The Big Draw

The Big Draw is the world’s biggest drawing festival with thousands of drawing activities connecting people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers and illustrators. In 2014 The Big Draw covered twenty-six countries, with 414,000 people attending over 1,800 events by 1,000 organisers.

2014

The first Big Draw St Neots was held in Barford Road Pocket Park. For this event large boards were painted white and the outlines of a landscape with woodland, countryside and seaside scenes, following the Big Draw theme It’s Our World, drawn on them by two local illustrators, Andrew Foster and Richard Slade. The event was a huge success attracting over 250 young children, teenagers and adults alike adding all sorts of things including insects, vehicles, animals and even a dragon. Their was a real sense of community, with people coming together from all parts of St Neots. There was fantastic support from head ranger, Matt Hall from Huntingdonshire Countryside Services who ensured the event ran smoothly and everyone respected the park.

2015

In 2015 The Big Draw theme was Every Drawing Tells A Story and the same illustrator’s from the previous year decided to reuse the boards on the reverse side but this time drawing out over 280 outlines of frames for the visitors to fill in their own picture. Again head ranger, Matt Hall from Huntingdonshire Countryside Services supported and co-organised the event which was this time held in Riverside Park. Over 400 people turned up, including the local press who ran a story that week. The results were fantastic with young children, teenagers and adults all creating unique drawings with all sorts of styles. There was even a visit from one of the supporters of the Revamp the Ramp campaign who drew his own frame to help promote the cause.

 

Neotists involved in the project

  • Clair Slade
    Clair Slade
    Radio broadcaster and social media
  • Andrew Foster
    Andrew Foster
    Designer and illustrator
  • Richard Slade
    Richard Slade
    Graphic and web designer
Clair Slade
Radio broadcaster and social media

Clair Slade has a background in radio, sound engineering, marketing, graphic design, health and childcare and is fired-up by learning new skills. She currently volunteers with local charities and is working as a marketing coordinator for an international telecoms company.

Andrew Foster
Designer and illustrator

Andrew Foster is qualified in graphic design and illustration and has studied at both Bath and Bedford College. He has loved drawing since he was little and continues to love it now that he’s not so little.

He’s currently working as a designer and illustrator at agency Bonfire Creative Intelligence and all the work featured on his website are all personal projects created in his own time.

He is proud to be one of the founding members of the Circus of Illustration – a group of professional and amateur illustrators in the Bedfordshire area. As a group they are dedicated to promoting illustration in all its forms. They hold exhibitions of illustration and are involved in various smaller events such as Drink & Draw get-togethers. They have also published their own themed ‘zines’.

Richard Slade
Graphic and web designer

Richard Slade has over 20 years experience in the design industry working in the public, private and charity sectors with some of the top names in design.

He produces highly creative work for brands and organisations across the UK and his work covers a wide range of disciplines, including web, print and corporate identity. As well as extending his skills in to both marketing and project management, Richard is also a highly capable photographer and illustrator.

A huge advocate of design and creativity Richard formed Neotists in 2013 as a way to promote local freelance talent and community engagement. How he finds time to also row nationally with St Neots Rowing Club we don’t know.