The Big Draw Awards 2016/17: For Event Organisers of The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival 2016


You've made super volcanoes, drawn with electronics, icing sugar, and copper, you've wrapped castles, invented flying machines and ships and turned STEM to STEAM in style! It's now time to shout about your fantastic achievements. Thank you to everyone who has created such innovative events communicating the importance of STEAM  and for your applications. Timeline for announcements in 2017 below:

Supported by: The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust .

The shortlist will be announced March 2017.



 #STEAMBDF16 Awards Selection Panel:

David R. Glowacki, Scientist, Artist, Cultural Theorist and Royal Society Research Fellow.

Kate Mason, Director, The Big Draw

Stefanie Stead, Architect, Designer, Director Stead & Co.

Mike Stirling, Head of Beano Studios (Scotland)


1. Primary School Award - £750

2. Secondary School Award - £750

3. Art Clubs and Societies Award - £500 Art Vouchers

4. Community, Participatory and Libraries Award - £750

5. Museums & Galleries Award - £750

6. Guest Panellist's Choice Award - £500

7. Founder's Award - £750


 'Drawing with Microbes' - Artworks by 80 Big Draw Festival participants in Dr. Patrick C. Hickey's workshop @ The Royal Society's STEAM Powered Big Draw Event, 22 October 2016.


Every year The Big Draw awards 8 prizes and hosts an awards ceremony showcasing the jaw dropping Big Draw Festival events of organisations and individuals worldwide, selected by an expert panel of art educators and innovators. Winners are selected on innovation, resourcefulness, facilitating widening participation and engagement with the theme (in 2016 this was: The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival).

Only organisations and individuals registered for The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival 2016 are eligible to apply for The Big Draw Festival Awards. 

Both UK and international organisers are eligible to apply for all awards.


Applications Open: 1 November 2016

Applications Close: 5pm, 1 December 2016

Panel Selection: 7 February 2017

Shortlist Announced + Ceremony Save the Date: 13 March 2017

The Big Draw Festival Awards Presentation Ceremony: Late June 2017


The Big Draw Festival Awards 2015/16

Award Winners for The 2015/16 Big Draw Festival 'Every Drawing Tells A Story'.

On 26 May 2016 we launched our all new, bigger, Big Draw Festival Awards at the unique Hoxton Hall, London.  Heartfelt congratulations to our 10 winners and to all those who applied and organised Big Draw Festivals in 2015. The judges' decisions were not an easily made!

The new Museums & Galleries Award - This year won by a collaborative event by the Booth Museum of Natural History and The Drawing Circus which encouraged 110 adults to bring the story of the collection and its eccentric founder, Victorian naturalist Edward Booth to life, with models and peformers with the help of a theatical life drawing programme.

We realise Big Draw events are often organised on a real shoe string budget so we look for innovation, inclusivity and engagement with the theme (in 2015 - Every Drawing Tells a Story) . Thank you and see you this year for The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival!

Read the winners announcement press release HERE. Read our blog post on the ceremony and winners HERE.




NADFAS Young People Award - £1000 

*Primary School  Award - £500 + £50 GreatArt Vouchers

Primary School  Award - £500 + £50 GreatArt Vouchers

Secondary School Award - £750 + £100 GreatArt Vouchers 

GreatArt prize for Clubs and Societies - £500 Great Art Vouchers

Community, Participatory and Libraries Award - £750

Museums & Galleries Award -£750

International Award - £250

Guest Panellist's Choice - £250

Founder's Award - £750

*The judges selected x2 schools for The Primary School Award this year.