The Big Draw Awards 2016 are Now Closed for Entries!

Many thanks for all of your applications - there's been some truly inspiring submissions and we look forward to reviewing them all.

Winners will be celebrated in the 2016 awards In May - check the main site and our Twitter feed to see which applicants have won some of the following different awards!

Click here to view a list of everyone that applied. 

 The 2015 Awards

Login to enjoy inspiring drawing events from 15 years of The Big Draw Awards.

Mike Leigh presenting NEATEN's award.

"The Big Draw is an inspiring idea for communities like ours, where people feel excluded from mainsteam arts... It gives OCA kudos with the city council at a time when the funding of voluntary sector organisations is under severe threat.”

Leslie Holmes, Lead artist and chair of Ordsall Community Arts. Award Winners in 2014.

Stanley Grove Academy, Manchester - One of our Creative School Award winners 2015.

the awards

The NADFAS Award is for the best event to creatively engage young people (8 to 18 years). This could be led by young people, or organised by a museum, art gallery or heritage site to connect young people with their venue. 

Eastbury Comprehensive School, 'One World Seven Million Styles' - NADFAS Award winners 2015.

Barbara Whatmore Awards up to £750. 9 Awards: 3 winners, 3 runners-up & 3 highly Commended.

These are general awards for outstanding Big Draws - from world leading events by major institutions to imaginative and resourceful projects by grassroots communities.

Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts - Big Draw Award winners 2015

The Creative School Award of £500 + £200 GreatArt Vouchers 

This is awarded to a primary or secondary school which goes beyond the curriculum to offer students and the wider community an exceptional learning experience. In 2015 Great Art are supplementing this award with a further £200 in GreatArt vouchers.

This year, we are proud to introduce the  GreatArt Award for Art Clubs, Groups & Societies of £500 of GreatArt gift vouchers.

This is a new award sponsored by our 2015 partner: GreatArt which recognises innovation and excellence in Big Draw events organised by art clubs or societies.