Wednesday 04 December 2013
The Big Draw is an attempt to get more people drawing and to use drawing as a way for people to explore the past, the present and the future. Whether putting pencil to paper for the first time or a life-long drawing aficionado, Big Draw is designed for all levels of abilities — the important thing is to get back to the drawing board!
This year all Cadw staffed sites across Wales took part in the scheme by inviting visitors to join in on the ‘Cadw Shape Game’ competition, for a chance to win £100 worth of art materials.
The idea of the competition was to encourage visitors to explore the past around them, and complete a picture to the theme of ‘Draw Tomorrow’ to predict what a heritage site would look like in 20, 50 or 100 years time.
The drawing sheet used the abstract image of the iconic archway of Strata Florida Abbey in Ceredigion as the starting point, and we have received a huge range of entries.
The winner was Amy Tyler, aged 10, from Eastleigh in Hampshire, with her entry ‘The Old Severn National Park Bridge’ visitor attraction.
Amy said: ‘My favourite Cadw site is Strata Florida because I have been there a few times and I like the tiles; I've even made one myself. What inspired me to draw the Old Severn Bridge was my family were talking about what to draw and my Mum said that every year people picnic on the Golden Gate Bridge. I remembered seeing the old bridge on the way to Wales so I decided to draw people picnicking on it.’
John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport, said: ‘Cadw welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors to its 129 historic sites each year and this year’s Big Draw campaign aimed to capture the imaginations of new audiences. By encouraging more people to get involved in heritage and the arts I hope that Wales’s fascinating stories will be kept alive and passed on to future generations.’