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Artists' self-portraits to raise money for drawing campaign

Philip Pullman and James Lloyd among those donating their images to be sold for The Big Draw campaign

A row of familiar faces will line up inside a Bath gallery this month as celebrated artists and writers such as Maggi Hambling and Philip Pullman sell self-portraits to raise money for The Big Draw, an annual campaign to get people drawing.

Hambling, the portraitist and sculptor, will join James Lloyd, a former winner of the BP Portrait award, painter Emrys Williams and Royal Academician Chris Orr, along with the writers Pullman and Willy Russell, in a sale of original images, all donated to promote the cause of drawing.

The architect Piers Gough and Christopher Frayling, the writer and former rector of the Royal College of Art, are also among those who have picked up a mirror and a pencil and tried to put down a recognisable sketch of their features. Their handiwork will stand next to self-portraits by Observer political cartoonists Chris Riddell and Martin Rowson.

The Big Draw 2010, which is organised by the Campaign for Drawing, takes place throughout this month in hundreds of venues, including Bristol, Liverpool, Glasgow and Dulwich. The event is now the largest drawing campaign in the world and this year for the first time events will be staged around the world in tandem, at venues including the Museu Picasso de Barcelona, the Getty Center and Huntington Library in Los Angeles, the National Art School in Sydney, the Architecture Biennale in Venice, and various locations in Berlin.

"Drawing is a vital part of every creative process," said David Hockney, patron of the Campaign for Drawing. "It should be part of a visual education, in the same way that doing press-ups is part of an athlete's training."

Josie Reed, director of the Chapel Row Gallery, which is mounting the self-portrait sale in Bath, said that it offered a rare chance to buy unique work, much of which will be highly collectible. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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