Big Draw 2019
Thank you to everyone who joined us over October for the national Big Draw Festival.
Hilary Cox Condron ran a series of events as part of the festival and we would like to say thank you to everyone who helped deliver the activities including Jo Miller and, local herbalist, Vanessa Neville. Jo collaborated with Hilary on the Mindfulness through Drawing workshop that took place at St Barnabus Church. Vanessa provided rose and nettle tea for the brave band of walkers who joined Hilary – despite the rain – in a multi-sensory walk as part of ‘Places in Transition’.
Our senses were fully tested in the Silent Sound Drawing event held at The Alex Pub. Participants were given headphones to listen to recordings of historical sounds from the Ironworks site. The collective drawings that resulted can be seen below, along with feedback from the Mindfulness through Drawing workshop.
This event was exactly what I needed. So therapeutic. I let go of my senses to the sounds of Mill Road, got lost in meditative art, experimented with different colours, textures and shapes, while tasting a dark local beer. All surrounded by great people in a safe atmosphere. Perfection!
I rank the Mill Road drawing event 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟! The space provided such a safe and open atmosphere to allow for us to “let go”, while letting the energy that you are taking in on all 5 senses, to flow through you. We were provided with all the tools and inspiration to really embody whatever it is we wanted to embody, and release it onto the canvas into a collective art piece. There was no pressure to perform, I had the opportunity to explore different pressures, textures, shadows, colours, shapes. I meditated and saw symbology in what saw, heard, or felt. I looked back at a canvas full of collective perceptions and consciousness zoomed out in a bigger picture of all of us. I meet great people and had deep conversations. My only wish was that more people were there to experience it with us. It was a perfect evening. Thank you for hosting.
Our thanks also to Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Festival of Ideas and everyone who came along to the ‘Places in Transition’ talk and the following walk. The event was chaired by Dr Harriet Riches, with presentations by Jo Chapman, Dr Veronique Chance and Emily Smith. The three artists shared their practice and how they take inspiration and respond to changing environments.
These events have been the catalyst for discussions to take place about local history, memories and what Petersfield means to people.