What is it to draw? Of only a few of the many dictionary definitions, to draw is to pull, to attract, to move in a specific direction, to extract as in expressions such as to draw attention, to draw near, to draw strength, to draw the curtains. In its meaning of to inscribe or mark to draw seems fundamentally to be to make a record of directional movement, to pull a line through space or on a surface.

Drawing has become a key feature of many DAD projects, in particular the DAD4DADS 6 Ways to Wellbeing project and the 15 drawing workshops included in our WW1 Joined Up project. Marcia Teusink will be back with our contemporary art and architecture project CHALKUP21 leading a drawing workshop at each of the buildings and public art works that feature on the trail.

Since 2014 DAD has also organised an annual intergenerational drawing event to coincide with The Big Draw with support from Dover Town Council and the Dover Big Local. This international celebration of drawing has grown from one day in October 2000 in the UK to an annual month-long festival of drawing across the the world.

As a non-verbal language, drawing has a power to transmute and evolve, adapting to each maker’s need to find a voice, meaning expression and empowerment are unsurpassable. For many it plays a key role in recovery in illness, health challenges, anxiety and times of major upheaval, loss and change.  For others it can help them re-connect with a community, combat loneliness and the sense of isolation.
Big draw website 2019

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BIG Draw 2020

Dover Big Draw 2020 October 26th on Instagram @dover_bigdraw 

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DoverPrintfest2020 workshops

We are delivering two inspiring online printmaking workshops as part of the Dover printfest2020 in association with the Fête de l’estampe events taking place across Europe  with Dover Arts Development, [...]

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She created

On Sunday MARCH 8th 2020 from 2-4.30pm at St Edmund’s Chapel, Priory Road, Dover CT16 1BB SHE CREATED Empowering Women Through Drawing and Writing A Creative Workshop for Women and Girls of All [...]