BBC and the UK’s Cultural Organisations, including The Campaign for Drawing, launch biggest ever joint campaign
GET CREATIVE – a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity – was launched by the BBC today – in partnership with cultural movement What Next? as well as a range of arts, cultural and voluntary organisations across the UK, including The Campaign for Drawing.
The Campaign for Drawing is supporting Get Creative to boost creativity in the UK, as well as celebrating the millions of people already doing something artistic and creative every day. This national project will bring together amateur and professional arts organisations on a grand scale.Get Creative will see the BBC work closely with an unprecedented number of external organisations including the founding champions Culture at King’s, Voluntary Arts, 64 Million Artists, Fun Palaces, Cultural Learning Alliance and Arts Council England, as well as other organisations such as The Royal Shakespeare Company, BFI, The Roundhouse, Sadler’s Wells, The Young Vic, National Theatre Wales, Creative Scotland and many more.
Celebrity friends of Get Creative include The Campaign for Drawing patron, Andrew Marr in addition to: Ade Adepitan, Alastair Campbell, Anneka Rice, Claudia Winkleman, Fearne Cotton, Frank Skinner, Johnny Vegas, Dame Judi Dench, Kate Moss, Lucy Worsley, Matt Baker, Michael Palin, and Nick Grimshaw.
Dame Judy Dench says: “Don’t ever think you can’t do something, why don’t you just try? You might surprise yourself.”
Tony Hall, Director of the BBC says: “The BBC works best when it works with others. We’re linking with more organisations than ever before to launch Get Creative and we’ve got some great British talent involved too. What I hope we can offer the campaign – and it’s something only the BBC can offer - is the ability to reach people everywhere. To inspire everyone to make art or do something creative.”
Sue Grayson Ford, Director of The Campaign for Drawing says: "The Campaign for Drawing has connected thousands of organisations and people of all ages through drawing over the last 15 years. Thanks to our role as a Get Creative Champion, we expect our 2015 Big Draw (1-31 October) to involve even more people and places. Visit our website after 1 July for Big Draw events across the UK. We hope this new initiative will help us achieve our aim to get the entire nation drawing!
From a graffiti event in Cardiff and a demonstration of upcycling in Belfast to a huge ‘Paint by Numbers’ scene in Cumbria, the campaign opens with a day of activities across the UK arranged by Voluntary Arts where the public can ‘get creative’ and find out more about local activities in their area, helping enrich and inspire local communities across the UK.
The campaign will culminate with a finale weekend in February 2016 showcasing the creativity of the nation and reflections on the year.