Date published: 26 October 2018
Families from across the district took part in ‘The Big Draw’ this week in Gainsborough’s Market Place, to celebrate the town’s heritage and ‘explore the place they live in’.
The free event, organised by West Lindsey District Council and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, took place in the heart of the Market Place.
Families were invited to join special artists to explore the stories of Gainsborough's heritage and create silk painted banners, flags and bunting as part of ‘The Big Draw 2018’ event.
Founded in 2000, ‘The Big Draw’ is a visual literacy charity that promotes the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.
Residents were also invited to ‘have their say’ and help to build Gainsborough’s heritage by voting for their favourite heritage activity using Lego bricks.
Cllr Judy Rainsforth, Ward Member for Gainsborough was delighted to hear that the event was a success, she said: “I’m pleased that ‘The Big Draw’ was enjoyed by all who attended, it was a great opportunity for residents to get creative and hear more about the Heritage Lottery Fund application.”
Kirsty Collinson, Gainsborough resident, attended the event in the Market Place with her two children. She said: “I thought this event was a great opportunity for the kids to find out about the history of Gainsborough, the arts and crafts really caught the kids’ attention and they very much enjoyed themselves.”
Chester Collinson, 5, and his sister Skylar, 3, each made an eye-catching silk paining of Gainsborough’s buildings and shop fronts. Chester said: “I really enjoyed the crafting today, painting my shop front was the best part and I was happy that I got to take home a certificate!”
Dr Anna Scott, Mayflower 400 Officer for West Lindsey attended the event in the Market Place, she said: “West Lindsey District Council are preparing to make a funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to help restore and improve some of the historic buildings in Gainsborough town centre, and this event was a great opportunity to celebrate Gainsborough’s fantastic heritage and hear all about what people love about the town.”
Artist, Jess Kemp, who lives in Nottingham, has been a community artist for over 20 years. She said: “I was excited to be in Gainsborough for ‘The Big Draw’, and I enjoyed being able to share stories of Gainsborough’s history with residents – it was really interesting! I love being a part of projects such as this, and encouraging an interest in art, as art is something that anybody can join in with.”
The colourful and creative silk paintings from the event will be crafted into bunting by Jess Kemp to be displayed next month at the Gainsborough Illuminate parade, which is on November 21.
Find out more about Gainsborough’s Pilgrim heritage and West Lindsey’s partnership in the official Mayflower 400 project at www.mayflower400uk.org or by following @PilgrimRoots on Social Media