Big Draw 2017 - GIANT Colouring-in Carpet


Public invited to help complete Giant Colouring-in Carpet at Gloucester Cathedral for Big Draw 2017!

Gloucester Cathedral is embracing the National Campaign for Drawing ‘Big Draw 2017’ with a spectacular free interactive week-long activity this October half term from Saturday 21 until Sunday 29 October 10.30am-5.00pm. Renowned architectural artist Amy Jane Adams has designed a brand new, GIANT colouring-in carpet that will run the entire length of one of the Cathedral’s world famous cloister walkways!

Stretching at least 20 metres in length the carpet details the beautiful fan vaulted ceiling and other architectural features of the cloister. The Cathedral warmly invites the public to come and add colour to this magnificent creation that will be in the cloisters daily.  The event will be free on a drop-in basis. Donations towards the cost of materials will be optional to those who wish to contribute.

Helen Jeffrey, Community Engagement Manager at Gloucester Cathedral said: “Amy Jane’s fantastic colouring-in carpet and live art installation will help to continue the Cathedral’s community engagement work, providing appeal to a wide audience.  Events like this are essential to bring fun to learning and creativity whilst also giving a platform to contemporary art; we hope that the public will really enjoy getting involved”

And that’s not all! The week will open with a two-day LIVE Draw where visitors will be able to view the artist creating an installation in the West Slype of the Cathedral, with large scale ink and watercolour murals inspired by the history

and architecture of the Cathedral. Life-size depictions of key figures from the Cathedral’s history like Abbott Serlo, founder of the Cathedral, Edward II and Henry VIII will take centre stage.

The artwork will be created in response to historical research gathered by the artist in the Cathedral’s Medieval Library.

This fantastic opportunity will run 10.30am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.oopm on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October.

Archivist at Gloucester Cathedral, Rebecca Phillips says: “It has been a pleasure to welcome Amy Jane into our historic library to undertake research into the history of our architecture.  As with all historic research the documents can only take us so far, and so we look forward to seeing how Amy Jane will fill the gaps in our story. This is where art and history can really work in partnership to give shape to events and individuals who are now lost to us in the historic records.”

Artist Amy Jane Adams aims for this new interpretation of Gloucester Cathedral to highlight the importance of the building’s design and architectural development, whilst linking to the Cathedral’s impressive history of engagement with contemporary art, including the renowned ‘Crucible’ exhibitions at the Cathedral in 2010 and 2014 from Gallery Pangolin that featured works from Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, David Nash and Sarah Lucas.

About the artist: Amy Jane Adams was born in Gloucestershire and studied at the London College of Fashion and Camberwell College of Arts. She has collaborated extensively with the National Trust, The Royal Oak Foundation and Church of England. Her knowledge of architectural history combined with contemporary artistic ideas has meant that her practice has naturally progressed into heritage curation. Amy Jane is represented by Ed Victor.

Additional Information and associated events:

  • Big Cathedral Draw at Gloucester Cathedral will open at 10.30am on Saturday 21 October. The Colouring-in cloister carpet will be in situ daily 10.30am-5.00pm from Saturday 21 October until Sunday 29 October.
  • Live drawing with the artist will take place all day on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 10.30am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm
  • A launch of all the installation artwork will take place on Monday 23 October with a cake and tea reception open to the public between 12noon-4.00pm. Press are also invited to this event and welcome to visit Amy Jane while she creates the work from Saturday 21 October 2017.
  • Accessible drawing stations will be provided along with mini-maker stations for young children

Opening Hours

For The Big Draw Project: Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 of October 10.30am-5.00pm

General Opening Hours: Daily 7.30am – 6.00pm please check our website for up to date information on opening times

For further information please contact:

Helen Jeffrey
Community Engagement Manager
Gloucester Cathedral
01452 229838


For artist information please contact:

Anna Beketov
PR Executive
Damson Communications

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