The Big Draw Festival, founded in the UK, takes place every year and, since its launch in October 2000, this annual, international celebration of drawing, which brings people together under the banner ‘drawing is a universal language’, takes place in over 25 countries, involves over 1000 events and has encouraged over 4 million people back to the drawing board. Big Draw Patrons Patrons include Quentin Blake, Andrew Marr, Bob & Roberta Smith RA, Lord Foster of Thames Bank, David Hockney OM CH, Sir Roger Penrose OM, Gerald Scarfe CBE, Posy Simmonds MBE and Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. Arts education charity The Big Draw, the driving force behind the festival, believes that ‘everyone can draw’ and promotes drawing as a universal language that has the power to change lives and unite people of any age, background, race, or religion from around the globe.
The Big Draw Japan Tokyo-based British artist Divya Marie Kato has been involved in crosscultural art education projects in Japan for the past 13 years. In 2017, she launched Japan’s first Big Draw event. In 2018, she collaborated with UK-based artist Hilary Baker, and Ruskin Land, Bewdley in a simultaneous, bilateral UK-Japan art event across countries, cultures and time zones for which they were awarded the Big Draw Art & Societies award. And this year, she’s bringing The Big Draw festival to both Tokyo and Kyoto.
The Big Draw Kyoto (Kyoto Botanical Gardens): 22 September 2019 9.30am-12.30pm
The Big Draw Tokyo (Yoyogi Park): 27 October 2019 3pm-6pm