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Mayor to launch Big Draw MK at MK Gallery


Making the First Mark: Big Draw MK Launch

Sunday 30 September 2012 / Free

A wide variety of drawing events will take place across Milton Keynes this October coinciding with the nationwide Big Draw 2012 and designed to encourage the inexperienced to try their hand at mark-making and the experienced to show off their creative skills, Participating venues include MK Gallery, Artworks-MK, thecentre:mk, Campbell Park, Inter-Action MK and The Open University.

The Big Draw MK programme of events has been co-ordinated by MK’s The Drawing Machine and is presented in association with MK Gallery, where it will be launched at Making the First Mark on Sunday 30 September from 2pm – 5pm, and officially declared open by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Catriona Morris, at 2.30pm.  

Open to all abilities and ages, Making the First Mark activities have been inspired by this year’s national Big Draw theme “In Line”. Visitors will be asked Where will you Draw the Line?  and options will include the wall, the floor and a drawing board.  People will be invited to find lines in the environment and draw them into the urban landscape with a variety of materials, including tape and chalk. Milton Keynes’  ‘greatest artist’ Neville Modley (aka Steve Groom) will also be on hand to offer a Drawing Masterclass, and in the spirit of the recent Olympics, participants will be invited to get involved in a Strike a Pose time trial, where they have to hold a modelling pose as long as possible, while someone else sketches them.  The Drawing Machine will also be using the occasion to launch their City of Trees Project, inviting people to draw on postcards and contribute to a collective twork that will build during the course of October with a final presentation in the form of a tree in Middleton Hall, thecentremk on 31st October. 

The Drawing Machine, established in November 2011, is a new arts project focussing on promoting and engaging people in drawing and bringing together different organisations to partner events.  

Full listings of Big Draw MK events are available on The Drawing Machine’s website at