The work we do

The Big Draw is a pioneering arts education charity dedicated to raising the profile of visual literacy and drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, and social and cultural engagement. We believe drawing is an essential human skill important in all walks of life, and our work has won support from leading practitioners within the arts, sciences and education. Take a look at some of our campaign videos here.

We believe in 'drawing to learn, not learning to draw’ and with your support we can continue to champion the importance of visual literacy worldwide.

We are a small charity with huge aspirations in receipt of no statutory funding. We have created an international drawing festival has tempted over 4 million people back to the drawing board, established a platform for emerging artists; and we lobby in parliment to highlight the vital role of creativity in education and beyond and herald the STEAM over STEM agenda.

The Big Draw's continued development is made possible by the support of many organisations and individuals who share our vision. Without them and the commitment of hundreds of venues across the UK and beyond, our mission would be unachievable. 

We believe #DRAWINGCHANGESLIVES. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Registered Charity no. 1114811 | The Big Draw is a registered Trademark.

To make a fast, one-off donation of any amount use your credit or debit card via the secure via The Big Give. All donations, big or small make a real difference!




There are many ways to support The Big Draw mission! Take a look below at how to become a Festival Organiser, make a one-off donation or to sponsor a strand of our charitable work.

Become a Big Draw Festival Organiser | starting at £50 / year

Be part of our worldwide community of drawing enthusiasts and benefit from a whole host of organiser perks. You ARE The Big Draw Festival! Registration is now open for 2018!

Become a Big Draw Festival Sponsor-Partner | starting at £400 / year

A great way for larger organisations to be part of The Big Draw Festival and benefit from next-level promotional support. Becoming a Sponsor-Partner can be a potential stepping stone to various future partnerships with the Big Draw, whether in The Big Draw Festival or with our many other events, programmes and initiatives throughout the year. 

Take a look at some of our 2018 Sponsor-Partners here.

Click below to view the organiser subscription options and packages: 


Sponsor us with a Big Draw Publishers Package | starting at £700/ year

With over 15 years of experience of partnering with book publishers both monumental and mini and working directly with both emerging author/illustrators and more established veterans of the trade, our Big Draw Publishers' Packages will give your title a significant promotional boost directly to our engaged audience of creative professionals, educators and drawing enthusiasts.


Every year, The Big Draw awards 8 prizes and hosts a high profile 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. Sponsoring an award carries a number of benefits, take a look at the packages below.


Since The John Ruskin Prize launched in 2012, we have delivered 4 national prizes, considered entries from over 3000 artists and makers, awarded £15000 in prizes to 8 winning artists, promoted and displayed the work of 102 shortlisted artists and designers at high profile national museums and galleries attracting an audience of over 115,000 visitors to John Ruskin Prize shortlist exhibitions and events. Now approaching its 5th year, coinciding with the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth in 2019, the prize continues to grow in reach, reputation and support for artists whose work defies easy categorisation. Read more here and view Press coverage from the 2017 prize here.

Buy from or donate to The Big Draw Shop

The Big Draw Shop is a great place to find a unique gift for your crafty pals... Looking for an artwork by an artist on the up? Our Ruskin Editions collection features limited edition prints and originals by Ruskin Prize alumni. Sale of works primarily benefits the artists with a portion going back into The Ruskin Prize Fund.

If you are an artist, illustrator or author and you have items you would like to donate to The Big Draw Shop (alongside the likes of Chris Riddell, Nick Sharratt and Posy Simmonds...) we will host your web and portfolio links on and as supporters and promote your work to our social media following!

Contact Rachel if you would like to donate items to The Big Draw Shop.

Find out more about The Big Draw Festival reach and audience here.

Who The Big Draw reaches

Your support has already enabled us to make inspring progress. Every October, over 400,000 people participate in The Big Draw Festival all over the world thanks to inspiring events hosted by people like you!

Since our very first Big Draw Festival Awards over 15 years ago we have presented over 250 organisations, schools and charities with over £50k in awards to boost their creative outreach programmes and facilities. All registered Big Draw Organisers are eligible to apply for our annual awards.

The Big Draw Festival and Awards act as an important annual profile raising and fundraising opportunity for many charities, non-profits and outreach programmes. Just a few of the charitable organisations we have worked with include:  AlderHey Children's HospitalArts4Dementia, Blind Veterans UK, Great Ormand Street Hospital, Ordsall Community Arts, Oasis Cardiff, Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community, 3 Peel Group India, Wyre Community Land Trust, St Wilfred's Hospice and many more.

Every year, The Big Draw, both directly and indirectly provides paid employment and CPD opportunities for artists and creative practitioners. Every year, an average of 250+ artists are commissioned to design workshops and events as part of The Big Draw Festival. 

In 2012 we extended our support for artists by launching The John Ruskin Prize with The Guild of St George. The prize provides a supportive platform for UK based artists working in a range of media whose practice is under-pinned by drawing (in it's many guises). Take a look at the website here for more information.

 Thank you!

We depend on your ongoing support to fund and develop our pioneering work in promoting and increasing visual literacy, and ensuring that EVERYONE has access to creative opportunities and the limitless possibilities of drawing.