The Big Draw 19 (Event 2)

Finding a Place

Where: Dalston CLR James Library
Reading Area, Childrens Library, 1st Flr
Dalston Lane, Hackney, London E8 3BQ

When: Saturday 19 Oct 2019
Time: 2pm – 4pm

Who: All ages welcome. Parents required to support younger children


Commissioned by:

 in partnership with:

City & Hackney CAMHS Alliance

launch part of:

Finding a Place

Explore well-being through art & mark making as an adventure of discovery. Can you find a secret location hidden within a larger drawing? As part of The Big Draw Festival 2019, we’re inviting families to attend the launch of a new publicity campaign for City and Hackney CAMHS Alliance and participate in a drawing workshop at the same time!

Launching the results of an exciting collaboration between CAMHS Alliance, Art Hoppers and the local Hackney community, we’re proud to exhibit a collection of paintings produced by families in support of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in Hackney.

In a recent workshop by Claire (Art Hoppers) and Jo, psychologist (CAMHS Alliance), families were invited to explore and enjoy the transparent qualities of primary colour when applied as washes of paint whilst considering a landscape that inspired positive memories and feelings. The painting technique presented an experimental way of expressing the mood and texture of the spaces in mind leading to abstract works of art…

Working with the paintings, Art Hoppers took a closer look at their textural qualities and found beautiful, hidden gems amoungst the details which evoked an immediate or dreamlike sense of place.

These images will now become part of a series of collectable publicity postcards – There’s 11 landscapes to collect. These will be published through a new marketing campaign led by CAMHS Alliance to reduce stigma and promote information about mental health and well-being support for children, young people and families in Hackney! You’ll be able to see all 11 landscapes for the first time at our launch event on 19th Oct – Don’t miss it!

What can you do?

  • Join the launch of this campaign on Saturday 19th Oct to see the original exhibits alongside the full collection of printed postcards.
  • Share your thoughts on the landscape collection and share your thoughts and ideas about the services and projects which support the well-being of children, young people and families.
  • As our launch event is part of The Big Draw Festival 2019, make your own experimental drawing and using a framing window, spot hidden locations in your artwork which transport you to magical places near or far.

Children of participating families on the day of the launch event will receive Big Draw certificates and stickers!

All art materials will be provided.

Reporting on our event:

Many thanks for this short video created by Sarah Higgs, a student journalist from City University in North London, who attended our event in October 2019.

Sarah says:

“As someone with an adolescent mental health issue in my family, I am aware of how important it is to help young people express themselves and feel positive about themselves.”

Vote for ‘Finding a Place’

If you like the sound of our event or enjoyed taking part in it, please vote for ‘Finding a Place‘ to win THE BIG DRAW FESTIVAL 2019 – PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD


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