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Join the World's biggest celebration of drawing in 2018!

Want to get a head start on your Big Draw plans? Sign up to our Big Draw news below to hear the 2018 theme announcement and more... 

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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 2018!

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?

The Big Draw Festival theme is announced and registrations open early in February 2018. 

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 2019 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

Sponsor-Partner packages
£400 - Medium events - between 150-500 participants 
£700 - Large events - over 500 participants 

See our 2017 Sponsor-Partners here.

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! 

However, 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
  • 2018 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

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 the following year, 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!

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.
Read more here.

New Award! 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!  

CLICK HERE for more information.

 Organiser Welcome Packs 

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! 

2018 festival timeline

February 2018Festival theme announced (With new early bird registration discount for schools).

February - October 2018 - Theme logos and digital resources including press and sponsorship templates available for download from The Big Draw organiser area. (You can also contact the team direct here!)

June - October 2018 - Free organiser welcome packs available on request.

July 2018 - The Big Draw Festival Awards Ceremony for 2017 Organisers.

1 - 31 October 2018 - The Big Draw Festival 2018 | Worldwide | Its over to you! 

1 November - 15 January 2018 - The Big Draw Festival Award Applications open.


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!