Participate with Vancouver artist Kim Kennedy Austin in an activity that explores ideas about architecture, space and the city through drawing.  In relation to some of the themes taken up in our current exhibition John Massey: The House That Jack Built, Austin will talk about her own practice and lead visitors through an imaginative exercise where they will try their own hand at drawing.  Supplies will be available at the Gallery.

This free, all ages event is part of Vancouver’s first annual BIG DRAW which runs from May 11 to May 15, 2007, presented in conjunction with the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Anthropology, and Art Education at the University of British Columbia.

Vancouver artist Kim Kennedy Austin holds a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (2001). Her practice is based in drawing, and her interests include teen romance novels, sentimentality, directions-for-use diagrams, graph paper, and lists of all kinds. Her work has been exhibited locally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, State Gallery, Belkin Satellite Gallery, Atelier Gallery, Charles H. Scott Gallery, and internationally in New York, U.S.A., Brösarp, Sweden, and Rosario, Argentina.  Austin will participate in an exhibition of drawings in June 2007 at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver.

The BIG DRAW is an idea first generated by the British Campaign for Drawing, which has been hosting an annual, nationwide BIG DRAW since 1999.  Since, events have taken place in the U.S.A., Australia and across the U.K.  The campaign to get everyone drawing was inspired by the great Victorian writer and visionary John Ruskin, whose mission was not necessarily to teach people to draw, but how to see.