De La Warr Pavilion wins Trailblazer Award for Big Draw 2011
On Thursday 17 May, the De La Warr Pavilion was awarded a Drawing Inspiration Trailblazer Award for The Octopus’s Garden, its Big Draw Event in October 2011. This award recognises inspirational organisers and institutions that have committed to The Big Draw in the long term, and use it as an experimental platform and who invest energy and imagination into ensuring that the process and results reveal the power of drawing put to excellent use.
The Octopus’s Garden transformed the Pavilion into an evolving artwork called Bexhill-Under-Sea, imagining that 100 years in the future the sea has reclaimed Bexhill, leaving the pavilion at the centre of an underwater town. Patricipants drew sea creatures on stones from the beach to form a rock garden, designed submarine interiors and underwater scooters, created the new town of Bexhill-under-Sea from a collage of concepts for underwater buildings. They grew an ultraviolet reef at the fluorescent drawing station with highlighters and UV lamps, made floating mermaids, divers, sharks and jellyfish from coloured acetates and fishing twine and an origami fish run to cascade down the staircase. The youngest particularly enjoyed sketching with fingers and sticks in a large sandpit and drawing around themselves on large paper rolls on the floor to create the rock pool. Finally, a procession returned the stones and shells to the sea.
Lead artist Sheridan Quigley, who was also recognised at the Awards ceremony, says :
"The idea behind The Octopus's Garden was to show people that drawing is a creative thinking tool and is still relevant in the computer age. It is also immense fun. I designed all the activities using materials that people have easy access to in their own lives, so they could carry the inspiration home with them and continue to draw."
Hundreds of people of all ages joined in to turn all public spaces into drawing installation zones, developing giant collaborative installations from individual pieces and drawing as scientists, poets, engineers, architects and artists.
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Sheridan Quigley will be leading the Big Art Club at the DLWP this summer and will be also be one of the artists on the "Interaction Team" for the Autumn season, devising gallery activities for visitors in response to the exhibition programme.
Posted on Friday, 18 May 2012