Matlock artist stages events for Big Draw

IMG_1122Internationally acclaimed artist Nick Hersey is teaming up with Matlock Live to carry out a series of events and workshops that aim to get the general public involved in the simple act of drawing.

The project is organised as part of the international festival of drawing known as The Big Draw, which happens in over 500 countries, with over 200,000 people expected to take part globally.

Nick’s workshops are taking place in November in and around Matlock, where Nick will be visiting schools, cafes and public spaces.

He will be sharing tips and tricks to help people to draw portraits, as well as drawing a few portraits of willing volunteers himself.

A celebration of the drawing activities will take place in a grand finale in Hall Leys Park, on the  November 9.

The Big Draw workshops will be taking place at Presentation Sisters’ Centre Care Home, St Joseph’s RC, St Giles  and Castle View primary schools.

You can take part by joining him at Designate Arts Café on November 1, and Peli Deli Café and the Café in the Park in Hall Leys Park on November 9.

Nick is also inviting the public to join him for a workshop at the newly refurbished Derbyshire Records Office, in Matlock, on November 7.  There will be an exhibition of some of the works produced as part of their exciting new exhibition programme in the new year.

Nick Hersey has exhibited internationally, and since returning to the UK after living in Brazil, Thailand and China has focused his work on portraits of the local community.

Not only has he captured local characters such as shop keepers and musicians, he has also painted more renowned folk such as MP Patrick McLoughlin and The Duke of Devonshire.He is currently artist is residence at QUAD, Derby and works with schools throughout Derbyshire.

MatlockLive! has been an active force in bringing creative and performing arts to the people of Matlock in recent years.

It is a community interest company run by volunteers and has been responsible for many succesful festivals and events such as the infamous Pirate Day.

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