Autumn Big Draw School Workshops

Artist Lizzie Induni led three drawing workshops for local schools. The children learnt how to use charcoal, draw with graphite and origami paper folding. These All the workshops focused on how people live around and use the river.


Each student participated with our interactive exhibition, where they were allowed to use charcoal to draw on the walls of the Great Bow Wharf. Every child leant about and then drew Jethro Brice’s Flatner boat, a boat traditionally used on the flooded Somerset moors. Lizzie got the students to work on a collaborative drawing of the river and the environment.

These sessions tied in with Jethro and Seila Fernandez’s Some:when exhibition which was also held at the Great Bow Wharf for Somerset Art weeks. Their project revolved around the creation of a Somerset flatner, a traditional local boat used on the levels. This exhibition showcased the boat itself along with artwork made by children and young people, and documentation of a celebratory journey on the River Parrett in summer of 2015.


There was also an exhibition of photography from Gideon Mendel in the Kitchen at the Wharf. Gideon’s exhibition “Drowning World” focuses on the Somerset and Thames Valley floods of winter 2013-14; the images show landscapes vanishing under water and portraits of local residents.

gideon mendel Taking a photo gideon mendel

The Campaign for Drawing’s annual festival The Big Draw, takes place each year in over 20 countries around the world, with 1000+ events taking place over October. This year’s Big Draw theme is “Every Drawing Tells a Story”.


Somerset Art Weeks is an annual countywide celebration of the variety and quality of contemporary visual art that can be found in Somerset. Each year SAW produces education resources to encourage schools to view Somerset Art Weeks as a provider of fantastic opportunities right on their doorstep.


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