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The challenge is on – renowned illustrators to join Dulwich in world's longest landscape attempt!

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Half term kicks off in creative style this October as Dulwich Picture Gallery attempts to set the record for the world’s longest landscape. As part of The Big Draw 2016 Dulwich will invite families and drawers of all ages to contribute to the piece with their own personal landscape. Renowned illustrators including Nicholas Allan and Marion Deuchars will also join the challenge, offering their creativity and expertise while adding their own individual styles to sections on the piece.

With help from the public, the Gallery hopes to create a landscape measuring 400 metres, eight times the length of the Gallery building.The striking enfilade will transform into a communal easel with paper running the entire length for participants to make their mark on.  

Professional illustrators joining the event include Nicholas Allan, award-winning author and illustrator of over thirty children’s books, Marion Deuchars, whose distinctive, illustrative work has been used by the Royal Mail on commemorative stamps and Yuval Zommer, author and illustrator of The Big Book Of Bugs.

Taking inspiration from the vibrant communities and landmarks of South East London, the event will encourage participants to reflect upon their own personal landscape and unleash their artistic vision. Visitors will be able to choose from a variety of materials and interpret the sights and surroundings of their community through the universal language of drawing.

The event coincides with the Gallery’s new exhibition on the Dutch landscape painter, Adriaen van de Velde, a master of the Dutch Golden Age whose delicate, carefully composed landscapes and exquisite preparatory drawings fuse agricultural landscapes in Holland with mythological Arcadian scenes in Italian settings.

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Media Enquiries:
Louisa Bee
Press and Communications Manager
+44 (0) 208 299 8710

Photo and filming opportunities
There are various opportunities to film and photograph over the course of the weekend. Illustrators and Gallery spokespeople will be available for interview over the weekend. Please email for further information. 

Listing info:
Friday 14 October 2016: 10am - 2.30pm
Saturday 15 October 2016: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday 16 October 2016: 10.30am - 4.30pm

A variety of drawing materials will be available

Children FREE
Adults standard Gallery entry: £8. 

Notes to eds

About The Big Draw
Founded in 2000, The Big Draw is an arts education charity that promotes visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. The charity leads a diversified programme encompassing advocacy, empowerment and engagement, and is the founder and driving force behind the The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing. The Big Draw manages collaborative research projects, campaigns and educational conferences on visual literacy, digital technology and STEAM. The charity supports professional and emerging artists through The John Ruskin Prize and exhibition, and through events, awards, and competitions, creates platforms for each and everyone who wants to draw.

About Dulwich Picture Gallery
Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery, founded in 1811 and designed by Regency architect Sir John Soane. It houses one of the finest collections of Old Masters in the country, especially rich in French, Italian and Spanish Baroque paintings and in British portraits from the Tudor period to the 19th century. The Gallery’s Permanent Collection is complemented by its diverse and critically acclaimed year round temporary exhibitions.