Sumburgh Head open again for Big Draw

20th September 2016

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve will open again during the October school holidays to take part in the national 2016 Big Draw event.

From Saturday 8th to Sunday 16th October, the Visitor Centre facilities and Café will be open every day between 11.00am and 5.00pm.

This year, budding artists will explore the STEAM theme (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) using onsite resources such as the Marine Life Centre displays on the food chain and climate.

Judith Nixon, currently in residence at Bressay lighthouse will welcome drawers to the Stevenson Centre on Saturday 8th October to draw and talk about her work on sea studies.  The focus of Judith's work is directly informed by her experiences of living by the sea and includes swimmers, seascapes, seaweed and found objects.  She is currently working on a series of multi-media drawings, prints and paintings exploring the intersection between sea and land. 

 The drawing project will continue through the week, linking to the science of seaweed, and Julia Barton’s Littoral Art Project exhibition at the Shetland Museum and Archives, which visually explores ways to draw attention to the problem of waste plastic in our marine and coastal environments and the need to take action. Julia will give a talk in her work at 11.00am on Sunday 9th.

The week will include drawing activities for all ages and abilities, and participants will create vivid postcard images for the display in the panoramic windows of the Stevenson Centre. Inspirational information on the science of seaweed will help prompt drawing and thinking about this often over looked extraordinary plant-like marine algae, and the important area it plays in aquaculture.

Drawing media will be available to all visitors and many approaches to drawing and recording ideas will be encouraged. As part of her artist residency at Sumburgh Head, Julia will be sharing her fascination and enjoyment of seaweeds that she observes while mapping litter (across the Littoral Zones) of our beaches. For the Big Draw she intends to experiment with magnification and mark making methods to produce a series of seaweed drawings which will be shared at the visitor centre and online @LittoralArt.

The Big Draw event is free though normal admission prices apply to the displays in the Radar Hut, Marine Life Centre, Engine Room and Smiddy.

Children with season tickets are also welcome to use the RSPB Explorer packs and to complete the Wild Challenge activities to be a scientist at Sumburgh Head with sea bird monitoring and hunt for mini beasts and worm charming in the garden area.

Absolute beginners to drawing are very welcome and this could be a good place to start exploring!