The Fusilier Museum wins an award for its outstanding contribution to the 2013 Big Draw


The Fusilier Museum wins a Runner up Drawing Inspiration Award for its event When I grow up I want to be, which was part of the 2013 Big Draw. This prestigious Award recognises engaging and imaginative events that extend public perceptions of drawing.


The project included a local theatre group – Make it Public Productions - who brought to life the stories and aspirations of past learners and tutors from Bury Arts and Craft centre during an interactive workshop. All those taking part then had the chance to draw what they aspired to be and for their drawing to be included in a huge picture which was displayed in the Fusilier Museum for all to see. 


Sarah Stevenson, Collections Officer and Daniel Jessop, Learning Officer at The Fusilier Museum were proud to accept their Award from Gillian Lewis, Trustee of the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, sponsor of the Drawing Inspiration Awards


London's Painter's Hall, home of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers, hosted a Ceremony shared by the Campaign for Drawing and Family Arts Campaign. They celebrated their first year's partnership by presenting Awards for the most outstanding drawing and family events from the 13th Big Draw (1 October – 3 November 2013) and the first Family Arts Festival (18 October – 3 November 2013). The Ceremony highlighted the bonanza of inspiring events organised by museums, galleries, theatres, orchestras, community groups, teachers, artists and students last autumn.


The Drawing inspiration Award winners were selected by a panel including Sue Grayson Ford, Director of The Campaign for Drawing; Alice Young, Head of Arts Programmes at Trinity College London and Kelly Chorpening, Head of the Drawing BA at Camberwell College of Arts, UAL.


Daniel Jessop, Learning Officer at The Fusilier Museum said “We are delighted to have been recognised for our contribution to the Big Draw initiative last year. The event was a huge success and a great opportunity for children and adults to take inspiration from the older generation and put it into pictures.


The 2013 Big Draw involved over 1100 events across the UK and in 20 other countries, with more than 280,000 people joining drawing activities in museums, community centres, heritage sites, schools, parks and other public spaces.


The 2013 Family Arts Festival brought together 928 organisations across the whole of the UK to offer families an extraordinary range of arts activities to enjoy over the autumn half-term.  More than 600,000 people attended one of the 2,295 festival events.


The Awards Ceremony marked the start of the second year of a successful partnership between two festivals which aim to involve even more families in exceptional programmes of events later this year.


Sue Grayson Ford, Campaign for Drawing Director, says: I am amazed by the ingenuity, imagination and inventiveness organisers show in creating such exciting events. With Faber-Castell, the major arts material manufacturer, on board as sponsor of the 2014 Big Draw, we aim to make this October’s Big Draw bigger and better than ever. Long live drawing!

Notes to Editors:

1. Every October (1 October - 2 November), the Big Draw season includes hundreds of drawing activities in schools, museums, galleries and heritage sites UK-wide, and now in 20 other countries. At the Ceremony, the Campaign for Drawing announced its new website: which will provide details of Big Draw 2014 events from August. The Drawing Inspiration Awards are donated by the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust.

With the Big Draw we seem to have struck something in the national consciousness - it's as though everybody had just been waiting to be told that they are allowed to draw. Perhaps it isn't surprising - we live under a bombardment of manufactured images, and in the face of that we need to be able to draw as a way of discovering the reality of the world about us, as well as the life in ourselves.

Sir Quentin Blake, Campaign Patron


2. The second Family Arts Festival will take place from 17 October – 2 November 2014 and will see over 900 leading arts organisations from across the UK present over 2000 family friendly events, with programming spanning across theatre, dance, music, visual arts and more. The festival is designed to increase family participation in the arts and build on the momentum of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad.


The Family Arts Festival is part of a wider programme, the Family Arts Campaign which has been devised in consultation with over 1,000 arts professionals and 2,000 families with the aim of supporting arts organisations in providing high quality family events. The Family Arts Campaign and Family Arts Festival are initiatives of The Association of British Orchestras, UK Theatre, The Society of London Theatre, The Independent Theatre Council, The Visual Arts & Galleries Association and Dance UK, and are supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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For more information on the Family Arts Campaign, visit


3. The Campaign for Drawing aims to get everyone drawing.  It raises drawing’s profile as a powerful tool for thinking, creating and communicating. Its long-term ambition is to change the way drawing is perceived and used by the public and professionals. The Campaign’s annual flagship, The Big Draw, proves that drawing can be a public activity as well as a private passion.  The original inspiration came from visionary Victorian artist and writer John Ruskin, whose mission was to teach people how to see through drawing.  The Campaign demonstrates how drawing can also be used to connect communities.


4. Launched in 2000, The Big Draw has encouraged over a million people back to the drawing board.  It has notched up two world records – for the longest drawing in the world (one kilometer) and the greatest number of people drawing simultaneously (over 7,000). The Big Draw has transformed national museums, Trafalgar Square, Somerset House and even the South Kensington underground tunnel into dynamic creative spaces enjoyed by thousands of people for a day.


5. Faber-Castell is sponsoring the 2014 Big Draw. Since 1761, family-run Faber-Castell has manufactured pencils in the small town of Stein, Nuremberg in Germany. They have a long history and vast experience of producing a variety of 2,000 different high quality implements for writing, drawing and creative design and aim for creativity and innovation in everything they produce. The company is committed to using environmentally-friendly processes and materials and sources pencil wood from its own certified, sustainable forests. Faber-Castell’s Playing and Learning range offers safe and innovative art materials which encourage kids to explore their imaginations and creativity through the world of colour.

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