Monday, December 4, 2023

The Big Draw is coming to Thurrock!

THE Backstage Centre will be a hive of activity on Saturday 24 October as the High House Production Park again hosts the Big Draw. The Royal Opera House, artists from the High House Studios, Thurrock Music Services and The Backstage Centre will all be taking part in this free event to offer everyone a great day of drawing and fun.

This year’s Big Draw theme is ‘Every Drawing Tells a Story’ and to help offer inspiration for drawing, the High House Production Park is taking The Nutcracker as its focus. Everyone, young or old, beginner or expert, is invited to High House Production Park for the free Big Draw event, to draw and learn tips and techniques from skilled and experienced artists.

There will be lots of activities in The Backstage Centre to get involved in: Design costumes with the Royal Opera House or even try a few on, draw a still-life of instruments while listening to music with Thurrock Music Services and see your work projected digitally by Backstage Centre technicians.

In the final week of her year-long artist residency (Stephen Cripps’ Studio Awards 2014-15), Rita Evans, will present two sound-based sculptural installations currently in development whose moments of failure and possible collapse will be shared with the audience. Brain Drains explore exhaustion and loss of control and was developed in the award studio from original drawings. Trance Party uses the potential of turbulence, failure and open-endedness as a way for the audience to create and construct their own rhythm to dance or relax within and around the instrument.


Paper and pencils will be available in The Backstage Centre so everyone can just turn up and get drawing. No previous experience or specialist skill is needed: simply come and put pencil to paper and see where inspiration takes you.

Grand Events will be running a pop-up cafe in The Backstage Centre or bring a picnic and enjoy the Walled Garden or the Orchard. There is plenty of free parking on site too.

For more information about The Big Draw, please go to:


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