Castle’s big draw event

Visiting the castle while on holiday from Lossiemouth were Georgina and Samira Nicolson, who enjoyed drawing parts of the castle. under the guidance of Dougie Paterson.'Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk

Visiting the castle while on holiday from Lossiemouth were Georgina and Samira Nicolson, who enjoyed drawing parts of the castle. under the guidance of Dougie Paterson.'Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk

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Visitors to Edzell Castle had the opportunity to take part in the world’s largest drawing festival.

Edzell Castle took part in ‘The Big Draw’ which will see over 22 countries across the world participate in the annual campaign to bring communities together with their heritage or environment through drawing.

The event kicked off on October 2 when members of the public took part in drawing workshops between 12 pm and 4 pm where they were tasked with re-creating different parts of the castle.

Visual artists were on hand to run the workshops along with members of staff who gave advice and information on how the different parts of the castle developed.

Ten Historic Scotland sites properties are participating in the ‘The Big Draw’.

A selection of drawings from each site will be brought together by a graphic designer to create an ‘ultimate’ castle which will incorporate in elements of Scotland’s most famous castles.

This will go on display at each of the participating sites later in the month, along with a selection of pictures from the drawing workshops and background information on the campaign.

Catriona Parmenter for Historic Scotland said: “It’s a great opportunity to bring together different groups, from schools and community groups through to wider visitors to learn more about the different sites and how they developed.

“This is the first time that we have attempted the creation of an ‘ultimate’ castle through drawing and we are very much looking forward to seeing the results exhibited across sites at the end of October.

“There are no restrictions, it’s very much about having fun and expressing yourself creatively as well as having the opportunity for your artwork to be displayed in heritage attractions across Scotland, and we look forward to welcoming budding artists throughout October!”

The event is part of an initiative by The Campaign for Drawing, an independent charity which aims to raise the profile of drawing as a a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement.

This has won support from leading practitioners in the creative industries and in art, architecture and design colleges where drawing is fundamental to the training of students.

However the campaign also takes a wider view, seeing drawing as a basic human skill useful in all walks of life.

More than 1,000 venues take part annually from national museums and heritage sites through to rural nursery schools.

‘The Big Draw’ events at Historic Scotland properties are open to all ages and are included as part of general admission. For more information please visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/bigdraw or www.thebigdraw.org/bigdraw/