Our Children's Art Week Ambassadors
We are very grateful to a number of public figures who are lending their support to Children's Art Week in 2017, including:
Chris Riddell, Children’s Laureate
Chris Riddell is a prolific writer and illustrator whose work is familiar to both children and adults. He is known especially for his distinctive line drawings with their clever caricature, fascinating detail and often enchanting fantasy elements.
Chris says: ‘I’m delighted to support Children’s Art Week, a fantastic opportunity for children and families all over the UK to try experience the visual arts and see how much fun can be had from trying creative activities.’
Nick Sharratt, Illustrator & Author
Photo by James Mulkeen
Nick is a British illustrator and author of children's books, and was chosen to be the Official Illustrator for World Book Day 2006. Sharratt has illustrated around 200 books, including over 40 books by award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson.
Nick says: 'Children who don't engage with the visual arts are really missing out. Whether it's looking at or making art, it's all about creative thinking, an incredibly important life skill that brings no end of advantages with it - aside from the fact that it can be the most enormous fun! So three cheers for Children's Art Week!'
Jenny Leonard, Artist
Contemporary landscape artist Jenny Leonard specialises in murals and illustration. The artist describes herself as working 'in a tea and coffee induced frenzy', and will travel far and wide for a blank wall to make her mark on. Her aptly energetic paintings are alive with colour and movement, and she often incorporates materials like plaster into her work. Leonard lives and works in Norwich, where she studied Fine Art, and she exhibits extensively in local galleries.
Jenny says: 'I'm an artist and work in lots of different schools and at events and I believe EVERYONE can draw and EVERYONE is creative! I think it's so important for people all ages to put down their phones and pick up a pen or pencil and just make, draw and doodle! We were meant to create and it's important to play with inky lines and not always be pressing buttons.'