The Big Draw

The Big Draw has one aim: to get everyone drawing!


Why? Drawing helps us to think, invent and communicate – regardless of age and ability.

Held throughout October, the festival aims to bring communities together in fun, creative ways. More than 1,500 venues take part annually, from nursery schools to national museums. 20 countries joined the UK in organising events.

Inspire leads on The Big Draw for Nottinghamshire and is the Drawing Action Associate for the Campaign for Drawing. 

It has won two Drawing Inspiration Awards; one for its programme of participation and one for developing a training programme that empowers non-arts professionals to use drawing to achieve their own goals and targets with the groups they work with.

Every October, The Big Draw bursts into libraries around the county and we work to offer opportunities for individuals and groups to join in with our Big Draw events and training sessions for teachers and leaders who want to run an event or join in with ours. 

About The Big Draw

Founded in 2000, The Big Draw is a visual literacy charity that promotes visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.

The charity leads a diversified programme encompassing advocacy, empowerment and engagement, and is the driving force behind the The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing.

The charity supports professional and emerging artists through The John Ruskin Prize and exhibition, and regular events, awards and competitions create platforms for each and everyone who wants to draw.

Throughout the year, The Big Draw manages collaborative research projects, campaigns and educational conferences on visual literacy, digital technology and science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Working with cultural and educational organisations, policymakers and businesses, The Big Draw demonstrates the social, economic and health benefits that drawing can bring and provides opportunities for everyone to access them.


Visit The Big Draw website

To find out about a Big Draw event near you, look in our What's On section!

Find out about our past events!