Big Draw Blog

Announcing the Winners of The Big Draw Awards 2016!

Fri 27 May

The winners of the international Big Draw Awards 2016 have been announced! 


A Party in Honour of Sue Grayson Ford

Wed 18 May

On Monday evening, friends gathered for a party in honour of Sue Grayson Ford, our founder, who after 16 years at the charity's helm has handed over the reins to the Kate Mason so she can begin a new career sharing her passion of the arts.


New Director of The Big Draw Reveals STEAM Powered Agenda

Mon 16 May

Under the leadership of Kate Mason, arts education charity The Big Draw, creator and driving force behind the world’s largest drawing festival, has revealed its STEAM powered agenda.


Sketching and Painting for Mindfulness

Wed 13 Apr

When life is tough, drawing helps you slow down and be mindful. Emma Kay tells us how drawing helps her with anxiety.


Creative Multi-Tasking: Own Original Artwork & Support Arts Education

Tue 22 Mar

This year, amid his campaign to Save the Cass, Bob and Roberta Smith has once again shown his support for The Big Draw and our work by donating a timely artwork, ‘We have to Save Art Schools’, to our online It’s Our World auction. It is one of 30 lots up for grabs, which include drawings by Tracy Emin, Robert Plant and Quentin Blake, plus several, money cannot buy experiences.



Bid on art to support The Big Draw

Thu 10 Mar

British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn has made an incredible cake to celebrate the It's Our World auctions. An environmental art auction raising money for The Big Draw, Jupiter Artland and It's Our World, so we can continue to promote creativity for years to come.

Over 50 top artists have donated work. Find out how you can bag yourself a Tracy Emin, Nigel Kennedy or Robert drawing all whilst supporting our work to make the world a more creative place.


Laura Oldfield Ford Wins The John Ruskin Prize 2015

Fri 26 Feb

The John Ruskin Prize 2015 has been awarded to Laura Oldfield Ford, it was announced at The New Art Gallery Walsall, by arts education charity The Big Draw, yesterday evening.



The Christie's It's Our World Auctions

Thu 28 Jan

Leading artists have donated artwork to the It's Our World auctions to support The Big Draw. The auctions’ environmental theme will celebrate the environment and champion the importance of protecting it for future generations.


A Titanic Experience - The Big Draw in Belfast

Thu 28 Jan

There are few places as perfect to draw as Harland & Wolff, Belfast's iconic shipbuilding and offshore construction site. What better way to inspire the city than by showing how by drawing, imagination becomes reality. 


The John Ruskin Prize 2015 Shortlist Announced

Tue 09 Feb

On 25 February, the winners of The John Ruskin Prize 2015 will be revealed at a public awards ceremony hosted by The Big Draw at The New Art Gallery Walsall. 


How Drawing Changed Children's Lives

Tue 08 Dec

Artist Stephen Waterhouse created an incredible drawing of the world from children's drawings. Kids who never thought they could draw came away 'buzzing'.


Drawing Goes Beyond Art

Wed 02 Dec

Big Draw patron Sir Roger Penrose shared his belief in the magic of drawing to communicate ideas. Roger uses drawing everyday to communicate Maths and Science.


The Big Draw at the Rijksmuseum

Wed 04 Nov

Until recently it was unusual to see people drawing as part of a visit to the Rijksmuseum, or other museums in the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam. During the Big Draw at the Rijksmuseum sketchbooks and pencils were distributed to up to 20,000 people, inviting them draw in the spaces and galleries throughout the museum and to experience art in a new way. 


“These are my toys, they are for you.”

Fri 30 Oct

Responding to shocking images of asylum seekers making the dangerous crossing to Europe in recent weeks, the creative duo, De Koppoters, connected children in Holland with children seeking asylum, to share stories and friendship through the universal language of drawing.


Drawing The World (in the heart of London)

Thu 29 Oct

The Big Draw, University of the Arts London and House of Illustration brought thousands of people together to celebrate drawing and creativity.


Light Fantastic - Bringing Drawings to Life Through Light and Sound

Tue 27 Oct

Explore the wonder of light. Discover how to draw, differently. Compose music with a doodle. Get hands-on with fantastical family activities, workshops and shows and immerse yourself in amazing art installations - and much more.


Seeing Closer at the Royal Society

Tue 20 Oct

The Big Draw festival can be a beautifully simple way to communicate sciences to new audiences by utilising the links between science and art. The Royal Society recently hosted a Big Draw event for the second year running, but this time it was carefully themed on a 350 year old book and involved a much bigger programme of activities, involving many individuals and organisations working with the Royal Society.


Philip Pullman wants your questions

Fri 09 Oct

Ever wanted to ask Philip Pullman a question? On Oct 14 we've teamed up with BBC Get Creative so that you can.


Top science, media & architecture institutions support The Big Draw

Thu 24 Sep

This October, arts education charity The Big Draw, teams up with a record number of partners to create an extensive programme of free drawing events as part of its annual international festival, The Big Draw.


The World's First Printwitter!

Wed 16 Sep

What happens when traditional printing meets Twitter?


GreatArt Announced as Big Draw partner

Tue 22 Sep

The Big Draw is partnering with the largest art materials provider in the UK with big benefits for Big Draw organisers.


Philip Pullman & Chris Riddell launch The Big Draw 2015

Thu 06 Aug

On 19 September 2015, renowned author, Philip Pullman, and Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, will launch international drawing festival, The Big Draw 2015, at a free public event championing visual literacy and connecting nine venues across Oxford in an epic celebration of creativity.


Drawing the World with The Big Draw

Tue 04 Aug

Sunday 11 October, 11 – 4pm, Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C. Free

On 11 October, the international Big Draw festival will take over the vibrant new King’s Cross development with ‘Drawing the World’, and people of all ages are invited to join in a free programme of urban exploration, collaborative drawing and creative activities.


Artists of the Year 2015: Call for entries now open

Wed 29 Jul

Submit your latest masterpiece for the chance to win £10,000 worth of prizes in Artists & Illustrators magazine’s annual competition.


An interview with Pintar Rapido Founder, Roger Beckett

Tue 28 Jul

Pintar Rapido, the UK's biggest outdoor painting festival, takes place on the streets of London, this weekend, followed by Glasgow and Amsterdam later in the summer.


Congratulations to The Whitworth - Museum of the Year 2015!

Sat 04 Jul

The Whitworth Art Gallery has been named Museum of the Year 2015 at a ceremony, which took place at Tate Modern, on Wednesday.



Tue 30 Jun

Calling all UK based amateur and professional artists! The John Ruskin Prize is returning for its third year. This time with a bigger winning prize fund, additional awards and exciting, new exhibition opportunities!


The Big Draw Awards 2015

Wed 10 Jun

The Big Draw hosted its 16th annual awards ceremony in the prestigious Painters' Hall to highlight and celebrate the significance of drawing in the world


Why Drawing is Worth a Thousand Words

Wed 27 May

Drawing has proved, since the time that man became self aware, to be one of the most powerful communicative, and conceptual development tools we have.


Art is an Election Issue

Fri 31 Jul

In partnership with our colleagues at NSEAD we have commissioned a film of our patron Bob and Roberta Smith talking about why we should teach art in schools. Bob and Roberta Smith is currently standing against Michael Gove MP in Surrey Heath as part of the General Election 2015.


Andrew Marr Reveals The Big Draw 2015 Theme

Thu 06 Aug

Today, the theme for The Big Draw 2015 – Every Drawing Tells a Story – was revealed in an exclusive film by high-profile drawing advocate and long-standing Campaign for Drawing Patron, Andrew Marr, as registration opens for this year’s Big Draw festival.


How Drawing is Bringing Art And Science Together

Tue 28 Apr

At the Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre, drawing is an invaluable tool in the scientific study of forms in the natural world.


What is the Real Value of Art Education?

Wed 25 Mar

Paula Briggs, Director of Access Art on why visual arts education is essential. 

"We (you) understand the intrinsic value of art education. We trust it, celebrate it and push for it. And it all begins with a spark between eye, brain and hand... a piece of cardboard being manipulated… a mark on a piece of paper… a small idea "not talked out of existence..."


Vietnam’s first Big Draw

Tue 10 Mar

The first ever Big Draw in Vietnam raised money for local communities and charities. All through the sale of artwork by students at the British International School in Hanoi.


A drawing encounter on the District line

Wed 04 Mar

Every so often, most people question what they do and if we are very lucky why we care so much about what we do.  Occassionally it takes a chance encounter with strangers to point out what we already know to be true.


A Challenge to the Nation to Get Creative

Thu 19 Feb

BBC and the UK’s Cultural Organisations, including The Campaign for Drawing, launch biggest ever joint campaign...


The Great Ormond Street Big Draw

Mon 16 Feb

The Big Draw took over Great Ormond Street Hospital. With amazing results!


Recording Britain Now prize-winning piece purchased by Millenium Dome Architect

Thu 27 Nov

Architect Mike Davies of Millennium Dome and Pompidou fame – among many other things* - is a man whose long list of accolades put him at the forefront of groundbreaking design. We are thrilled to announce that at our event, last night, he selected the winning drawing from our Recording Britain Now exhibition to adorn his studio.


Drawing from nature with children in Amsterdam

Tue 11 Nov

Over 80 young children took part in a week of activities at Robbeburg International Playgroup in Amsterdam.


The Big Draw at The Natural History Museum

Tue 11 Nov

A Big Draw workhop at The Natural History Museum explored the different shapes inherent in nature through isomorphology.


Recording Britain Now Artist Interview: Mandy Payne

Fri 07 Nov

The Campaign for Drawing in collaboration with the Guild of St. George is delighted to bring an exhibition of drawings, paintings, prints and textiles by 23 artists shortlisted for the second John Ruskin Prize to Trinity Buoy Wharf.  Ahead of the exhibition, The Campaign for Drawing’s Rachel Price catches up with shortlisted artist Mandy Payne to get under the skin of a series of powerful works the artist presents for the exhibition.


The Big Draw at The Royal Society

Mon 27 Oct

The Royal Society's Big Draw demonstrated the connection between art and science. 


Leave Your Mark in Amsterdamse Bos

Fri 10 Oct

One of Amsterdam’s most beautiful green spaces will be the setting for The Big Draw this October, with an outdoor event designed to encourage visitors to enjoy creating art in the open.


The Big Draw Rijksmuseum - "Life is too beautiful not to draw"

Thu 09 Oct

Since its acclaimed re-opening, the Rijksmuseum has been at the forefront of shaping new approaches to the way we engage with art. This weekend, the leading national museum of the Netherlands is hosting The Big Draw Rijksmuseum and inviting everyone to take part.


The Big Draw 2014 launch

Wed 01 Oct

Parents and children gathered in great numbers to take part in the launch of The Big Draw at The V&A Museum of Childhood.


Our Hut and The Big Draw

Tue 23 Sep

Our Hut answers some questions about its involvement in The Campaign for Drawing's annual Big Draw.


Google Doodles

Fri 05 Sep

All 2000 Google Doodles since Google began. Google's team of illustrators produce possibly the most viewed drawings in the modern world.


Sharing in the Success of Pintar Rapido

Tue 23 Sep

Pintar Rapido is travelling to Amsterdam this weekend, but before setting off, the team has shared some of its London success with The Campaign for Drawing.


Join The Big Draw at London Illustration Fair 5th & 6th July

Mon 23 Jun

Rachel Price from The Campaign for Drawing interviews London Illustration Fair founder Sam Bennett about this year's fair.


Why I love The Big Draw

Wed 18 Jun

The way I feel about the Big Draw is sort of the way I felt about The New Kids on The Block circa 1989.  Well, minus the school-girl crushes. 


Digital Drawing at Tate Modern

Tue 01 Jul

At the Tate Modern you can make a creative response to your visit on a digital sketch pad, then see your drawing immediately projected on the wall.