The Big Draw are thrilled to announce that The Big Draw China is now in full swing. Over the last 20 years, we've seen more and more events take place in China and this year sets to be it's biggest yet for the country. Kam Panesar from Urban Hybrid Architecture will be The Big Draw Ambassador for China and this year’s event encourages artists, cultural and creative design institutions, universities and schools, design practitioners and art lovers from all over the world to participate and create artworks, with their understanding and imagination of Sanxingdui.
On the morning of June 29th, the launch ceremony of THE BIG DRAW ‒Ar[t]chaeology:Convergence of Art with Sanxingdui event was held successfully. The event was co-hosted by Sichuan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, Deyang Municipal People’s Government, Sichuan Provincial Cultural Heritage Administration, and Hong Kong Trade Development Council and co-organized by Sichuan Provincial Tourism Promotion Center, Sichuan Provincial Academy of Arts, and Management Committe of Sanxingdui Museum.
Sanxingdui is an amazing archaeological site with a history of over 3,000 years that attracts attention for its ongoing archeological work. As new collections delight visitors at the Sanxingdui Museum, these exquisite cultural relics unveiled recently once again demonstrate people’s artistic imagination and creativity of the ancient Shu civilization.
Yan Sashuang, Deputy Director General of the Sichuan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, said, “through drawing we can promote other key cultural tourism brands to build Sichuan as a world-class tourist destination.”
Yang Jian, representative of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) office in Chengdu, said, “THE BIG DRAW is the world’s largest drawing festival event to spread the ancient Shu civilization and present compelling China stories.”
Kam Panesar, the Big Draw Ambassador in China for the British visual literacy charity said “Archaeologists interpret the past, artist reinterprets cultural context of the past with the present and the future”.
This event, aims to inspire creatives to tell new stories of the unknown past through art and design. Jia Suzhu, deputy director of the Management Committee of Sanxingdui, briefed on the upcoming activities to be held and invited global art creators to participate in.
The event was supported by British Consulate General in Chongqing, British Council, Sichuan Provincial Cultural Relics and Archeology Research Institute and British Chambers of Commerce of South West China. Wu Changjiang, executive vice chairman of Hong Kong Federation of China Federation of Literacy; John Stachiewicz, Chairman of The Big Draw, Kate Mason, The Big Draw Director; overseas visual artists Matt Vegh, Antonio Wehrli, Katja Lohar, Akshay Raj Singh Rathore, Ruth Broome, Armen Gevorgyan, and Taran Wilkhu all wish the event success with video messages.
Stay tuned for more upcoming events with The Big Draw China!