Organise an event

Thinking of organising your own STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival? Here are some reasons to sign up in 2016….. You can sign up throughout The Big Draw Festival in October (and beyond!) there is no deadline.  


who can organise an event?

Anyone can!

Whether you are from a gallery, museum, library, school, care home, community or you are just someone passionate about drawing, anyone can register to be part of the international Big Draw Festival 2016.

Join our annual festival of 1800 events from 1 - 31 October.

You can also register drawing events and exhibitions outside The Big Draw dates. These will be displayed throughout the year.

A handy step by step guide on how to register your event can be found here.

 When Should we sign up?

You are welcome to sign up and organise an event at any time of the year but you will benefit more from PR, marketing and social media activity if you organise your event(s) to happen during The Big Draw Festival 1-31 October. Registrations opened this year in June and remain open throughout October. 

Once signed up and registered you can add UNLIMITED EVENTS throughout The Big Draw Festival and up  until March 2017 if you want to add events to our site thereafter.

Organising an event - A message from The Big Draw Director: Kate Mason 



In light of pressure on funding, like all arts charities The Big Draw is being encouraged to generate more income from participants and from the public.  In support of this objective the Big Draw has developed a sliding scale of costs for organisers of  Big Draw Festival events, all set at fair rates to reflect the financial resources of the groups involved.  We believe that these event organiser fees represent the value of being part of the world’s biggest drawing festival.

Starting at £50 for non-fee paying schools and individual organisers the new subscription model can be viewed here.

You are The Big Draw, and our charitable mission would not be possible without your support. Read our FAQs here.

 What is included?

Guidance material on:

  • Drawing in Education settings
  • Drawing in Museums and heritage settings
  • Drawing in Community and other settings
  • Event organising
  • Marketing your event 

Digital Resources / downloads:

  • Big Draw Festival logos
  • 2016 Theme Logos
  • Branding Guidelines
  • Marketing Guidelines including social media toolkit
  • Posters
  • Certificates
  • Online mini magazine (Issue) around theme – Big Draw Ideas
  • Tips for The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival 2016.
  • Digital Banner
  • Stickers templates and downloads
  • Big Draw Animation.gifs


2016 Festival theme #STEAMBDF16

Every year we suggest a theme to help you plan your Big Draw Festival event. 

This year's theme is 'The STEAM Powered Big Draw', with a focus on bringing together Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths in school curricula worldwide.

EXCLUSIVE EVENT Organiser resources

To boost our support for our invaluable Big Draw organisers and to reflect our new subscription model, this year alongside digital resources we are supplying everyone who organises a Big Draw with a bumper pack full of everything you need to give your event that extra push, delivered direct to your door.

Once registered, event organisers will have access to exclusive online event listings, downloadable resources and you can request your bespoke welcome pack!

Registered event organisers also benefit from extensive marketing and PR activity to promote the Festival’s events and organisers to targeted audiences.

 All Big Draw Festival organisers are eligible to enter The Big Draw Awards with cash prizes for the most innovative events of up to £1000. More information HERE. Only registered organisers can apply so remember to sign up!

The packs vary in resources depending on your organisation / anticipated Festival size. We hope that these welcome packs will provide you with necessary marketing resources freeing up you to organise a draw dropping event! 

In the welcome pack:

  • School sets / full sets of our Power Drawing Book series.
  • Editable A2 Posters
  • Big Draw Festival Selfie Frame (A3)
  • Sticker Sheets
  • Balloons
  • Certificates
  • Our exclusive Artbox mini packs!
  • Drawing materials from the I Love Art range courtesy GreatArt. 

In addition, event organisers receive 35% off all items in The Big Draw Exclusives range from The Big Draw Shop!

 Key Dates

15 June 2016 - Event registration opens.

22 September 2016 - Official Launch of The Big Draw Festival at The Whitworth, Manchester.

1-31 October 2016 - The Big Draw Festival takes place around the world (over to you!).

1 December 2016

The Big Draw Awards submission deadline.