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Drawing in the Community

(Published in the Guernsey Globe today)

Art enthusiasts of all ages got creative last Thursday night at Trinity Square’s Centre Fold Gallery as part of an international drawing festival.

The gallery joined venues across the UK and Europe by holding a public doodle session as part of The Big Draw event. It’s an initiative launched by the independent charity, The Campaign for Drawing, and takes place every October. More than 1000 galleries, museums and libraries are getting involved by organising their own Big Draw events this month.


Local artist Dred gets his draw on

Local artist Dred gets his draw on


Kat Mather, one of the four artists who run the gallery, says that the Centre Fold Gallery always strives to get involved in new projects. ‘Drawing is therapeutic and events like this bring communities together. The turnout was fairly small, but we weren’t too disappointed because it meant the atmosphere was friendly and intimate.’

The Big Draw has been running for nine years, and this is the second time it has taken place in Guernsey. The Centre Fold Gallery opened its doors at 6.30pm, and welcomed around 15 people over the course of the evening. Beginners drew alongside practiced artists, using a variety of materials provided free of charge by the gallery.

The youngest artist to grace the event was Eugene Dowdney, age 7. ‘I like drawing planes, trains and submarines, and everything to do with transport,’ said Eugene, as he added the finishing touches to a detailed illustration of a British Airways jet.


Eugene Dowdney and his dope drawing

Eugene Dowdney and his dope drawing


Eugene worked next to Dred, an artist whose show at the Centre Fold last month featured intricate pen drawings of space wars. ‘Eugene has a very vivid imagination, and pays real attention to detail,’ said Dred. ‘He’s obviously very bright and talented.’

The Big Draw evening is just one of many cultural events staged at the gallery in recent months. Their Bubblegum Bangers Rally show, complete with a giant Scalextric track, is still open to the public at evenings and weekends. 

Visit the Big Draw webpage: http://www.campaignfordrawing.org/bigdraw/ 

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