Draw on the moon

Making marks together on a truly Global scale

At The Open Draw we encourage collaboration and social drawing in all shapes and forms, but there are still some projects that astound us in their magnitude.

Discover an amazing interactive universal collaborative digital drawing project, crossing time, borders and even the physical world.

The artist Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson introduced ‘Moon’ last Autumn, where you can make a mark on the moon in a graffiti-like manner. Now you can also explore the visual landscape and search for your favourites, sharing them on social media.

The project was originally created to help bridge Berlin, China, and New York, but it has gone far beyond the original concept. So far over 35,000 people have left their mark on the moon and plans are being made for either an installation or exhibition to ‘bring the moon on earth’ in the future.

For the in- depth Vice ‘creators project’ article : http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/exclusive-video-make-your-mark-on-the-moon-with-olafur-eliasson-and-ai-weiwei

You can join in the project right here: http://moonmoonmoonmoon.com/#sphere


House of Illustration, London

Illustrator in residence at House of Illustration London

This summer 2014 House of Illustration will open its doors in the heart of the King’s Cross regeneration area, right next door to Central St Martins and close to the British Library. A unique public gallery and education space dedicated to exhibiting, celebrating and learning about British and international illustration and illustrators. The HOI employs a full time curator and is looking for an inaugural illustrator in residence. The residency will be an annual event promoting emerging illustration talent. 

Inaugural illustrator in residence

The illustrator plays an important part in the Housewarming festival of illustration in April and May and is to record the exciting events in the run up to House of Illustration’s opening this summer. The six-month residency is an exciting opportunity for an illustrator to get involved in all aspects of House of Illustration life. From online illustrations and blogs to displays, talks, education projects and community workshops. Applicants should read details for eligibility and apply by Tuesday 18 March.

House of Illustration
2 Granary Square


Exploring Drawing

Drawing has arrived!
No longer is it just a tool used only for preparation for the ‘real work’, drawing has finally been recognised as an art form in its own right. You see it everywhere in magazines, replacing photography, in shop windows replacing  signage, on tee shirts, shoes, you can see handrawn work everywhere. With more and more galleries, collectors, larger exhibitions and artfairs dedicated to drawing, it is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

It is also not neccessarily a solitary activity anymore. Sharing a common experience of drawing, side by side, or Collaborative, in groups, workshops and even in public spaces becomes an enhancing and enriching experience, for the creators and the viewers/consumers.

At The Open Draw, on this site and at our regular events, we want to celebrate drawing in all it’s forms, whether ancient, old and contemporary. We also want to discuss future thought, explore percieved boundaries in order to try and discover and offer new and exciting visual, educational and social experiences to everyone.