ABOUT THE BIG DRAW FESTIVAL AWARDS: WIN UP TO £750 FOR YOUR EVENT!
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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Applications for The Big Draw Festival Awards 2018 are now closed
Many thanks for your applications!
THE PRIZES | THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD 2018 | 2017 PRIZE WINNERS
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 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 gather in spring 2019 to decide the winners (categories below), winners are announced in summer 2019 prior to the awards ceremony and launch of The Big Draw Festival 2019 to be held in September. The winner of the People's Choice vote will be announced at the same time.
VOTING NOW CLOSED FOR THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD 2018
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.
Registration and theme announcement for The Big Draw Festival 2019 opens in February.
THE BIG DRAW FESTIVAL AWARDS 2018:
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. The winner will be announced with along with our panel selected awards.
MEET THE #BDFAWARDS 2017 Winners!
Take a look at our 9 winning projects from The Big Draw Festival 2017!
Thank you to everyone who took part in 2017 and to those who applied for The Big Draw Festival Awards for #LivingLines17.
The Big Draw Festival Awards Ceremony celebrating 8 winners selected from organisers of last years festival #LivingLines17 to be hosted at a private event at The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool on 29 September 2018.
Prior to the Awards ceremony at Walker Art Gallery on the same day, with our partners National Museums Liverpool and Art in Liverpool we welcome one and all to join our free The Big Draw Festival 2018 Launch!
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The Big Draw Festival Awards 2017/18 are supported by: National Museums Liverpool, The Arts Society, Fabriano, Marmalade on Toast, Simon's Group and Cass Art.
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).