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Prism Arts sets amazing Draw-a-thon challenge to celebrate 30 years

Prism Arts - Draw-a-thon 2017[P]rism Arts has set an amazing creative challenge to celebrate 30 years of Prism Arts.

This challenge is a 30 hour Draw-a-thon, non-stop drawing for 30 hours straight. Anyone can get involved, all ages and all abilities can come and make their contribution to the amazing large scale artwork that will be created over the 30 hours. People do not need to bring any materials and they can stay as long as they wish.

The Draw-a-thon is being held at the Old Fire Station in Carlisle on Sunday 11th June and Monday 12th June. The public are invited to drop in and draw between 10am-4pm on Sunday 11th, and 10am-4pm on Monday 12th.

The Prism Arts team of artists and staff will be drawing from 10am on the 11th until 4pm on the 12th.

Catherine Coulthard, Prism Arts Director said: “This is a brilliant way for everyone involved to celebrate Prism Arts 30th Anniversary; I am booked into the Midnight until 5pm slot and can’t wait to get drawing! It is all for a good cause as we hope to raise enough money for Studio Theatre company to go out on tour!”

The theme of the Draw-a-thon is “This is me”. There is no limitations on what you can contribute, it could be a scribble, a sketch or a masterpiece! The idea is to have many people over the 30 hours contributing to an art work which can be enjoyed by everyone.

Prism Arts are very thankful to Stead McAlpin, the textile print work company at Cummersdale, for their generous donation of 150m of fabric for the Draw-a-thon.

The Draw-a-thon is part of a wider fundraising campaign through Crowdfunder, an online fundraising site, which Prism Arts launched this month. The Crowdfunder is raising money for their Studio Theatre Company to take their next production “Shadow Tales” on tour around theatres in Cumbria.

In return for donating toward the Crowdfunder people can choose a reward, depending on the amount they give. Rewards on offer include beautiful hand-printed tote bags, original artwork and the chance to have a shadow puppet scene made for you which will be performed during one of the live shows. To discover more about the Crowdfunder please visit

Portrait by Celia Burbush
Portrait by Celia Burbush

Another reward which is available for one day only is the opportunity to have your portrait drawn by Cumbrian artist Celia Burbush. She will be in residence on Sunday 11th June in the Old Fire Station from 10am-4pm to draw the portraits. Portraits are £30 which is being donated by her to Prism Arts. This opportunity is limited to 6 people, book to avoid disappointment by pledging on the portrait reward on their Crowdfunder – Time slots can be requested on a first come first serve basis.

People will have the chance to meet the cast of ‘Shadow Tales’ as The Prism Arts Studio Theatre Company members will be in residence at the Draw-a-thon on Monday 12th between 10am – 3pm.

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