The Big Draw X Koestler Arts with Lee
Part of The Big Draw X Koestler Arts
Online via Zoom
Koestler Arts are part of the Big Draw! Join us for the first of 2 artist-led events with Koestler alumni.
We love encouraging people to have a go at drawing – it’s one of the most popular and accessible artforms in our annual Koestler Awards. This is the first time we’re taking part in The Big Draw, an annual festival to inspire people to ‘get back to the drawing board’ in all sorts of imaginative ways.
We’re delighted to introduce two artists, who are both Koestler alumni, to lead events responding to this year’s festival theme of ‘A Climate of Change’. They’ll be in conversation with us about their creative practice and how this environmental theme speaks to them, before demonstrating live artwork creation before our eyes!
In the first of our 2 events, Lee will be ‘drawing’ on a rather different material – sculpting a fragment of nature on an everyday bar of soap.
Lee will demonstrate a variety of mark-making techniques, as well as how to introduce colour to the final piece. There will be some useful hints and tips for anyone thinking of having a go themselves in the future.
Lee creates artwork with many different materials and his interests are in social change, culture within overlooked communities, and the fragmentation and reshaping of thought. Recent works explore the memories, dreams, and psychodramas of his past-lived experience within Young Offending Institutions:
“Through making objects, delivering workshops and talks, and writing prose – I attempt, in the small way that I can, to break down the tall wall we have built between us and those inside. To encourage a space for us to reflect upon, and respond to, the malnourished relationship between the two.
As we all experience the recent constraints of isolation around the world, I can’t think of a more important time for us to seek those small moments, where we can take a pause and reconnect with nature. By choosing to make the time to reflect upon our current relationship, with all kinds of climate, I think, will be the building blocks for us to collectively make a change.”
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This is a free event
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