Organise an event

Registration is now open to take part in the world’s biggest drawing festival! Living Lines: An Animated Big Draw Festival, from 1-31 October 2017.  From cave men to the big screen and everything in between, this year, the theme of the world’s biggest drawing festival aims to unite pixels, pencils and people from across the globe to celebrate the universal language of drawing.
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who can organise an event?

Anyone can! Our mission is to get EVERYONE drawing...


Whether you are from a gallery, museum, library, school, care home, community or you are just someone passionate about drawing, anyone can register to be part of the international Big Draw Festival 2017!

Join our annual festival of over 1000 events from 1 - 31 October.

You can also register drawing events and exhibitions outside The Big Draw dates. These will be displayed throughout the year.

When Should we sign up?

Registrations are open for 2017. We advise you to sign up as soon as you can to register and access all the promotional resources available to plan and market you event(s) and get a name check in the PR!

Once signed up and registered you can add UNLIMITED EVENTS throughout The Big Draw Festival and up  until March 2018 if you want to add events to our site thereafter.


Starting at £50 for non-fee paying schools and individual organisers the festival subscription model can be viewed here.  Festival Sponsor - Partner packages are available for larger organisations.

£50 - Independent artists and non-fee paying schools (discounted rate)
£75 - Small grassroots community projects (discounted rate)
£150 - Small events - up to 150 participants
£400 - Medium events - between 150-500 participants (sponsor-partner rate)
£700 - Large events - over 500 participants (sponsor-partner rate)

In exchange we offer:  Exclusive access to marketing resources including guidelines, logos, posters, certificates, books on drawing, art material discounts, press release and sponsorship templates, eligibility for Big Draw Awards and a bespoke welcome pack.

You are The Big Draw, and our charitable mission would not be possible without your support. Read our FAQs here.

Need assistance fundraising for your event? Check our our sponsorship template and top tips here.

Does our event have to be free?

If you are able to fling your doors open to one and all for free that's great! 

But, many organisers take part to fundraise for their own campaigns, or if you have a workshop you'd like to align with drawing and The Big Draw Festival, signing up is a great way to boost the profile of your event!

Please refer to our Marketing Toolkit after signing up for tips on fundraising! 


 What is included?

Guidance material (case studies + videos):

  • Drawing in Education settings
  • Drawing in Museums and heritage settings
  • Drawing in Community and other settings
  • Event organising
  • Marketing your event 
  • Sponsorship + PR letter templates

Digital Resources / downloads:

  • Big Draw Festival logos
  • NEW! International Festival Logos
  • NEW! 25% off in
  • 2017 theme logos + banners
  • Branding guidelines
  • Marketing guidelines including social media toolkit
  • Posters
  • Certificates
  • Online mini magazine around theme – Big Draw Ideas
  • Tips for #LivingLines2017 Festival
  • Digital Banner
  • Stickers templates and downloads
  • Big Draw Animation.gifs

Read our testimonials here for more from our Big Draw Organisers! Alongside all the benefits above organising a Big Draw event can help you achieve DoE or Arts Award goals!

when + where does it take place?

The Big Draw Festival takes place annually from 1 - 31 October.  Although once registered you can list your drawing events on up until March 2018, so please do keep your events going as long as you wish outside of the official festival.  

Although initiated in the UK events now take place worldwide, last year there were events in 26 countries and it continues to grow. To reflect this international growth we have introduced official Big Draw Festival logos for every country that takes part. Download yours in the organiser area!

2017 Festival theme : #LivingLines17

Every year we suggest a theme to help you plan your Big Draw Festival event and get those creative cogs churning!

This year's theme is 'Living Lines'! Open to wide range of interprepations, this years Big Draw Festival is designed to get those marks moving! Whether you decide to get animated, theatrical, technical or messy we can't wait to see what you have up your sleeves! Read more on the theme here.

THE Big Draw Festival Awards

The Big Draw Festival Awards reward drawing without borders – activities that extend our definitions of drawing and audiences by being both experimental and inclusive. The prizes are donated by the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, which has supported the Awards for 11 years. All registered organisations are eligible to apply for one of our 7 awards of up to £750 each. The winners are selected by an panel 

New in 2017! People's Choice Big Draw Festival Award!

Alongside our annual Big Draw Festival Awards worth up to £750 each (all registered organisers are eligible to apply). For the first year in 2017, one of our awards will be selected by public vote. The most voted for event will be awarded £500 at our Big Draw Festival Awards ceremony in May 2018. So be sure to get your event out there!  

Votes open 1 October 2017 CLICK HERE for more information.

 Welcome Packs 2017

In addition to the digital resources and downloads available, all registered organisers will be able to request a bespoke pack of physical resourses posted direct to your door! 

2017 festival timeline

July 2017 - Big Draw Festival Awards (For 2016 Organisers + Big Draw Taster event)

1 - 31 October 2017 - The Big Draw Festival 2017 | Worldwide | Its over to you! 

14 October 2017 - The Big Draw Festival 2017 Living Lines Celebration event @ Millennium Gallery, Sheffield | FREE & All Welcome!

1-31 October - The Big Draw Festival People's Choice Award 2017 Votes open: