The Big Draw Festival is a worldwide celebration of drawing! Here at The Big Draw we promote the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. We are the founder and driving force behind The Big Draw Festival, which is a major component of our work in encouraging people to get back to the drawing board!
The Festival is made up of a collection of thousands of creative events, activities and workshops across the globe run by organisations big and small; from individuals to entire cities! It is you, the Organisers, who make our dreams a reality...
Who can organise an event?
Anyone can! Our mission is to get EVERYONE drawing...
For inspiration on running physical and digital events as part of The Big Draw Festival, read our 2020 Minimag here!
You are The Big Draw Festival!
Whether you represent a gallery, museum, library, school, care home, community centre or you are just someone passionate about drawing, anyone can register to be part of the international Big Draw Festival!
When Should we sign up and what are the fees?
The Big Draw Festival registrations open in February every year. Take a look at some of the Organiser benefits here. We advise you to sign up as soon as you can to register and access all the promotional resources available to plan and market your event(s).
Why is there a fee to Sign Up?
Without any public subsidy, The Big Draw Festival is 100% funded through your participation. You are not only taking part in The World's Biggest Drawing Festival you are joining a movement heralding the vital role of visual literacy in our schools, workplaces, healthcare settings and beyond. Find out more about our charity here.
Starting at £50 for non-fee paying schools and individual organisers the 2020 Festival subscription model can be viewed here.
Festival Sponsor-Partner Packages and sponsorship packages for Publishers are also available during The Big Draw Festival.
Your subscription includes: Exclusive access to marketing resources including guidelines, logos, posters, certificates, up to 50% off selected items in The Big Draw Shop, 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!
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!
Be part of The World's Biggest Drawing Festival!
Annual registrations to be part of The World's Biggest Drawing Festival open in February.
SIGN UP HERE to receive Big Draw Festival news!
Get in Touch
If you have questions about how becoming a Big Draw Festival Organiser can benefit you and your organisation please get in touch and we'll be happy to help!
When + Where does it take place?
The Big Draw Festival takes place annually from 1 - 31 October. Although once registered you can list your events any time of the year! We have many organisers or run monthly or even weekly events as part of their Big Draw subscription.
Although initiated in the UK events now take place worldwide, last year there were events in 28 countries and The Big Draw Community continues to grow!
THE Big Draw Festival Awards
Win up to £500 for your event! 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.
#TheBigDraw Festival Timeline
February: Theme announced and registrations open
February - April: Discounted early bird registrations for schools
September: Big Draw Festival Launch event and Big Draw Festival Awards (for previous year)
1 - 31 October: The main Big Draw Festival | Worldwide | Its over to you!
1 October - 31 December: The Big Draw Festival Awards Applications open and voting for The People's Choice Award 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!