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Remembering the Past, Creating the Future

Detail of Brideface by Amanda Holiday

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Celebrating Black History Month and The Big Draw festival at Maxilla Studios and Bay 20.

Partnering with Azza Supplementary School, ACAVA are excited to announce a free one day event on Saturday 5th October 2019 to celebrate both The Big Draw and Black History Month. Participants can explore drawing in its broadest form and learn about Black history through artistic practice.
 
With the theme for this year's Big Draw festival being Creativity and Wellbeing, the programme is accessible, engaging, educative and fun for all. 

Read on to find out about workshops and drop-in activities throughout the day.

Remembering the Past, Creating the Future kindly supported by Westway Trust and City Living Local Life.

 

Linearity, with Amanda Holiday

Saturday 5th October, 10.30am-12.30pm
Maxilla Studios W10
Family workshop

Consider what the word ‘lines’ means to you - whether this be footprints, tyre tracks, landscape lines, ley lines, tube map lines or even wrinkles. 

Join this 'free-range' and cross-generational workshop, where participants themselves become the mark-makers. Transform shoes, brooms, twigs, tyres, and many other unconventional drawing tools, into brushes and painting implements taking them for a 'walk' across large sheets of paper to make majestic large scale artworks.

Find out more about Amanda's work here
Book your place here

 

Black Lines Matter, with Amanda Holiday

Saturday 5th October, 2pm-4pm
Maxilla Studios W10
Adult workshop (also suitable for ages 14yrs +)

This 2-hour workshop for adults will take the work of contemporary Black British (and global) women artists as inspiration and a starting point for drawing and creating figurative images and portraiture. The workshop will contemplate ideas about picturing and seeing the self and the importance of representation. Centred on Black women, the workshop is open to adults of all genders and races.

Participants will create their final piece on to a homeware item (tray/ plate/ box) to keep.

Limited places - Book your place here

 

Windrush Suitcase, with Sadie St. Hilaire

Saturday 5th October, Drop-in activity from 10.30am to 4.30pm
Bay 20 Community Centre

What items from your homeland would pack in your suitcase to set up life in a new country? Reflect and think about the items that are important to you, what you couldn’t live without, and what brings you comfort. Fill your own paper suitcase with these hand-drawn objects.

Discover the kind of things packed by our Windrush generation, as well as things that are missed by those who have had to flee their war-torn countries in the more recent past.

Choose one item from your suitcase to be added to the Community Bunting in the outside space between Bay 20 and Maxilla Studios and watch the collection grow throughout the day.

Find out more about Sadie's work here

 

Impressions of the Caribbean, with Aasha-Joy John

Saturday 5th October, Drop-in activity from 10.30am to 4.30pm
Bay 20 Community Centre

Having grown up in Ladbroke Grove much of Aasha's understanding of the Caribbean is based on stories told by her parents and relatives. 

Aasha welcomes participants to share their own stories of the Caribbean and join her to create drawings and monoprints as a visual representation of those memories. 

Choose one of your prints to be added to the Community Bunting in the outside space between Bay 20 and Maxilla Studios and watch the collection grow throughout the day.