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The Weekend Academy’s first Big Draw at the Byam Shaw, 2002, won a National Drawing Inspiration award from the Campaign for Drawing.
People of all ages drew from ‘animated’ versions of famous paintings, modelled by young actors from the National Youth Theatre. These included Chagall’s Promenade, Seurat’s Pierrot with a White Pipe and Van Arnolfini Marriage. Degas’ Absinthe Drinkers sat and argued in the café, the Arnolfinis stood patiently under a single candle chandelier and discussed how many children their marriage might produce, and Chagall’s Promenaders defied gravity with a ladder. Children were so absorbed in their work that parents were able to draw independently. Byam Shaw students were on hand to support and encourage participants to draw and exhibit their work, which we hung in the Concourse Gallery over the Big Draw weekend.