Every year, The Big Draw Festival Awards celebrate drawing and creativity without borders. 7 Prizes are awarded to organisations, individuals and schools worldwide who demonstrate the vital role of drawing as a tool for communication, innovation and inclusivity as part of The World's Biggest Drawing Festival.

The Big Draw awards 6 prizes and hosts an awards ceremony showcasing these jaw-dropping Big Draw Festival events hosted by Big Draw Co-Creators worldwide - the winning events are selected by an expert panel of art educators and innovators from a diverse professional backgrounds.  An additional award 'The People's Choice Award' is selected by public vote (see below).

*Please note: Only registered organisers are eligible to apply for The Big Draw Festival Awards. Want to take part in The World's Biggest Drawing Festival in 2019? Click here to find out more about being a Big Draw Festival Organiser. Please contact us if you have any questions about becoming a Big Draw Festival Co-creator in 2019!

The Big Draw Festival Awards Ceremony 2019

Saturday 28 September, 1 – 6pm

Manchester School of Art, (4th Floor, The Benzie Building), Higher Ormond Street, Manchester, M15 6BG |  RSVP essential:

If you are interested in joining us to celebrate the achievements of last years Big Draw Festival Award Winners please RSVP to: with your name, organisation (if applicable) and email address. Spaces are limited so please RSVP before 20th September 2019.

On the day we'll be raising a glass, and a pen or two, in celebration of the achievements of Big Draw Festival Award winners for their events as part of the 2018 festival: PLAY! The Awards celebrate innovation and inclusivity in participatory creative practice worldwide. This year’s winners come from all corners of the globe, including Nairobi, Rome as well and closer to home!

The event will be an excellent opportunity to try your hand at drawing workshops, meet The Big Draw Team and the inspirational organisers who make The Big Draw Festival what it is today. The winners projects can be viewd by following the link below:

The Winners of The Big Draw Festival 2018: Play!

Take a look at our 9 winning projects from The Big Draw Festival 2018!

A huge thank you to everyone who organised and took part in The Big Draw Festival 2018. You took to the 2018 theme: PLAY  with serious gusto! You got messy, laughed, experimented, danced, tried new things, and created a few masterpieces along the way...

Now it's time to say thank you to everyone who brings such passion and innovation to The Big Draw Festival every year! In 2018, over 1800 events were held in 26 countries worldwide attracting a record number of visitors: Over 500,000 people got involved last year!

With thanks to the 2018 panel of judges: Dominic Wilcox, Marlene Wiley, Kate Mason, Liz Atkin, and Big Draw Patron Narinder Sagoo.


The People's Choice Award

Alongside our 6 panel selected awards, our 'People's Choice Award' is selected entirely by public vote! This one is in your hands....  Big Draw participants can vote for their favourite events here. If you are an event organiser, encourage your visitors to vote for you by sharing the voting page as part of your event marketing.  

Registered Big Draw Organsiers are eligible to apply for the panel selected awards and receive votes from the public in The People's Choice Award.


Only organisations and individuals registered for The Big Draw Festival are eligible to apply for the main Festival Awards and be eligible for The People's Choice vote.  Both UK and international organisers are eligible to apply for all awards.



The Prizes below are accompanied by unique certificates designed by a Big Draw Patron, past artworks have been designed by Sir Quentin Blake, Chris Riddell and Zoom Rockman. All winners are invited to a high profile ceremony to receive their awards.

1. Primary School Award

2. Secondary School Award

3. Art Clubs and Societies Award

4. Community, Participatory and Libraries Award

5. Museums & Galleries Award

6. Guest Panellist's Choice Award

7. The People's Choice Award (By public vote)

The People's Choice Award is not panel selected but decided by public vote. Click here for more information on voting.

Winners for The Big Draw Festival Awards 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

(Big Draw Organisers have access to event inspiration from the entire archive in the members area).