The Big Draw are thrilled to announce a collaboration with artist, Russell Walker in June at The Coningsby Gallery, London.
Russell Walker's exhibition, 'Oh Yeah' opens to the public from Monday 6 June, and can be enjoyed over a full two weeks until 18 June. Alongside the exhibition, The Big Draw will take a week's residency of the space from 13 June.
First working together in 2000, Russell Walker and The Big Draw have a longstanding relationship and their mutual focus on drawing and image making is evidenced in the 'Oh Yeah' exhibition. Over the week residency, The Big Draw will host a series of talks, masterclasses and workshops sharing industry insights and family friendly events.
It was the idea of wellbeing that sparked Russell Walker’s exhibition, ‘Oh Yeah’. After several pandemic lock-downs during 2020 and many days of Covid-19 isolation, Russell decided that it was essential to reconnect with the creative world, as well as old friends using his latest body of work as the vehicle to do so. “...cocooned away from the world during this time, I started to graphically reminisce, relive and reflect upon happier episodes from my youth. Consequently, I was able to re-imagine a time of hazy cosmic jive...on paper”.
Kate Mason, Director of The Big Draw said "The Big Draw is delighted to be collaborating with such ideal partners. The Big Draw, Russell Walker and The Coningsby Gallery share aligned beliefs and core values around the importance of the role of artists and illustrators across education, industry, communication and, also of increasing importance, health and wellbeing. These interests align around this year’s Big Draw Festival 2022 theme, ‘ComeBack to Colour; and the focus for Russell Walker’s exhibition, ‘Oh Yeah’. ‘Come Back to Colour’ encapsulates what we all hope will be a rediscovery of the vitality, health, care and vibrancy in everyones lives after what has been a challenging few years. It is not about trying to recapture a time that has been lost, but about capturing, celebrating and finding joy with all the beautiful and wondrous things that remain. This ethos is mirrored perfectly in ‘Oh Yeah’ with its recurring motifs around reflecting and looking forward to happier, and more colourful times.”
The Big Draw events are set to include an evening talk on exhibiting artwork, live drawing sessions and a range of drop-in and bookable creative workshops. Spaces will be bookable on Eventbrite, and via The Big Draw website so come join The Big Draw and get your creative juices flowing.
These events are sponsored and supported by Derwent who are the Official Art Material Partner to The Big Draw Festival 2022 - Come Back to Colour. You can find out more about Derwent and their brilliant range of drawing materials at www.derwent.com