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MARKET HALL STRIPS BACK FOR BIG DRAW (22nd October 2012)

Shrewsbury Market Hall has stripped back as part of a national event to celebrate the art of drawing. The Looking Good Naked exhibition, a collection of life-drawings from the Shrewsbury Life Drawing Group, was launched earlier this month to mark the annual Big Draw.

The month-long festival takes place every October and is the world's largest celebration of drawing.

It is organised by the Campaign for Drawing, an independent charity which raises the profile of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement.

The Looking Good Naked exhibition is available to view in the Visual Art Network (VAN) Gallery, on the gallery level of the market, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 4pm.

It is just one of a series of events being held at the award-winning shopping venue as part of the Big Draw.

There will be a host of drawing activities taking place at the VAN gallery throughout October, as well as at the Birds Nest Café and Compost Kids, including a variety of workshops for VAN members.

The theme for this year is based on the artist Paul Klee and his notion that drawing is ‘taking a line for a walk.’ Based on this theme there will be a drawing line around the Market Hall that participants are able to attach their drawings to.

Everyone who attaches a drawing to the line will be entered into a prize draw to win art equipment donated by PaperWrite, which has also provided drawing materials.

People are also invited to help create a special drawing at Beyond the Purple Door on November 2 to celebrate the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday which celebrates lost loved ones.

Participants can draw on a chalk wall to create a giant piece of art from 10am until 4pm.

Sara Mai, one of the Big Draw organisers said: “The Big Draw is the world’s biggest celebration of drawing and throughout October everyone is invited to come to Shrewsbury Market Hall to get drawing and release their inner creativity. Drawing helps us to see, think, invent and take action.”

Anyone wanting to join the Shrewsbury Life Drawing Group can attend workshops at English Bridge on Mondays, from 2-4pm and at The Hive on Tuesdays, from 7-9pm.

For more information about Shrewsbury Market Hall visit www.markethallshrewsbury.co.uk