Creative festival is big draw at Rockfield Centre
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.