Cre­ative fes­ti­val is big draw at Rock­field Cen­tre

The Oban Times - - News - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­

THE FIRST Big Draw event to be staged at the Rock­field Cen­tre huts was a great suc­cess, with more than 40 peo­ple tak­ing part.

The Big Draw is the world’s big­gest draw­ing fes­ti­val, with thou­sands of ac­tiv­i­ties con­nect­ing peo­ple of all ages with mu­se­ums, out­door spa­ces, artists, de­sign­ers, il­lus­tra­tors – and each other.

This year Oban took part through Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust (OCT) at the Rock­field Cen­tre.

De­signed to get any­one of any age to draw, the event was or­gan­ised and over­seen by Val Hamil­ton, former head of art and de­sign at Oban High School. The theme for this year’s Big Draw was Ev­ery Pic­ture Tells A Story.

Par­tic­i­pants were asked to use their Rock­field mem­o­ries or hopes for the fu­ture as an in­spi­ra­tion for their draw­ing. Or they could sim­ply doo­dle within the draw­ing tem­plate pro­vided.

Each com­pleted draw­ing was then ar­ranged so that it could link with an­other draw­ing; cre­at­ing a huge in­ter­con­nected pic­ture.

Draw­ings were cre­ated in a va­ri­ety of sizes, from post-it notes to large sheets of pa­per, us­ing a range of colour­ful draw­ing ma­te­ri­als. The theme was widely in­ter­preted but re­cur­ring images in­cluded ref­er­ence to fam­ily, com­mu­nity and Oban past and present.

Val Hamil­ton said: ‘The day was fan­tas­tic with not only in­di­vid­u­als but many young fam­i­lies en­gag­ing in draw­ing.

‘So of­ten par­ents can be­come the spec­ta­tors but the Big Draw pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions to be­come en­grossed in the same task.

‘ We had some lovely ma­te­rial pro­duced which is cur­rently up on dis­play and can be seen at fu­ture events.’

Val’s team of art helpers in­cluded Val Leckie, Ge­orge Hamil­ton, Jack Deg­nan, Stephanie Power, Rowan Acey and Sheila Mac­gre­gor. Other OCT vol­un­teers were also on hand to pro­vide re­fresh­ments and gen­eral sup­port.

Prior to The Big Draw, the Rock­field Cen­tre Huts were heav­ily booked as a prac­tice venue for choirs com­pet­ing in the re­cent Royal Na­tional Mòd. As well as draw­ing, space ac­tiv­i­ties and com­pe­ti­tions were on of­fer for chil­dren, all of which were well re­ceived.

Gor­don McNab, chair­man of Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust, said: ‘ We have been able to help pro­vide space and ac­tiv­i­ties such as The Big Draw at the Rock­field Cen­tre and The Big Draw is an ex­am­ple of how we want to pro­mote the arts to the com­mu­nity.’

PIC­TURE PER­FECT: Young­sters get cre­ative at Rock­field.

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