The StreetDraw24 is an amazing project formed from a simple idea - "draw from the streets of your town over 24 hours and use what you create to do something good." It’s been going since 2018 where it was created by an illustration student at Falmouth University.
In such a creative community there are a plethora of artists and image makers who will take to the streets over 24 hours in October each year to create artwork inspired by the local environment. After creating work both together and alone (some people do the full 24 hours to echo the homeless experience, but many dip in and out at various locations) artworks are donated for an exhibition at The Poly and sold to raise money for St Petrocs homelessness charity.
This was the first year I took part, being reassured that there is no 'base line' drawing or painting level necessary for getting involved!
Many local community groups take part as well as professional artists, including a couple of local primary schools.
A few friends and I joined the meet up at Pendennis Point for sunrise on the second morning of the draw - and wow it is worth being up there just for the light!
There was such a lovely atmosphere as people settled in groups with their art materials, or wandered to the more secluded spots to gain a different point of view. Also a big thank you to the Kernow Coffee van who opened up especially for us at 7am with hot drinks and cakes to fuel the creativity.
This project is funded by FEAST and is supported by The Poly, the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and DSKVR. It has gone from strength to strength in recent years, gaining a wider reputation and raising over £4000 for St Petrocs in 2020.
For info on how to get involved next year, keep an eye on their social media: @streetdraw24