Anglia Ruskin encourages everyone to take aim and draw

Published: 30 July 2008 at 12:31

University awarded £10,000 to engage young people with galleries and the visual arts.

As Anglia Ruskin University continues to mark the 150th year anniversary of the founding of the Cambridge School of Art - by visionary Victorian artist and writer John Ruskin - it is celebrating the award of new creative funding which will encourage young people from the region to engage with galleries and the visual arts.

£10,000 has been pledged to the University from Engage (the National Association for Gallery Education) through its Enquire fund which develops a wide range of visual arts projects for different sectors of the community.  The money will fund a collaboration with Wysing Arts and Kettles Yard in Cambridge to deliver outreach and gallery activity around The Big Draw campaign (1-31 October) Drawing on Life this year.

It will be the first time that Anglia Ruskin University has worked with these two highly successful visual arts venues and the first time that the Cambridge School of Art has been directly involved with The Big Draw which was inspired by John Ruskin whose mission was not to teach people how to draw but how to see.

The Big Draw is a UK-wide activity involving over 1000 venues ranging from scout huts to national museums.  It demonstrates that drawing can be an enjoyable private activity as well as a private passion.

This new collaborative arts project will interact with another key event in this year’s events calendar – the Sara Fanelli exhibition – a UK first exhibition from the Italian-born, world-famous contemporary illustrator who specialises in picture books for children.

To support the exhibition which runs from 2nd- 18th October, Sara will be giving a lecture to launch the Centre for Children’s Book Studies.