The Campaign for Drawing

The Big Draw 20th Birthday Appeal -ClimateOfChange

The Big Draw (Campaign for Drawing) is now 20! In 20 years it has never been in receipt of revenue funds & relies on donations & our model. In 2020/21 our theme 'A Climate of Change' will focus on the relationship between people & our living environments & ecosystems & encourage Drawing for All.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 25 March 2020 to 12:00 AM, 31 January 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1114811)


Campaign target


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  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom


The Big Draw is an arts education charity which uses 'drawing' in its broadest possible sense, as a starting point to encourage people to get involved in creative activity as consumers, producers, advocates & collaborators-'drawing for purpose' as well as supporting health & wellbeing. In ever challenging times the charity continues to innovate to survive- and thrive -but we need your help & support to achieve this and reach out to build the drawing community.


The charity has always consistently punched way above it's weight & contrary to outward perception has always been run by a tiny but passionate team. Currently 4 part time staff. We want to continue to encourage everyone to draw-to support their creativity & wellbeing. Drawing cuts across all boundaries of culture,race,class-it is accessible & open to all. We want to help showcase mindsets & actions that proactively support positive symbiosis between people & the Earth in these challenging times

  • 'Humanity is at a crossroads, there are things that we can all do to make a difference for the better. Highlighting the way we live today and the impact we have on the natural world, and acting on that, is essential for safeguarding the future for wildlife and the environment.'

    — Millie Marotta - Big Draw Patron

  • 'I became Andrew Marr again when I started to draw once more. That was the first time I knew who I was properly and became myself again.'

    — Andrew Marr - Big Draw Patron

  • ‘Drawings are an invaluable aid to my mathematical thinking and an essential ingredient of most of my mathematical expositions’.

    — Sir Roger Penrose, OM FRS - Big Draw Patron

  • ‘If you can draw, even a little bit, you can express all kinds of ideas that might otherwise be lost - delights, frustrations, whatever torments you or pleases you.’

    — David Hockney, OM, CH, RA - Big Draw Patron

  • 'The Big Draw seems to have struck something in the national consciousness -as though everybody had been waiting to be told that they are allowed to draw.Under a bombardment of manufactured images, we need to be able to draw as a way of discovering the reality of the world and the life in ourselves'

    — Sir Quentin Blake, CBE, FCSD, FRSL, RD - Big Draw Patron