Every year, The Big Draw awards 7 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. An additional award 'The People's Choice Award' is selected by public vote (see below).

*Please note: Only registered organisers are eligible to apply. 

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Winners of The Big Draw Festival 2018 have been announced!

Many thanks for your applications!

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 through The Big Draw Festival Awards which celebrate innovation, inclusivity and excellence in participatory drawing practice worldwide as part of The Big Draw Festival. This year, over 1800 events were held in 26 countries worldwide attracting a record number of visitors: Over 500,000 people got involved last year!

Our panel of judges, Dominic Wilcox, Marlene Wiley, Kate Mason and Liz Atkin, alongside our Big Draw Patron Narinder Sagoo, all spent a day in spring 2019 looking through all of the brilliant 2018 Festival Awards entries in the beautiful Foster + Partners building. 

Last year The Big Draw opened up a new prize, alongside the 6 panel selected awards: The People’s Choice Award, to a public vote. From over 250 nominations received, with a massive 20% of the public vote, the inaugural People’s Choice Award winner is 24H Drawing Lab, Rome, Italy. 

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.

MEET THE  #BDFAWARDS 2018 Winners!

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

Thank you to everyone who took part in 2018 and to those who applied for The Big Draw Festival Awards for #Play18!

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

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