Creative Cricklewood, Events, Uncategorized


The Big Draw day went really well. Nearly one hundred people attended at Brent Mosque on a very cold day.

You could spot the Creative Cricklewood team by their Big Draw T-shirts, colourful berets and (at advanced level) by their stick on moustaches. The hall was decorated and welcoming. We had loads of clipboards, crayons, pencils and paper at hand and different areas for drawing set up around the hall. There was a beautiful still life set up, an exhibition of paintings by one of the mosque’s congregation and a life modelling area with hats and costumes for setting the scene. Down one side of the hall we were able to set up a huge row of tables to support a lovely roll of paper 10m x 2.5m big! There were also two special areas with seating and cushions where four different story tellers (from different faith backgrounds) took turns telling stories throughout the day.Drinks and delicious fresh cooked food was provided by the Mosque.

One of the highlights was in the afternoon when a group went up to the beautiful Mosque hall itself. Here we sat on the carpet and sketched the interior architecture and decorations whilst listening to two stories told by David Bash and Sarah Rundle. David Bash (a Jewish storyteller) told the story of how the beautiful Mosque at Cordoba in Spain, here the Christian rulers were persuaded to overcome their urge to demolish the Islamic architecture and built their Christian Chapel amongst the columns and arches of the Mosque.

The finale came when we lifted the second huge drawing and put it on display along the form of the stage at one end of the hall.

We are very grateful to Hampstead School of Art for their generosity in not only lending easels and drawing boards but sharing their expertise by running an excellent session using oil pastels. We were also very honoured to have a visit from Sue Grayson Ford the director of The Campaign for Drawing who organised the Big Draw.

Many thanks are also due to Angela Payne, Lead for Mapesbury Community First Panel, and Marie Ryan, Chair of NW2 Resident’s Association both of whom made the whole event possible through their support, encouragement and help with funding.

Finally we must thank The Mosque and Islamic centre of Brent, for their support, use of the hall and delicious food. In particular Yasir Alam and Chairman Mohammed Sadeeq. Thanks too to all the CC team that made it happen.

We will be compiling all the many photos and images over the next week or so and hope to show the excellent work that was achieved on the day.  Here are a few to whet your appetites: