Hull takes part in world’s biggest drawing festival

The Big Draw Festival 2019.

The world’s largest drawing festival is taking place this half term – and you can grab a pencil and get involved in Hull.

The Big Draw Festival is an annual event that takes place in more than 20 countries across the globe.

Hull is one of the many cities that is supporting the festival with a number of fantastic events for both children and young people

Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, said: “The Big Draw Festival does an incredible job promoting drawing and creativity all over the world, and I’m delighted that we are supporting it in Hull.

“It’s fantastic that the festival takes place over half term when children and families can take advantage of these wonderful free events.”

The Big Draw Festival in Hull:

Craft yourself – portrait making

Saturday 26 October
1pm until 2.30pm
Hands on History Museum

Be inspired by portraits on display in the Story of Hull Gallery to produce your own of yourself, your family or friends.

Free, drop-in.


Where’s Wally: The Big Museum Hunt (Kids in Museums National Campaign)

Saturday 27 October – Sunday 4 November
Hull Maritime Museum

Join the search for Wally at the Hull Maritime Museum. Can you find Wally in our collections? Pick-up an activity sheet and get a special sticker if you do.

Free, drop-in.


Crafting Wilberforce

Monday 28 October
1pm until 3pm
Wilberforce House Museum

Use a selection of art materials to have a go at completing Sir Thomas Lawrence’s famous unfinished portrait of William Wilberforce.

Free, drop-in.


What Makes You, You?

Tuesday 29 October
10am until 12noon
Ferens Art Gallery

This workshop looks at what makes up our identity. You will be invited to design a room that represents you and consider your identity.

Suitable for accompanied children aged over 5.

Free, drop-in.


Family Hands

Wednesday 30 October
10.30am until 1pm
Hull and East Riding Museum

Turn your hand prints into Mortimer the mammoth at Hull and East Riding Museum. Join in as we work with artists from Family Hands and use our hands to make animals from the past.

Free, drop-in.


The Human Rainbow: Artist led portraiture workshop

Wednesday 30 October
1pm until 3pm
Ferens Art Gallery

Create a watercolour portrait considering the themes of identity and heritage with artist Estabrak Al-Ansari. The event is connected to our exhibition ‘Coming Home’, in partnership with The National Portrait gallery.

Suitable for those aged 13-18 years.

Free, booking essential.

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Artist Led Drawing Workshop

Thursday 31 October
10am until 12noon
Ferens Art Gallery

The Dirar Family invite you to join them in drawing and making, as their share their stories and experiences as former refugees.

Free, drop-in.


Hull Fair

Friday 1 November
10am until 1pm
Streetlife Museum

Get inspired by your favourite memories of Hull Fair to create artwork.

Free, drop-in.

Founded in 2000, The Big Draw is an arts education charity that promotes visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.

[Michael Berriman – Hull City Council]