Organise an event

From libraries to lidos, schools to science centres...
Every year, 1-31 October over 1000 organisations open their doors to 300,000+ visitors worldwide to celebrate the universal language of drawing - Join the world's largest community of drawing enthusiastics! SIGN UP HERE for BIG DRAW BIG NEWS for all exclusive organiser offers, announcements and events.

who can organise an event?

Anyone can! Our mission is to get EVERYONE drawing...


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 2017!

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?

We advise you to sign up as soon as you can once 2017 registrations open to register and access all the promotional resources available to plan and market you event(s).  In February 2017, we officially announce the theme and open registrations for The Big Draw Festival #LivingLines2017, you can sign up anytime from 21 February 2017 right up until the end of The Big Draw Festival. 

Once signed up and registered you can add UNLIMITED EVENTS throughout The Big Draw Festival and up  until March 2018 if you want to add events to our site thereafter.


Starting at £50 for non-fee paying schools and individual organisers the festival subscription model can be viewed here.  Festival Sponsor - Partner packages are available for larger organisations.

In exchange we offer:  Exclusive access to marketing resources including guidelines, logos, posters, certificates, books on drawing, art material discounts, press release and sponsorship templates, eligibility for Big Draw Awards and a bespoke welcome pack.

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 
  • Sponsorship + 

Digital Resources / downloads:

  • Big Draw Festival logos
  • NEW! International Festival Logos
  • NEW! 25% off in
  • 2017 Theme Logos
  • Branding Guidelines
  • Marketing Guidelines including social media toolkit
  • Posters
  • Certificates
  • Online mini magazine around theme – Big Draw Ideas
  • Tips for #LivingLines2017 Festival
  • Digital Banner
  • Stickers templates and downloads
  • Big Draw Animation.gifs

 Registrations open 21 February 2017. Sign up to the mailing list here.


when + where does it take place?

The Big Draw Festival takes place annually from 1 - 31 October.  Although once registered you can list your drawing events on up until March 2018, so please do keep your events going as long as you wish outside of the official festival.  

Although initiated in the UK events now take place worldwide, last year there were events in 26 countries and it continues to grow. To reflect this international growth we have introduced official Big Draw Festival logos for every country that takes part. Download yours in the organiser area!


2017 Festival theme : #LivingLines2017

Every year we suggest a theme to help you plan your Big Draw Festival event and get those creative cogs churning!

This year's theme is 'Living Lines'! Open to wide range of interprepations, this years Big Draw Festival is designed to get those marks moving! Whether you decide to get animated, theatrical, technical or messy we can't wait to see what you have up your sleeves! Read more on the theme here.

THE Big Draw Festival Awards

The Big Draw Festival Awards reward drawing without borders – activities that extend our definitions of drawing and audiences by being both experimental and inclusive. The prizes are donated by the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, which has supported the Awards for 11 years. All registered organisations are eligible to apply for one of our 7 awards of up to £750 each. The winners are selected by an panel 

New in 2017! People's Choice Big Draw Festival Award!

Alongside our annual Big Draw Festival Awards worth up to £750 each (all registered organisers are eligible to apply). For the first year in 2017, one of our awards will be selected by public vote. The most voted for event will be awarded £500 at our Big Draw Festival Awards ceremony in May 2018. So be sure to get your event out there!  

Votes open

 Welcome Packs 2017

In addition to the digital resources and downloads available. All registered organisers will be able to request a bespoke pack of physical resourses posted direct to your door! 

2017 festival timeline

7 Feb 2017 - Theme announced

21 Feb 2017 - Registrations open (Registrations remain open until November 2017).

(May 2017 - Big Draw Festival Awards for 2016 Award winners)

June - July 2017 - NEW! Big Draw Festival organiser taster events across UK.

September 2017 - Festival launch event

1 - 31 October 2017 - The Big Draw Festival 2017 | Worldwide | Its over to you! 

1-31 October - The Big Draw Festival People's Choice Award 2017 Votes open: