At noon on Sunday 25 September, Quentin Blake will arrive by tugboat to cut the ribbon spanning Islington’s Battlebridge Basin, launching a FREE day of non-stop creativity and The Big Draw, the largest drawing festival in the world, which takes place throughout October.

 The Big Draw’s Big Splash will transform Kings Place and its surrounding canal-side into a vast collective studio full of riotous creativity. Visitors can fry up crazy culinary ‘recipes’ with Doodle Cook author Hervé Tullet, famous in France as the ‘prince of pre-school books’, and join Marion Deuchars in sampling inspiring activities from her new book, Let’s Make Some Great Art. They can be part of Momentum’s first visual census in London, and see their portraits posted on a special online gallery before being added to a time capsule as a visual record for centuries to come.

 Nina Chakrabarti, author of My Wonderful World of Fashion, will encourage fashionistas of all ages to sketch their perfect outfit and collaborate on a giant fashion fanzine. Budding animators can bring their drawings to life in the House of Illustration zoetrope. Young would-be comic strip artists may opt for Linda Scott’s bubble-writing master class, while teenagers and adults ‘Make a Cartoon in a Day’ with Karrie Fransman, create cartoon characters with Joe Berger, and discover the role of animal stories in comics and illustration from Bryan Talbot, Eisner Award-winning author of the Grandville graphic novels. Wacom will be demonstrating their interactive monitor, graphics tablet and the latest Natural Sketch to Digital Image tool.

 Visitors can head canal-side, build and race paper boats, or board the floating studio to sketch the sky en route to Camley Street Natural Park and London Canal Museum. Alternatively they can ride the Root Lounge to The Kindest Floating Forest, an enchanted place. Quentin Blake and other stars will race against the clock to complete huge masterpieces on the Big Picture Frame, while spectators create mini marine masterpieces.

 Workshop sketchbooks are free thanks to Moleskine. Signed books and art materials are on sale at the Cass Art pop-up shop. Green and Fortune’s Café and Rotunda Bar & Restaurant offer a wide choice of food and drink, including special children’s menus on the day.

 See the full programme at http://bit.ly/bigdraw11

To book tickets for timed workshops, call Kings Place on 0207520 1490or visit its box office.

All activities and boat trips are free thanks to generous sponsorship by Veolia Water UK.

 Everyone is welcome to drop in and join in!


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