Organise an event

Be part of The World's Biggest Drawing Festival in 2019!

Registrations and re-subscriptions are now open for 2019! Join us here for #DrawnToLife!

who can organise an event?

Anyone can! Our mission is to get EVERYONE drawing...


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 2019 registrations are now open! 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 2019 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, books on drawing, 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! 

SIGN UP HERE to receive Big Draw Festival news!

when + where does it take place?

The Big Draw Festival takes place annually from 1 - 31 October.  Although once registered you can list your drawing events  any time of the year! 

Although initiated in the UK events now take place worldwide, last year there were events in 26 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 2019  Festival Timeline

28 September 2019 - The Big Draw Festival Awards Ceremony (celebrating winners and Organisers from The Big Draw Festival 2018: PLAY!)

29 September 2018 - The Official Big Draw Festival 2019  Launch @ Manchester Art Gallery, UK Join us!

(many Big Draw Festival events begin in early autumn)

1 - 31 October 2019 - The main Big Draw Festival | Worldwide | Its over to you! 

1 October 2019  - 31 December 2019 - The Big Draw Festival Awards Applications open

2019 subscriptions are valid until February 2020 and your Organiser benefits are valid until this date

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!