Every year The Big Draw awards 8 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 (this year, The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival).

If you would like to join us for the The Big Draw Festival 2016 please visit our organise an event page here.  If you have already registered please note applications open on 1 November 2016 and close 1 December 2016. Registered Big Draw Festival organisers will be e-mailed on the last day of The Big Draw Festival to announce applications open. Good luck!

Only organisations registered for The Big Draw Festival 2016 are eligible to apply.

Both UK and international organisers are eligible to apply for every award listed below:


1. *NADFAS Young People Award - £1000 

*Organised by young people for young people.

2. Primary School  Award - £750

3. Secondary School Award - £750

4. Art Clubs and Societies Award - £500 Art Vouchers

5. Community, Participatory and Libraries Award - £750

6. Museums & Galleries Award -£750

7. Guest Panellist's Choice Award - £500

8. Founder's Award - £750





The Big Draw Festival Awards 2016  

Award Winners for The 2015 Big Draw Festival 'Every Drawing Tells A Story'.

On 26 May 2016 we launched our all new, bigger, Big Draw Festival Awards at the unique Hoxton Hall, London.  Heartfelt congratulations to our 10 winners and to all those who applied and organised Big Draw Festivals in 2015. The judges' decisions were not an easily made!

The new Museums & Galleries Award - This year won by a collaborative event by the Booth Museum of Natural History and The Drawing Circus which encouraged 110 adults to bring the story of the collection and its eccentric founder, Victorian naturalist Edward Booth to life, with models and peformers with the help of a theatical life drawing programme.

We realise Big Draw events are often organised on a real shoe string budget so we look for innovation, inclusivity and engagement with the theme (in 2015 - Every Drawing Tells a Story) . Thank you and see you this year for The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival!

Read the winners announcement press release HERE. Read our blog post on the ceremony and winners HERE.




NADFAS Young People Award - £1000 

*Primary School  Award - £500 + £50 GreatArt Vouchers

Primary School  Award - £500 + £50 GreatArt Vouchers

Secondary School Award - £750 + £100 GreatArt Vouchers 

GreatArt prize for Clubs and Societies - £500 Great Art Vouchers

Community, Participatory and Libraries Award - £750

Museums & Galleries Award -£750

International Award - £250

Guest Panellist's Choice - £250

Founder's Award - £750

*The judges selected x2 schools for The Primary School Award this year.