The Big Draw's Big Splash - celebrating illustration for children and adults

Visitors can "fry up" crazy culinary drawings with Doodle Cook author Hervé Tullet, famous in his home country of France as the'prince of pre-school books' and why not join Marion Deuchars in sampling some inspiring activities from her new book, Let's Make Some Great Art.

At noon, Quentin Blake will arrive by tugboat to cut a ribbon spanning Islington's Battlebridge Basin, launching this FREE day of non-stop creativity as well as the start of The Big Draw, the largest drawing festival in the world taking place throughout the UK during October.

Visitors will be able to head canal-side to build and race paper boats or take an unusual ferry ride on the Root Lounge to visit the Floating Forest.Or why not take a trip on the floating narrow boat studio that will wind its way to Camley Street Natural Park and the London Canal Museum where yet more fun is planned.

Quentin Blake and other Big Picture Frame stars will also be racing against the clock to complete huge masterpieces, while visitors create their own mini-marine masterpieces in a matchbox!

Paula Campbell, Director of Communications at Veolia Water UK said: "We are delighted to support The Big Draw.Drawing is such an important creative outlet, as well as being hugely important in many areas of our business lives, raising its profile as an enjoyable personal and group activity is something that is hugely rewarding".

On the day, signed books and art materials will be available to buy and the Green and Fortune's Café and Rotunda Bar & Restaurant will be offering a wide choice of food and drink, including special children's menus.

To book your place for the timed workshops call Kings Place on 020 7520 1490 or visit the box office and full programme listing here

All activities and boat trips are free and everyone is welcome to drop in and join in!

The activities take place between 12pm - 5pm on Sunday 25th September at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG - just around the corner from Kings Cross and St Pancras rail stations.


Notes for Editors

For more information please contact James Owen at the Veolia Water Communications team on [email protected] or 01707 277110.Alternatively, visit the Campaign for Drawing website at or read more about what's on at the Big Draw's Big Splash here
Veolia Water provides water and wastewater management services throughout the UK and Ireland and is part of the world's leading water company.Veolia Water specialises in delivering integrated sustainable solutions that range from drinking water supply management and wastewater treatment to bespoke design solutions for business and industry.
The Big Draw's Big Splash is sponsored by Veolia Water UK and supported by Kings Place Music Foundation, publishers Laurence King, Phaidon and Jonathan Cape, global experiential marketing agency Momentum and manufacturer of interactive tablets Wacom.
The Big Draw's Big Splash launches the annual Big Draw Festival, which includes over 1,000 drawing activities across the UK and now in 22 other countries, from 1 to 31 October each year.
For full festival listings at the Big Draw's Big Splash, visit
The Campaign for Drawing aims to get everyone drawing.It raises the profile of drawing, promoting it as an effective tool for perception, invention and communication.Its long-term ambition is to change the way drawing is perceived and used by professionals and the public.The Campaign's annual flagship, The Big Draw, proves that drawing can be a public activity as well as a private passion.The original inspiration came from visionary Victorian artist and writer John Ruskin, whose mission was to teach people how to see through drawing.The Campaign demonstrates how learning through drawing can take place in schools, museums, galleries and heritage sites and can be used to connect communities.
Launched in 2000, The Big Draw has encouraged over a million people back to the drawing board.It has notched up two world records - for the longest drawing in the world (one kilometre) and the greatest number of people drawing simultaneously (over 7,000). The Big Draw has transformed national museums, Trafalgar Square, Somerset House and even the South Kensington underground tunnel into dynamic creative spaces enjoyed by thousands of people for a day.