Fun Palaces meets The Big Draw Festival 2016


Join us for free, fun and inventive drawing workshops and activities taking place across Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery and contribute to the biggest public drawing event we have ever staged in the museum! All activities are suitable for all ages.

The Big Draw is the world’s biggest drawing festival from The Campaign for Drawing. Its 2016 theme of STEAM Powered (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) fits perfectly with the inventive imagination of Leonardo da Vinci. This coincides with our current exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from The Royal Collection, which is showing at Nottingham Castle until Sunday 9 October.



Inventions by Mik Godley
Saturday 1 and 2 October, 11-3pm
Project Lab

Artist Mik Godley invites you to contribute to a large, da Vinci-inspired, floor-based ‘sketchbook’ of scientific inventions. Look at the exhibition for inspiration and let your imagination run free as you channel your inner artist-engineer or whacky inventor by sketching down your crazy concepts, or colouring-in the ideas left behind by others.


Big Drawing Inspired by Evelyn Gibbs
Saturday 1 October, 11-3pm
F Gallery and Studio 1

Linked with the Hidden Treasures project in Bilborough we will be looking at current exhibition Evelyn Gibbs in Peace and Wartime, taking inspiration from Gibbs unique style to create one big drawing.
Join us for this free workshop to find out more about this prominent artist and contribute to a truly big draw!


Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October, 11-3pm
Long Gallery

Everyone an artist, Everyone a scientist. Two days to make, create, imagine and play! Bringing the wonders of art and science together, just like Leonardo Da Vinci. Fun Palaces believe in the genius in everyone and that creativity in community can change the world for the better. So join us as we explore the HUMAN MACHINE! Inspired by the da Vinci exhibition, there will be Sci–Art activities throughout the museum for the whole family to take part in, led by artists and scientists. This event is produced in collaboration with Ignite!, Nonsuch Theatre and Illuminate young arts collective.

ADA by Karina Smigla-Bobinski
6 to 23 October, 11am – 3pm daily
Long Gallery

ADA, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, 2015

ADA, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, 2015

Inspired by Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, ADA is an artwork with a soul, an automatic drawing machine that visitors are invited to push, pull and prod. Contained within a temporary room in the Long Gallery, when put into action this large, charcoal studded, helium-filled membrane slowly makes a series of marks, flecks, lines and points that act as a record or memory of its own movements.

ADA typifies Leonardo’s inventive approach to the world and is also presented at the Castle to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on 11 October. Click here for more details.

ADA is suitable for all ages, but queues expected at busy times.