The work we do

The Big Draw is a pioneering arts education charity dedicated to raising the profile of visual literacy and drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, and social and cultural engagement. We see drawing as a basic human skill important in all walks of life, and our work has won support from leading practitioners within the arts, sciences and education.

We believe in ‘drawing to learn’, not just ‘learning to draw’ and with your support we can continue to champion visual literacy.

By organising your own Big Draw Festival you become an ambassador of The Big Draw message that #DrawingChangesLives. Find out about registering your Big Draw event HERE.

The people we help

Your support has already enabled us to make inspring progress. Every October, over 414,000 people participate in The Big Draw, the world's biggest drawing festival. We create a platform for emerging artists with The  John Ruskin Prize and exhibition; and throughout the year we deliver outstanding education and event programmes that reach thousands of young people and educators.

Thank you...

... for helping us put visual literacy at the top of the agenda.

We depend on your ongoing support to fund and develop our pioneering work in promoting and increasing visual literacy, and to ensure that we continue to flourish and grow.

To find out how to become involved and support our work please visit our Donate and Sponsorship pages, or contact:

Kate Mason, Director by email at or by telephone on  +44 (0) 203 758 4118. 

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