For the third time now, on 01.10.2016 Kunsthaus Graz will be joining the worldwide BIG DRAW event. Across the globe, drawing becomes a shared tool for expressing experiences, spontaneous thinking and ideas—or simply for experimenting to your heart’s content.

THE BIG DRAW emerged from an initiative by the British CAMPAIGN FOR DRAWING, culminating in a drawing festival staged for the first time in 2000. From the outset, its focus has been on the pure joy of drawing – it is most definitely NOT about being “good at drawing”! Victorian artist John Ruskin saw drawing not just as an artistic pursuit but also as a fundamental basis of seeing, as a vital tool for thinking, inventing and communicating.


In the meantime, the BIG DRAW has evolved from a regional initiative into an international festival that forms a vibrant connection between Europe and North America: in large-scale drawing actions, people of every age and with all kinds of interests come together simply to draw to their hearts’ content: in large and small format, experimentally and playfully, whatever occurs to them or with techniques demonstrated by the artists involved. 


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Programme Overview BIG DRAW GRAZ 2016

ARTopia – putting drawing in the picture!

01.10.2016 > Kunsthaus Graz

At Kunsthaus Graz we invite you to the “ARTopia – putting drawing in the picture!” festival. On Saturday, October 1st you’ll find lots of stations in and around the Kunsthaus where you can get drawing. With cooking, music, film, light and other activities, you can practice a diverse range of techniques that will inspire you to draw. more...

Kunsthaus Graz

Lendkai 1
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9200


Opening Hours
Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm

Guided tours
Sun 2pm (EN), Sat 3:30pm (GER), Sun & public holidays 11am (GER), exceptions may apply. For specific dates, please visit our calendar. Guided tours also on advance notice.

Architecture Tour 
during exhibition free times only, Sun 2pm (EN), Tue-Sun & public holidays (GER) 11am, 2pm & 3:30pm or upon request

Mon-Thurs 9am-11pm
Fri-Sat 9am-1am
Sun 9am-8pm
T: +43-316/714 957


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