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From 5 to 31 October, Tweed River Art Gallery is hosting a community drawing project and will display the results on the foyer wall. The Patterns of Landscape drawing project coincides with international Big Draw events held annually in October.

The theme for the Big Draw is 2012 in Lines. Tweed River Art Gallery invites people to make up their own visual language of linear designs and patterns.

The gallery’s education and audience development officer, Robyn Sweaney, invites the Tweed community to think about and interpret the Australian landscape.

‘Visitors can respond to the landscape in the form of lines, marks, shapes and patterns. They can then create a 10 x 10cm drawing that will be added to the foyer wall,’ she said.

‘Drawing starts with an empty page – a piece of paper – and creativity in its purest, most direct form.

The aim of this program is to get everyone drawing together.’

The Big Draw is coordinated by The Campaign for Drawing in the UK. It is a celebration of drawing and encourages wide-scale public participation in creative activities, engaging people of all ages with collections in museums and galleries, heritage environments and community-based drawing activities.

Its long-term goal is to change the way drawing is perceived by educationalists and the public. This idea has won support from leading practitioners in the creative industries and in art, architecture and design colleges, signalling an overdue realisation that drawing is fundamental to the training of students in these disciplines.

The Campaign for Drawing takes an even wider view: that drawing is a basic human skill useful in all walks of life. The campaign’s work will finish when the words ‘I can’t draw’ are dropped from our vocabulary.

Patterns of Landscape is a free activity available to visitors during gallery opening hours: Wednesday–Sunday 10am–5pm.

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