The Big Draw 2008

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Saturday 18 October
12 noon to 3pm

This October as part of the Campaign for Drawing the Holburne Museum is delighted to be working in partnership with Bath architects Stubbs Rich to help people of all ages and abilities to use architectural drawing to engage with the past, present and future.

At free drop-in workshops from 12 noon to 3pm on Saturday 18 October the Holburne and Stubbs Rich are offering the opportunity to learn and practice new drawing techniques using traditional methods as well as computer aided design.

One of the aims of this year’s Campaign for Drawing is to use drawing to look more closely at our built environment. Experienced staff will be on hand at the Museum to help all ages, from toddlers up, to learn how to represent their surroundings.

Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Holburne says: “Learning to draw is about learning to look and we are thrilled to be working with Stubbs Rich to help people look at and draw their built surroundings. This is obviously a very fitting collaboration as we prepare to embark upon our own building project.”

The workshops will take place in the Middle Gallery of the Holburne Museum which has been emptied in preparation for its refurbishment as part of the Holburne’s development project.

Gallery teachers will explain the art of perspective, using the fantastic view from the Gallery down Great Pulteney Street, and architectural drawing experts will help to translate these drawings into three dimensional representations using the professional software Sketch Up

Nick Stubbs, Director at Stubbs Rich commented: “We were delighted when the Holburne asked us to join them in this project – we are passionate about promoting architecture to young people and this provides the perfect forum to give people a taste of drawing and design in a beautiful and supportive environment.”

For further information please contact:

Katie Jenkins at the Holburne

Lesley Bowman at Stubbs Rich

The Big Draw 2008


The Holburne Museum
One of the country’s great small museums, The Holburne has a wonderfully rich collection of paintings, silver, sculpture, furniture and porcelain, with important works by Gainsborough, Stubbs and Turner. Housed in the 18th century Sydney Hotel and set within the park of Sydney Gardens, it is Bath’s most beautiful museum.

The Museum has closed to undertake a redevelopment that will see its existing home restored, refurbished and extended through a striking extension designed by Eric Parry Architects. The development will make the Museum fully accessible to all for the first time, create a purpose designed education space and allow more of the collection to be displayed than ever before. The renewed Holburne is scheduled to reopen in autumn 2010. The Holburne Museum is a registered charity (no. 310288). The development is supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (

Published on: 10/10/2008