grateful to NADFAS forrenewing its commitment to theCampaign for Drawing. I feel certainreaders will delight in the 2009 winningentry, especially as it comes from amuseum closely linked to NADFAS." Left:Theparticipants'work takes prideof place on the'dresser'Below:One ofthe manyfinished products