Dream big and draw at art festival

It’s time to get into drawing – in a big way. 

No talent? No matter. 

The family friendly Big Draw KY festival puts on a series of events all month long that are meant to make you laugh, think, dream – and draw.  

Local illustrator and children’s author Lady Rabia Abdul-Hakim, the event’s patron, said, “We are aiming to make this festival the largest and longest family festival in the region, positioning Cayman as a premier family destination, contributing to tourism and ultimately to national economic recovery.”  

Last year the Cayman Islands joined the worldwide Big Draw campaign, becoming the first Caribbean country to join the international Campaign for Drawing. In the 2011 Big Draw, more than 2,000 people partificpated in 11 events in Grand Cayman held by the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Camana Bay, Books & Books, the Cayman Islands Medical School and Open Canvas. 

This year, more than 15 Big Draw KY events are registered. 

“Drawing is a fundamental part of communication, self-expression, creativity and learning. It connects us socially and culturally …” Abdul-Hakim said.  

The first event, Big Draw Day Camana Bay at 3 p.m. on Oct. 19, will feature public performances and many participatory drawing activities, with Camana Bay transformed into a huge experimental drawing studio. Abdul-Hakim will host the event and volunteers and local vendors will be on hand to lead the drawing efforts. Activities will be photographed and showcased online at the Big Draw KY website.  

The second event, at the National Gallery on Oct. 26, features a full day of drawing activities and a host of workshops offering guests a chance to learn new skills. 

Local organizations, including clubs, schools, museums, and corporate teams, are encouraged to plan and register their drawing event.  

“We encourage businesses to host their own Big Draw KY events in-house because art improves employee morale,” Abdul-Hakim said. “It also contributes to social capital, connecting employees with similar interest and connecting them to their community at large.” 

Educators are also encouraged to attend the events to learn how art is promoting literacy. An award-winning documentary, Comic Book Literacy, will also be shown during the month. Most activities and events are free.  

Visit bigdrawcaymanislands.weebly.com for a full listing of Big Draw KY events.  

The Art of Drawing at NG 

As part of the Big Draw festival, the National Gallery is exhibiting drawings by local art students in the gallery’s Dart Auditorium. The Art of Drawing includes works from students at the Cayman Islands Further Education Center and St. Ignatius, Layman E. Scott and Cayman Prep high schools.  

“We hope visitors will enjoy seeing the work on display and feel inspired to do some drawing themselves,”the gallery’s education manager, Ginny Copley, said. 

The exhibition can be seen during the first two weeks of this month during gallery hours, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.  


Local artist John Broad participated in last year’s Big Draw.


Everyone can draw at Big Draw KY activities.