On 28 September 2019 in the splendid rooms of the Holden Gallery in Manchester, 24H Drawing Lab by Sara and Rivka Spizzichino received the People’s Choice Award presented by The Big Draw.
The prestigious British award linked to contemporary design has recognized innovation, accessibility and passion as fundamental values in the project born in 2013 by the artist Sara Spizzichino and the photographer Rivka Spizzichino, with the aim of literacy to creativity also and above all who it does not come from artistic contexts.
The award, organized in Italy by Carta Fabriano and established by The Big Draw (formally Campaign For Drawing) is heir to what was founded in 1870 by John Ruskin under the name of Guild of St. George and is an English organization that has the purpose of educating in the arts and recognizing the dignity of drawing as an instrument of observation and study of reality and which also sees among its patrons the artist David Hockney and the illustrator Sir Quentin Blake.
The project that 24H Drawing Lab has created in Rome for The Big Draw, has involved in the front line the Centre of Documentation for Contemporary Artistic Research Luigi Di Sarro, and the National Roman Museum Palazzo Altemps with free events open to all.
Centro Di Sarro hosts 24H Drawing Lab as part of the Big Draw Festival 2018. Since 2000, the annual international festival of design, which unites people under the motto “drawing is a universal language / design is a universal language”, It takes place regularly in more than 25 countries, involves more than 1000 events and has brought over 4 million people to the drawing board. Big Draw Festival takes place this year from 1 to 31 October worldwide, and from mid-September to mid-October for 31 days it arrives in Italy. Beneficial institution for arts education, The Big Draw is the founder and motor of the Festival and believes that “everyone can draw”. The Big Draw promotes design as a universal language capable of changing lives and bringing people of all ages, origins and religions from all over the world together.
Centro Di Sarro and 24H Drawing Lab are happy to present “From vision to observation. Solution to perceptual problems in the design. “On October 9th 2018 at 3pm, free meeting by reservation where the artist Sara Spizzichino and the photographer Rivka Spizzichino will help to recognize the most common pitfalls that do not allow to draw well, facing the perceptive difficulties that they meet in transferring their sign on the white sheet. Understanding and overcoming these difficulties helps to free oneself from one’s internal censor, allowing even non-artists to find their own creative way. The events in Italy are supported by Fabriano.
The workshop in Rome took place on 9th October in the Centro Di Sarro spaces in Via Paolo Emilio 28, from 3 to 6 pm. The Centro is also home to the Luigi Di Sarro Historical Archive which preserves the legacy of the artist’s works, including a fund of over 10 thousand drawings.