Campaign for Drawing

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Campaign for Drawing
Formation 2000 (2000)
Founder Guild of St George
Registration no. 1114811
  • 7 Gentleman's Row, Enfield EN2 6PT, UK
Campaign Director
Sue Grayson Ford
Slogan Get everyone drawing!

The Campaign for Drawing is a UK registered charity that aims to get everyone drawing.[1][2] It was founded in 2000 by the Guild of St George, and is now an independent charity.[3]

The Campaign for Drawing believes that drawing can be an enjoyable public activity as well as a private passion. It is inspired by the Victorian artist and writer, John Ruskin, whose 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][4][5][6][7]

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.n 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.[8]



  1. ^ a b [1] Archived May 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ [2] Archived October 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "The Campaign For Drawing". Retrieved 2015-04-01. 
  4. ^ "The Campaign for Drawing - Press releases". NESTA. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  5. ^ British Broadcasting Corporation. "Arts - The Secret of Drawing". BBC. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  6. ^ [3] Archived October 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Retrieved April 1, 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  8. ^ "The Campaign For Drawing". Retrieved 2015-04-01.