The Big Draw 2008 in Liverpool

Big Draw events at Walker, Lady Lever, FACT, Bluecoat etc.

To celebrate Big Draw 2008, National Museums Liverpool have taken inspiration from Ben Johnson’s Liverpool Cityscape, and a whole range of events will be available across the organisation’s museums and galleries to encourage people to get drawing and be creative.

FACT is promoting creativity and drawing directly through a range of unique activities including animation, film and technology, while Tate Liverpool and the Bluecoat are inviting visitors to pick up a pencil and make their contribution to a visual fairytale. Budding artists will get the chance to create a story-led piece of artwork designed to put a smile on the faces of children in the city, which will eventually appear as a mural at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and create a long lasting and inspiring legacy of the Big Draw 2008.

Open Culture and Liverpool Culture Company are supporting additional events such as the Carling Pavement Art Competition.

The partnership will also launch a specially designed drawing pack which will be available to download just in time for October half term. The drawing pack will contain suggestions for drawing activities for at home, school or community centres.

imageBig Draw events across Liverpool include:


18 October 2008 Bold Street, Liverpool

The 1st Pavement Art Competition, in celebration of the life and times of Liverpool born Victorian pavement artist James William Carling (1857-1887), will take place in Liverpool’s Bold Street. The competition has been organised by Urban Canvas and is supported by Open Culture and Liverpool Culture Company, The Bold Street Traders Association and the Scottie Press as part of The Liverpool Irish Festival and The Big Draw.

For full competition details visit Pitches are limited and applicants must register for free by 4 October.

National Museums Liverpool:

Liverpool – The People’s Panorama
11 & 12 October, 11am – 4pm. Walker Art Gallery FREE

Why not contribute to our people’s panorama? We are looking for 150 visitors per day to contribute to our drawing of Liverpool. The finished piece will be exhibited as part of the Ben Johnson Liverpool Cityscape and World Panorama Series exhibition.

The Cityscape Drawing Station
4, 18 & 25 October, 1 – 4 pm. Walker Art Gallery FREE

Come along and get stuck in with a whole range of drawing activities for all ages. Activities include different drawing games such as cityscape Pictionary, city portraits and more!

Drawing the Lady Lever
11 & 29 October, 1 – 4pm. Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight FREE

Take a look at the original architectural drawings and plans for the gallery and be inspired.

Draw on the Wildside
11, 12, 18 & 19 October, 1 – 4pm. Clore Natural History Centre, World Museum Liverpool FREE

Join us to add wildlife to the Liverpool Cityscape! Draw a whole range of animals and plants to be added to our panorama of the city. Choose anything from a beautiful dragonfly or a giant spider!

Historic Liverpool
11, 12, 18 & 19 October, 1 – 4pm. Discovery Centre, World Museum Liverpool FREE

Join our artist and take inspiration from historic panoramic views of Liverpool. Discover different ways of drawing the river and old buildings such as Liverpool’s castle.  

Liverpool – Drawn to the Future
4, 11, 18 & 25 October, 1 – 4pm. National Conservation Centre FREE

Liverpool’s waterfront is changing but how might it look in 100 years time? Join us to create your very own drawing of the city in 2108.

The Riverscape
11 & 12 October, 1 – 4pm. Merseyside Maritime Museum FREE

Join artist Tony Phillips for the big draw as we recreate the Liverpool waterfront with our very own riverscape.


20 September – 30 November Weekdays 10am – 6pm, weekends 11am – 6pm
The Media Lounge FREE

For the duration of Liverpool Biennial the media lounge will be transformed into a creating space.  The perfect place for children to produce their own imaginative drawings. Please note children must be supervised and sessions are timed. 

MADE UP Creature animations
22 & 23 October, 10am – 4pm FREE –  places are limited and pre booking is essential

For young people aged 13-19 years old

Animation is the perfect medium to allow you to create and bring to life new worlds and imagined realities. If you are interested in art, drawing and making and would like to work with an artist to explore different approaches to animation, then sign up for this two-day workshop in October half term. 

Young People’s Film Screening – Spirited Away (PG)

Dir Hayao Miyazaki (2001)

22 October, 6.30pm. £4.00/3.00/2.00 (members, concs + under 19)

The first anime film to win an Academy Award, Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a young girl who wanders into the mysterious otherworld of gods and monsters, where humans are changed into animals and disappear.

Creature writing and storytelling

The ultimate curious creative collection of creatures

Family Workshops, for children aged 5-12 years old and their parent/guardian
Sundays 5, 26 October, 16 November Drop in activities at 1, 2 and 3pm FREE

For the duration of the Liverpool Biennial the media lounge will be transformed into an interacting, exploring and creating space – perfect for children to let their imaginations run wild and have fun creating creatures and stories. Please note: An adult must accompany and supervise their child, participants must arrive at a designated start time.

The Big (Creature) Draw
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October, 11am – 2.00pm

FREE – places are limited and pre booking is essential

For a weekend FACT becomes one large canvas! Come and draw to your hearts content, be inspired by the exhibits on show, sketch and draw what you see and maybe what you don’t see.

Creatures in Motion
Saturday 29 November
The box, 12 – 4pm,


Drop in on the hour, for an hour to release you inner creature exploring dance, movement and technology – use your body to manipulate shaping and changing the image projected on the screen.


Once upon a pencil…

18 and 19 October, 11am – 3.30pm

the Bluecoat

25 and 26 October, 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Tate Liverpool Education Studio

28 October, 10am – 4pm

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Join artist Neil Keating and story teller John Hughes to create a fairytale with a difference. Choose a fairytale character or setting from our lucky dip and Neil will help you draw a castle in the clouds, an ugly frog, a beautiful princess or an evil witch.  Then listen as your drawings inspire a new story told on the hour every hour.

The tale continues as the scroll of drawings travels to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Tate Liverpool where participants will continue the process.  Once Upon a Pencil takes place during the Liverpool Biennial, fitting in perfectly with the I Made Up programme and the Bluecoat’s Chapter and Verse literature festival, which is on from 9 – 19 October.  Neil will then bring the drawings into one composition that will be painted onto a panel within Alder Hey Children’s hospital.

Once upon a Pencil is a free drop in event for everyone to take part in.