The Annual Festival of Drawing returns to Gainsborough

Photo of a young child wearing dungarees covered in red and blue paint. The background is a large wall that is covered in finger paint.

Local residents are being asked to come along to The Big Draw in Sweet Caroline’s in Gainsborough as part of Gainsborough’s Townscape Heritage projects.

On Saturday 22 October 2022 from 10am until 4pm an annual festival of drawing which takes place in towns and cities all over the world will take place in West Lindsey.

Each year the festival has a theme and this year’s theme is "come back to colour". This theme fits with Gainsborough’s current restoration projects around the Market Place, Market Street, Silver Street and Lord Street, which are currently underway.

Councillor Paul Howitt-Cowan, member champion for heritage and leisure at the West Lindsey District Council is delighted to be able to share the news of the event. He said:

“This annual drawing festival is a fantastic opportunity for our residents to get involved in a free workshop and spend their day getting creative. We are delighted to see the festival returning to West Lindsey once again”.

Townscape Heritage Activity Co-ordinator, Theresa Workman, has been planning the event. Theresa said:

“We are delighted to be able to host this event in Gainsborough once again. There will be a free workshop to design new window illustrations for Gainsborough Heritage Centre, which is a fantastic opportunity for our local residents.”

During this event, local residents will also have the opportunity to make lanterns. These lanterns can be used on the Illuminate Guided Walk which forms part of our Illuminate event.

The Illuminate event will return on Saturday 26 November 2022, where Gainsborough will once again be filled with light and sound with fabulous projections on the walls of Gainsborough Old Hall, a fire garden in the grounds of All Saints Church, street performers and a guided walk along Trent Riverside.

Further information on the upcoming plans for the event on 26 November will be promoted throughout the coming weeks on both our social media pages and Discover Gainsborough social media pages.

This free event, as well as the Townscape Heritage projects, has been made possible by Gainsborough’s Townscape Heritage Initiative which is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and also by the Arts Fund. We would like to thank all players of the National Lottery.

For more information about out Townscape Heritage Initiative see our Gainsborough Townscape Heritage page.

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