Monday 12 January 2015
Winning entry by Ellie Gray. View the other finalists for the Shape Game on our Facebook page
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 ‘It's Our World’, which aims to encourage people to draw their rural environments.
The drawing sheets used abstract images of Cadw's staffed sites — including Blaenavon Ironworks, Caerphilly Castle, Harlech Castle and Tintern Abbey — as starting points. Cadw's judges were impressed by the diverse range of entries.
The winner was Ellie Gray, aged 7, from Caldicot, with her colourful version of Raglan Castle.
Ellie says: “I love visiting Cadw sites, and my favourite site is Raglan Castle, because the staff are friendly, there are always events going on, and I love having picnics there in the summer and when it's very windy I like flying my kites. It's the best castle ever!”