Big Draw gives children the chance to make their mark

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Scarborough schoolchildren are being given the chance to break one of the taboos of childhood – not drawing on the walls.

Children from schools and colleges in the borough will be visiting Scarborough Art Gallery next month to create a huge artwork directly on the gallery walls.

Making a Mark will open to the public on the evening of Friday October 12 from 5pm to 9pm and then run until the following Sunday October 21, from 10am to 5pm each day except Monday.

It is part of the annual Big Draw event organised by the Campaign for Drawing.

It will see pupils from Lindhead, Boynton and Gladstone Road Primary Schools and secondaries Whitby Community College, Norton College, Filey and Scalby Schools join forces with students from Yorkshire Coast College to create a mural around the concept of ‘self’, using logos, tags and motifs. They will visit the gallery each day from Monday 8 October to Friday 12 to create the artwork, using Posca art pens to create this unique temporary exhibition.

The project will be overseen by artists Andy Black, Sally Taylor and Joanna Venus. Andy Black explains: “We will be doing workshops at the schools before they visit: each child will create an individual motif to represent themselves. These will then be enlarged upon for the final mural at the gallery.

“Drawing is a fantastic form of self-expression, a powerful learning tool, and a great skill to have.”

Throughout the week, there will be associated events at the gallery for all ages.