Campaign for Drawing

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The Campaign for Drawing has one simple aim to get everyone in the UK and the world drawing.[1][2]

The Campaign for Drawing believes that drawing can be an enjoyable public activity as well as a private passion. It is inspired by the greatVictorian artist and writer, John Ruskin. His mission was not to teach people how to draw, but how to see. An arts educational charity, the Campaign demonstrates that drawing is a life skill: an essential tool for thinking, inventing and communicating. Its publications for teachers and other educators provide comprehensive evidence that drawing supports formal and informal learning.[1][3][4][5][6]

The Big Draw[edit]

The Campaign for Drawing's annual festival The Big Draw takes place each year in over 20 countries around the world, with more than 1100 events take each October. Host venues include national institutions across the UK such as The British Museum, The National Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum

Events often take place at notable venues throughout the UK including The British Museum, The National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum as well as schools, community centres, parks and village halls. The 2013 Big Draw highlight event offered visitors 20 different activities in the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Previous launches were held at the Natural History Museum, V&A (twice), Trafalgar Square, St Pancras International Station, Wellcome Collection and the British Library.

The Big Draw raises the profile of drawing throughout the year through The Big Draw Blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The Campaign for Drawing and The Big Draw is funded through The Big Draw shop, donations and support from partnerships and sponsorships.


The Big Draw has been sponsored by bodies as diverse as NESTA, Arts Council England (ACE), Crayola, Daler-Rowney, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, Financial Times, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Lottery, Persil, Puffin, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Derwent and Cass Art.[7]



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  2. ^ Intute: Arts and Humanities - Full record details for Drawing power : the campaign for drawing
  3. ^ "The Campaign for Drawing - Press releases". NESTA. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  4. ^ British Broadcasting Corporation. "Arts - The Secret of Drawing". BBC. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  5. ^ stf/pdf/the_big_draw_2007.pdf
  6. ^ clt/projects/bigdraw/bigdraw.html
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