North Bristol NHS Trust wins a prestigious Drawing Inspiration Award from the Campaign for Drawing for an outstanding Big Draw event

Friday, 4 June 2010

North Bristol NHS Trust and their Fresh Arts Programme Manager, Ruth Sidgwick, received the Drawing Inspiration Award for their Drawing the Body project.
The Fresh Arts Big Draw programme at Frenchay and Southmead hospitals was the only hospital trust to win an award from the Campaign for Drawing.
It commissioned nine artists to run ‘wild and whacky’ workshops based on drawing the body.
Patients, visitors and medical teams were invited to investigate the body creatively – its shape, texture and what happens under the skin.
They created a giant comic strip of the blood’s incredible journey through our veins, life-size portraits made from body outlines, and skin self-portraits copied from microscopic images printed by a dermatology consultant.
Other experiments produced luminous ‘X-rays’ drawn with linseed oil and graphite, and cellular structures outlined with water-filled syringes and colourful pigments.
The programme has been given the runner up in the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust Award by The Campaign for Drawing and was chosen from over 1500 events that celebrated drawing throughout the UK, and in other parts of the world, in October 2009.
Leading illustrator and Campaign for Drawing Patron Posy Simmonds presented North Bristol NHS Trust with the award and a commemorative certificate designed by Quentin Blake (campaign patron) at The British Museum on May 24.
Sue Grayson Ford, Campaign Director, said: “The Big Draw is an open invitation to use drawing for learning, engagement and enjoyment.
“North Bristol NHS Trust superbly demonstrated The Big Draw’s aims of bringing people together, engaging them creatively and supporting active learning.
“I am amazed at how organisers constantly expand drawing’s boundaries, by bringing vast amounts of enthusiasm and imagination to their events.”

Ruth Sidgwick, Fresh Arts Programme Manager, said: “It is so exciting for North Bristol NHS Trust to win a national award.
“Drawing the body can be fun but the project was also about raising awareness of health issues, exploring the body and is a great way to teach children how the body works.
“Art is a key feature in Southmead and Frenchay hospitals, showing that they are creative as well as healing places.”

The Big Draw is an annual drawing bonanza, involving an estimated 200,000 people in inclusive creative activities.

From 1-31 October 2010, people from all walks of life will again join events across the UK, and internationally, in venues ranging from castles to shopping centres, national galleries to village halls, libraries to hospitals, universities to nature reserves.