Free creative workshops in the Guildford Big Draw 2018

Arts and crafts enthusiasts, or those who would just like to try something new, now have the chance with 10 free workshops held across the borough as part of the sixth annual Big Draw in October.

The workshops, organised by the Council's Arts Development Team, run from 7 to 28 October and take the national theme of 'Play'. They are open to all and specially designed to let people explore new and creative ideas through arts and craft, either individually or as a group or family. There are also two outdoor sessions and one over-18s adult class.

Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, Lead Councillor of Skills, Arts and Tourism, says: "The Big Draw is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to express their creativity. With the festival taking place in 25 countries throughout the world, it's great to be part of such a successful international initiative, providing the chance for communities of all ages and abilities to come together and celebrate creativity."

Artist Becci Kenning from Art in Transit says: "I am delighted to be invited back to deliver a workshop for Guildford's Big Draw. Its national reach in promoting the skill and use of drawing is vital; encouraging everyone to experiment and just 'have a go'. My workshop will be all about big and playful artwork."

Comments from those attending last year's Big Draw sessions include:

"I really enjoyed creating things with my granddaughter."

"Gives people a chance to try new things and release their imagination."

"Brilliant! Love the way everyone was included and involved."

"Nice to see it's for adults as well as children."

"Great fun! Love the opportunity to try something I've never done before."

"Great, more please!"

"Looking forward to the next one!"

For more information about how to sign up to the Big Draw 2018 and what's on offer, please go to our Big Draw page or email artsdevelopment@guildford.gov.uk or call 01483 444767.

Please provide your name, email address and use the reference 'Big Draw Mailing'.

You can also pick up a copy of the Big Draw leaflet from Guildford Tourist Information Office, 155 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AJ (open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5pm).

Published on Thursday 20 September.