Peterborough event promises to be a Big Draw!

Published: 28 September 2015 at 15:53

The Big Draw

Outreach staff and Anglia Ruskin students to run hands-on art workshop at city museum

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The Big Draw, a national festival to encourage people to explore their creative side, is coming to Peterborough next month.

The event, organised by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Collaborative Outreach Network based at Anglia Ruskin University, will take place at the Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery on Friday, 16 October and Saturday, 17 October.

The theme of The Big Draw is storytelling and to provide inspiration there will be tours of the museum, with actors helping to bring the exhibits to life.  Visitors will be able to explore the Victorian operating theatre and the newly-restored historic cellars.

The event on Friday is for local schoolchildren, while Saturday's free event is open to all and the organisers are encouraging people of all ages to attend.

Students from Anglia Ruskin University will be offering artistic advice and there will be a competition, with prizes, for the best art produced on the day.

Sian Hiskey, Collaborative Outreach Manager at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

"We're really excited about bringing The Big Draw to the city.
"The Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery is a fantastic venue and it's wonderful that Peterborough is taking part in the world's biggest drawing festival."

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Collaborative Outreach Network is one of a number of new NNCOs (National Networks for Collaborative Outreach) across England.

NNCOs support local students in accessing Higher Education, in particular students who may come from lower socio-economic groups or have little HE experience within their family.

The network is led by Anglia Ruskin University, with University Centre Peterborough, The College of West Anglia and The Skills Service as key partners.

The event on Saturday, 17 October runs from 10am-1pm, and is free to attend. For further information, please call 01733 864663 or email