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BIG DRAW56NADFAS REVIEW / SUMMER 2010www.nadfas.org.ukSince 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

www.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW / SUMMER 2010 CELEBRATING SURREYSurrey celebrationsCelebrating Surrey 2010is Surrey's first ever open-air arts festival - part of Surrey's response to the 2012Games and Cultural Olympiad programme. The event will bring together over 4,000 musicians, artists and performers, including a NADFAS stand showcasing the diversity of local arts and craftsThis summer will see a celebrationof Surrey, its landscapes, heritageand cultures. Celebrating Surrey2010 will be held in the grounds ofLoseley Park on 26-27 June andpromises to be a fantastic weekend.The East Surrey and West SurreyAreas of NADFAS will have a presencethere, in partnership with independentcharity Surrey Hills Society, to showcasethe diverse range of local arts and craftsthat has influenced the character andhistory of the Surrey Hills. This willcover one of the Surrey Hills Society'scharitable aims of "promoting awarenessof local crafts which have an influenceon the character and history of thearea". There will be promotional standsin the marquee for both NADFAS andthe Surrey Hills Society, manned bymembers throughout the weekend.The weekend will feature many art-based opportunities for young people,including free workshops and activitiesfor families with children. Activities anddisplays within the NADFAS/Surrey Hillsmarquee include the Watts Gallery -aswell as workshops, the artist on theHope Wall Projectwill be givingdemonstrations of her work as aceramicist. Fire and Iron Gallery'smetalwork display celebrates oneironworking family's journey 'home' toSurrey; from iron founder Peter Quinnell(1603-66) of Compton, near Loseley, viainternational adventure, full-circle backto Loseley 2010 and his descendantLucy Quinnell of Fire and Iron. Alsopresent will be Creative Fibres, the EastSurrey Guild of Weavers Spinners andDyers. It is affiliated to the Association ofGuilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers,whose objectives are the preservationand improvement of the craftsmanshipin hand weaving, spinning and dyeingfor the benefit of the public. It will beusing a spinning wheel and spindle todemonstrate traditional crafts and showgrass, and giantbubbles are among the innovative worksof art on display. And for those feelingpeckish, there will be the opportunity tosample some of Surrey's finest foodsfrom local caterers, real ale producers,fine food purveyors and regulars at thefarmers markets. The festival takes place from 26-27June 2010 at Loseley Park, Guildfordwww.surreycc.gov.uk/celebratingsurreyor call 01483 444334 for ticketsmethods old and new of weaving anddyeing. There will be a display of itscrafts, including braiding and beading,and an opportunity to have a go. TheNorth Downs Lacemakers will be addingto their Pass the Pillow project. Startedin 2009, the aim is to get as manypeople as possible to participate inmaking this continuous piece of lace bythe start of the 2012 Games.Textile artist Karen Lucas, workingwith Surrey Heritage and localcommunities, will make a felted TimeLine Scarf inspired by Loseley andstories of Surrey. Students from TheAbbey School, Farnham, will start thework in the spring and members ofthe public are invited to make theirown contribution over the weekend.Add to all this storytellers and SurreyArts Wardrobe's collection ofcostumes from past times of folk fromthe Surrey countryside, and there'ssomething to appeal to everyone.Leading up to the Festival, EastSurrey Area and the Surrey HillsSociety invited young people agedfive to 16 to submit a photographicimage celebrating the specialnature of the Surrey Hills, withprizes donated by NADFAS.Winners of each category willreceive a computerisedphotoframe, a year's familymembership of the Surrey HillsSociety and a copy of Jane Garrett'sbeautifully illustrated book A Portrait ofthe Surrey Hills; these photos will be ondisplay in the marquee. Other attractions include a widevariety of music and dance acts - fromhip-hop and urban to contemporary,Bollywood and ballet. More than 50ensembles will be performing at thefestival, including orchestras, windbands, jazz bands, choirs, percussiongroups and many others. There will beplenty to see too -labyrinths made of