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Workshop/Course, Sat 5 Oct 2019


Drop-in event. No Booking required.
In 2019 The Big Draw Festival #DrawnToLife focuses on the vital role of creativity for health and wellbeing. As 'social prescribing' gains greater recognition as an effective tool for living a healthier and happier life; creating opportunities for accessible, fun, creative events has become more important than ever. So this is a great year to draw your community together, draw, explore, get out and about, kick start a new creative you and be part of The World's Biggest community of drawing enthusiasts!

The Berlin Wall, originally a symbol of repression, “fell” in November 1989. Hugely symbolic, it foreshadowed the collapse of the Soviet Union, and thus the end of the Cold War. Many artists and civilians often took the chance to paint and graffiti the western side of the wall, as they had the freedom of expression to do so. The eastern side remained bare in stark contrast, symbolic of the lack of freedom the citizens had. Since the wall’s demolition, artists have flocked towards it to decorate what remains, namely a long stretch that now exists as the East Side Gallery. Messages of hope, peace, collaboration and unity are common, as was taking away pieces of rubble as keepsakes.

Participants will be encouraged to reflect on current times and events, and the kinds of uplifting changes and messages they would like to see. This drop-in workshop will focus on embracing the spirit of harmony and collectivity, creating a “positivity mural” where audience members can leave their own messages of peace and hope.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 5 Oct 2019 12:00 to 16:00


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Map reference: TQ 152728  Lat: 51.44326 Long: -0.34244

Car : The National Archives is half a mile south of Kew Bridge, on the South Circular Road, A 205. Junction 2 of the M4 motorway is about one and a half miles away. There are 116 spaces in our car park which are free (on a first-come, first-served basis) to researchers using The National Archives. The car park is open from 08:30 to 19:00.
Train : The nearest station to the Kew office is Kew Gardens (Underground - District line and Railway - Silverlink Metro / North London line). Kew Gardens is in both zone 3 and 4, and the journey from central London to Kew takes about 40 minutes. It is a short walk from the station via Ruskin Avenue to The National Archives.
Other convenient railway stations for The National Archives at Kew are Richmond (Travel one stop from there to Kew Gardens) and Kew Bridge (a 15-20 minute walk to us).
Bus: The R68 bus route ends by the entrance to The National Archives, and the 65 and 391 bus routes run along Kew Road.
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Parking: free


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets