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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: 

Frances Quinn, Designer, Baker and 2013 Great British Bake Off Winner

Frances says: "I’m delighted to be an ambassador for such a worthy campaign. I have a habit of seeing everything, including art, as food. Being creative can take many forms and for me its baking and designing with both ingredients and ideas. I hope children everywhere get involved in Children’s Art Week, by going to an event or getting creative in anyway at home.” 

Take a peek inside Frances' sketch book!



Images courtesy of Frances Quinn


Laura Dockrill, Author & Illustrator 

Laura says: "Art is the most precious form of expression, it's dreaming with your eyes open, except better because you can remember what happened…”



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.'


Ricky Martin, CBBC's Art Ninja, Creative Director at Aardman Animations, Animator, Actor & Artist

Ricky Martin makes animations and short films, enjoys film and digital photography, skateboarding, shooting arrows and writing music.

Ricky says: "I had a lot of trouble with reading and writing at school, but found art as a great way to be understood and express myself. Children's Art week is about releasing the creative child in all of us. There are so many great venues (big and small) involved in creating a platform for this brilliant event. Together we can empower kids with art and help them get their ninja on!”


Sandy Nairne, Writer, Curator & Chair of Clore Leadership Programme

Sandy says: "Children's Art Week is an important annual event: a great way of promoting what museums and galleries can offer to young people all around the country. There will be  creative activities of all kinds and although it is only a week, it is an important way of demonstrating what is actually available all year round."

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