Big Draw a big success in Hackney

HACKNEY is the creative heart of London and residents and visitors of all ages have been showing off their talents at Hackney’s Big Draw events.

Dalston Square was awash with colour after over 100 people came together and covered the pavement with their drawings. The ‘Once upon a Time in Dalston’ event featured drawing workshops for children taking inspiration from children’s literature. The event, held on 6 October and the latest in a series programmed for the Square brought together Dalston Square, the Council’s Dalston C.L.R James Library and Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. On 13 October 'Making the Connection'  led by artist Julian Wild saw plumbers pipes and hundreds of elbow joints used to make a communal sculpture.

Joel Belsham who attended the Dalston Square event with his son Red and friend Marshal, both aged five said: This is a really good idea. A good, positive social event.”

Four year old Oscar Fichelson, said: "The drawings are good.  The snake is my favourite because it has lots of different colours.  My shark is cool.  It can shoot arrows out of its eyes.  He is poisonous!"

Big Draw is the worlds biggest celebration of drawing – and events are happening in Hackney this October. The Council is inviting residents of all ages to pick up their pencils and paper and get drawing!

The next Big Draw event 'Making the Connection'
Saturday 13 October
12 and 5pm.
A communal sculpture project that involves plumbers pipes and hundreds of elbow joints - suitable for all ages and led by artist Julian Wild.

All events are free and drop-in, with no advance booking required. For further information please contact; 020 8356 2919 or

Find out more about Dalston Square at;  
Making the Connection by Julian Wild
Saturday 13 October, 12pm - 5pm
A communal sculpture project, using plumbers tubing and hundreds of elbow joints.
All ages welcome.
Dalston Square, E8 3BQ
Big Draw at Clissold House
Sunday 14 October, 1pm - 4pm
Add your very own design to our big house collage!
All ages welcome.
Clissold Park, Stoke Newington Church
Street, N16 9HJ

MEGADOODLE by Studio Upstairs
Saturday 20 October, 1pm - 3pm
Draw alongside local guest artists and take part in a competition!
All ages welcome
Gillett Square, N16 8JN


Photo captions
6787: Joel Belsham (dad) with Red, five, and friend Marshal, five.

Arial shot of Dalston Square