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The Big Draw 2019

The Big Draw 2019 - The Artists Print Room

The Big Draw Festival returns throughout October 2019 and is now in its 19th year! This event is also known as the world’s biggest drawing festival and aims to unite people, pencils and pixels across the globe. The month long festival encourages all ages to join in and celebrate creativity. So as an artist, why not share your love with everyone!

The Big Draw 2019 is specifically themed; Drawn To Life: Creativity & Wellbeing. With a focus on the vital role of creativity for health and wellbeing purposes, this event is suitable for everyone, whether just starting out as an artist, an established artist or not an artist at all! So far, The Big Draw festival has encouraged over four million people to draw. It also holds two world records!

With events all over the country, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, you can find the event list here. Or alternatively, if you’re an artist yourself, why not encourage others to get involved and share your passion by holding your own event. Whatever you do during October to participate, make sure you post on your social media accounts and use the following hashtags; #DrawnToLife and #ThingsThatSparkJoy.


The Big Draw is a visual literacy charity promoting the universal language of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement. The Big Draw (formerly The Campaign for Drawing) was launched in 2000 by The Guild of St George, the charity founded by John Ruskin in 1871 – becoming an independent arts education charity in 2006.

The Big Draw manages collaborative research projects, campaigns and educational conferences on visual literacy, digital technology and STEAM. The charity supports professional and emerging artists through its national contemporary art prize, The John Ruskin Prize and exhibition, and through events, awards, and competitions, creates platforms for each and everyone who wants to draw.


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