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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:

Lauren Child, Waterstones UK Children's Laureate, author & illustrator

Lauren Child is a multi-award-winning, bestselling writer and artist whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of characters including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola. 

Lauren is also a passionate advocate for visual literacy and the importance of quality picture books for children. She is also passionate about encouraging creativity in children and adults. She is a trustee of House of Illustration, a gallery set up by former Laureate Sir Quentin Blake. She has been awarded an MBE for her work and was appointed as an Artist for Peace by Unesco in 2008. She is one of the commissioners for the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education.


Laura Dockrill, Author & Illustrator 

Laura Dockrill is a talented writer and illustrator who has performed her work at the Edinburgh Fringe, Camp Bestival, Latitude, Bookslam and the Soho Theatre and on each of the BBC's respective radio channels, 1-6. She has been a roaming reporter for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, run workshops at the Imagine Festival on the South Bank, and is on the advisory panel at the Ministry of Stories.

Loyd Grossman CBE

Loyd Grossman's lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage has involved him in a number of organisations, including the Museums and Galleries Commission, English Heritage, the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, the National Museums Liverpool and of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. He founded the 24 Hour Museum (now Culture24) and was its Chairman until 2005. Grossman is the current President of NADFAS, President of the British Association of Friends of Museums, Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust and Chairman of The Heritage Alliance.

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.

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.

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


Sandy Nairne CBE FSA is Chair of the Clore Leadership Programme. He was Director of the National Portrait Gallery from 2002 to 2015. His early career included experience at the Richard Demarco Gallery in Edinburgh, the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, Tate Gallery and the Institute of Contemporary Arts. From 1987 to 1993, Sandy was Director of Visual Arts at the Arts Council. He re-joined Tate in 1994, as Director of Programmes, which included supporting the development of Tate Modern and leading the creation of the Centenary Development of Tate Britain, as well as new initiatives in learning and digital engagement.

Chris Riddell, Former 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. 

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


'Creativity is at the heart of everything I do. Before winning the Great British Bake Off, my background was in design, having studied Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University. I often get asked what would you choose baking or design, but for me it’s never a choice and always a collaboration of the two. From fabric through to food I see inspiration in everything. My creative process always starts or ends with an idea, design or concept that I often find easier to express by ‘drawing’ on my imagination.' Image courtesy of Frances Quinn

Nick Sharratt, Illustrator & Author



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. Photo by James Mulkeen

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