Preston walk in the park for creativity

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A former UCLAN lecturer is collaborating with an international arts festival to share her passion.

Fiona Candy, a local artist based in Preston, is running the ‘A Walk in the Park’ event in Winkley Square and Avenham Park, on Sunday.

The event, which has already had one walk and will have another on Sunday, is part of a major drawing festival and is linked to Preston Arts Festival.

Candy, a former textiles lecturer, said: “The first walk went really well. Drawing can have a positive impact on health and well-being and I think it’s really important to be connected to something that is bigger than ourselves.

“We’ll be really disappointed if we have to cancel this Sunday because of the weather. We’re watching the forecast.”

The walk in the park is part of the Big Draw, a festival run by a non-profit chairty of the same name that, according to it’s website, promotes ‘visual literacy’ through drawing.

The organisation has been credited with the world record for the longest drawing in the world, which reached one kilometre, and for the largest amount of contributors on one drawing, which was measured at over 7000.

Meanwhile, Preston Arts Festival has been an annual event in the city since 2001.

The three-week festival includes multiple disciplines such as music and theatre and ends October 20.

The next event as part of the big draw is Saturday 12 October at the Artistry House in Winkley Square.

For more information on Fiona Candy, you can find her here.