Museums Sheffield’s Visitor Engagement Manager, Laura Travis on Drawing the Summer, a new initiative aiming to get Sheffield sketching morning, noon and night.
Drawing is great for the brain – it helps improve hand-eye coordination, sharpens our observation skills, and reduces stress, as well as being used in a range of mental health and wellbeing therapies. Throughout summer 2014 we’ll be working to share these benefits with visitors to the Millennium Gallery, Graves Gallery and Weston Park, and at a range of events across the city.
Drawing the Summer is a special programme of exhibitions, events, and have-a-go activities which sees local artists working with the public to polish up their creative skills and help them find inspiration in the city around them. So far, Drawing the Summer has inspired the people of Sheffield to try their hand at drawing with our recent exhibition at the Graves Gallery, Drawing the Line, which featured work by some of the masters of the medium, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and Katsushika Hokusai.
Drawing the Line has been complemented by a series of pop-up exhibitions by local artists including Roanna Wells, Kyra Cane, Paul Evans and Neil Webb, each of whom take an innovative and sometimes unexpected approach to the theme of drawing.
Drawing the Summer is all about having a go yourself, so take the plunge and sign up for one our activities. Still to come we have a special Drawing the Summer-themed Petcha Kutcha event at the Millennium Gallery, a hands-on workshop with author of new book Fearless Drawing, Kerry Lemon and the chance to meet a host professionals who draw for a living, as well many more events listed here on our events pages - just look out for the yellow pencil icon. Drawing the Summer is also accompanied by a perfectly pocket-sized sketch-on-the-go trail encouraging people to find inspiration in the city around them - pick one up from the Millennium Gallery.
Drawing the Summer really has something for everyone, especially those who think they can’t draw – we’re ready to prove that’s just not true!
Drawing the Summer continues until September 2014.
Drawing the Summer is sponsored by Nest.co.uk and supported by Arts Council England.
Jun 02 2014