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Derwent Art joins The 2022 Big Draw Festival as Official Art Material Partner


The Big Draw has announced Derwent as the official art material partner for The 2022 Big Draw Festival, Come Back To Colour. Derwent and The Big Draw will work together over the course of the annual celebration of drawing festival, collaborating on a variety of events and initiatives.

Commenting on the announcement, Kate Mason, Director of The Big Draw said: "The Big Draw is so excited to welcome Derwent as official art material partner and sponsor to The Big Draw Festival 2022, ‘Come Back to Colour'."

Derwent have an illustrious heritage and track record of supporting artists and being passionate supporters of arts education and the value of high quality, accessible arts materials. The Big Draw and Derwent share aligned beliefs and core values around the importance of the role of artists in society, quality materials, and the right for everyone to be able to express their own creativity.

Synergies between Derwent and the #KeepDiscovering campaign, alongside The Big Draw’s theme for 2022, #ComeBackToColour are strong. We look forward to a fruitful partnership full of colour, creativity and one that celebrates the everyday joy all around us.”

Charlotte Watson, Derwent Global Brand Manager, adds: We at Derwent are hugely honoured and excited to be partnering with The Big Draw, ‘Come Back to Colour’. Raising awareness of how art can be used as a tool for wellbeing is incredibly important to us, and working with this pioneering charity enables us to lever this sentiment.

Our mission is to delight artists and inspire them to keep discovering. Our partnership with The Big Draw will be an effective vessel to support this mission. The Big Draw aligns closely with our own brand values; being proud to have a rich heritage, while also looking to the future, being excited by the possibilities of art material innovation, taking great pride in what we do and being authentic and true. 

We look forward to joining to deliver art education, artist grade materials and engaging and accessible events.”

To keep up to date with this partnership or to share your artwork from The Big Draw Festival with us, please use #TheBigDrawxDerwent

Derwent Announces Partnership with The Big Draw


The Big Draw is a pioneering visual literacy charity, founded in 2000, dedicated to raising the profile of drawing as a tool for wellbeing, thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement.

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, creating platforms for each and everyone who wants to draw.

They believe drawing is an essential human skill important in all walks of life, and our work has won support from leading practitioners within the arts, sciences and education.