The Little Drawing Exhibition
Open call for artwork

Do you a know an artist aged 0-4years that loves to draw?

The Little Drawing Exhibition is an opportunity for early years children age 0 – 4 years to showcase their creativity through drawing at Leicester Gallery. Alongside the Trinity Buoy Wharfs touring pre-eminent annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice.

The call for entries for the Little Drawing Exhibition launched in November 2019 and we want children across the city and the county to participate!

Artists may enter up to three drawings for consideration which can be submitted at any of Leicester Gallery’s learning programme events, with final submissions taking place during Spark Festival activities at Leicester Gallery on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2020. There will be an official judging and selection process with special prises for the winners. The winners will be announced at our Launch Party for all the artists and families involved on Saturday 22nd February 2020.

Read the rules for more information on how to apply.


Free Family Workshops:

Join us at Leicester Gallery on the last Saturday of every month 1-3PM for a free family workshop. The sessions of hands-on creative activity, inspired by the current exhibitions, are aimed at ages 5-10 years but younger siblings and participants are more than welcome! Our free family activities are designed to inspire imaginations, engage, challenge and spend some creative time making and exploring contemporary art as a family.

  • Saturday 25th January 1pm-3pm
  • Saturday 29th February 1pm-3pm
  • Saturday 28th March 1pm-3pm

Open Play Workshops:

Our Open Play sessions at Leicester Gallery are for babies and toddlers aged 0-4, on the second Sunday of the month. With additional Tuesday workshops during the holidays. This free, drop in workshop will explore the gallery through sensory and play led activities.                    

  • Sunday 12th January 11am-1pm
  • Sunday 9th February 11am – 1pm
  • Sunday 8th March 11am – 1pm

The Spark Festival 2020:

  • Circles (0-4yrs) – Saturday 15th February 11.30AM-1PM
  • Triangles (5-11yrs) – Saturday 15th February 2.30PM-4.30PM
  • Drawn Together (0-4yrs) – Sunday 16th February 11AM-1PM
  • Life Lines (5-11yrs) – Sunday 16th February 2.30PM-4PM     FULLY BOOKED

These workshops are free but booking is essential. Please email: thegallery.ac.uk to book.



We are working with Arts Council England on #Talent25. Talent25 believes that all children should have the chance to study and enjoy art, dance, drama, music or other cultural activities throughout their childhood and their adult lives.

Would you like to be a part of Talent25 research project?

To be part of Talent25 research project you should:

  • be the parent or carer of a baby aged 1 year old or younger
  • live in either Fosse, Thurncourt or Wycliffe wards in Leicester

If you meet these criteria and you’d like to be part of something special, please get in touch with the Talent25 team, letting them know your address, postcode and baby’s age.

Email: creativetalent25@dmu.ac.uk