Every Drawing Tells a Story: The Big Draw comes to the Glass Tank

Thursday, 15 October 2015

The Big Draw

The Big Draw is coming to Oxford Brookes University’s Glass Tank gallery as a new exhibition from next Monday (19 October).

As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations, the University will look back at the heritage of the University as a School of Art and celebrate the legacy with the International Festival of Drawing – The Big Draw.  

Following the Oxford launch of the festival last month  at the Weston library in Oxford, Oxford Brookes students from across The School of Arts and Associate College Partnerships will be exhibiting their interpretations of this year’s theme ‘Every Drawing Tells a Story’.  Working with the community and local schools this exhibition aims to bring together work from all ages and abilities as workshops and activities are rolled out in the Glass Tank throughout October.

Oxford Brookes has strong roots in art and design, starting out as the School of Art in 1865 so it is fantastic that we can also celebrate our history with the surrounding community in this way.

Lucy Turner, Senior Lecturer in Art and Design

These drawing workshops will include working with story-telling, performance and experimental drawing techniques as well as fun workshops for children during the Half Term week.    

Lucy Turner, Senior Lecturer in Art and Design at Oxford Brookes University said: “This collaborative exhibition celebrates all ways of drawing and will push the boundaries of how we interpret artistic techniques and the theme from this year’s Festival of Drawing.  
“Oxford Brookes has strong roots in art and design, starting out as the School of Art in 1865 so it is fantastic that we can also celebrate our history with the surrounding community in this way.”

Work from glass artist Helen Slater and children’s book illustrator Sue Heap will also be on display in the exhibition to demonstrate the diversity of drawing.

The exhibition will run until 13 November when there will be a special event planned for Brookes Live which will be held from 4pm-8pm in the John Henry Brookes Building.

The Glass Tank gallery can be found in the Abercrombie Building on the Headington Campus and admission to the exhibition is free.
Details of upcoming events and exhibitions at Oxford Brookes can be found on the Events webpages

Half Term Workshops:
Monday 26 October, 2pm– 5-7 yr olds
Tuesday 27 October, 2pm – 8-12 yr olds
Wednesday 28 October, 2pm – Secondary school
Thursday 29 October, 10pm-12am - Adult