Anglia Ruskin wins Drawing Inspiration Award

Published: 22 March 2013 at 10:39

The Big Draw event, run in association with AccessArt, lands national honour

Anglia Ruskin University has won the Campaign for Drawing’s prestigious Drawing Inspiration Award.  The prize, sponsored by NADFAS (the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies), is awarded annually to the event that most successfully engages young people in creative activities.

Anglia Ruskin and AccessArt, a registered UK charity which facilitates visual arts workshops and events, won the award for The Big Draw, which saw 98 teenagers attend a Saturday workshop on Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus designed to inspire, motivate and widen their perception of drawing’s scope and significance.

Led by expert tutors and artists, the teenagers could choose from six different workshops exploring drawing in relation to architecture, sculpture, animation, textiles, autobiographical narratives and illustration.

The Big Draw was co-ordinated and co-delivered by AccessArt and was supported by VIVID, (Value Increase by Visual Design), a cross-border network involving a number of European organisations which have joined forces to give the visual arts sector an economic boost.

Chris Owen, Head of Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge School of Art, said:

“It is events like this that help to enthuse teenagers to want to pursue a creative career.  We were delighted to open up Cambridge School of Art for a day so that local young people could enjoy using the different facilities.  It was wonderful to see the passion and creativity they all brought in with them and no doubt many of them are going to be the artists and designers of tomorrow.”

Sue Grayson Ford of the Campaign for Drawing said:

“AccessArt and Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University superbly demonstrated The Big Draw’s aims of bringing people together, engaging them creatively and supporting active learning.  I am amazed at how organisers constantly expand drawing’s boundaries, by bringing vast amounts of enthusiasm and imagination to their events.”

Another Anglia Ruskin event, The Big Draw on Tour, won the Campaign for Drawing’s Highly Commended award.  The aim of the project was to help children and their families look at museum collections more closely by using them as the basis for drawing activities.  The project was organised by The University of Cambridge Museums’ Connecting Collections programme, and venues included Romsey Mill, Cambridge Central Library and the University of Cambridge Museums.

The awards were presented on 19 March, along with a commemorative certificate designed by Sir Quentin Blake and a cheque that will be reinvested into teenage creativity.