The Campaign for Drawing is honoured to have the following distinguished individuals as its patrons:
Sir Quentin Blake
Quentin Blake is one of Britain's best-loved and most successful illustrators and children's authors. His first drawings were published in Punch when he was 16. He has illustrated over 300 books with writers such as, Michael Rosen, Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, John Yeoman and, most famously of all, Roald Dahl. Quentin Blake writes and illustrates his own books as well, creating such characters as Mister Magnolia, Mrs Armitage and Clown. He has also illustrated classic books for adults.
Lord Foster of Thames Bank
The architect, Norman Foster, is chairman and founder of Foster + Partners. For over four decades the company has been responsible for a strikingly wide range of work and has project offices in more than twenty countries. Current and recent work includes Beijing Airport, Millau Viaduct in France, the Swiss Re tower and the Great Court at the British Museum in London, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and research centres at Stanford University, California. In addition to a host of personal medals, the practice has received 470 awards and citations for excellence and has won more than 86 international and national competitions. Lord Foster maintains the importance of drawing in his practice.
David Hockney OM
David Hockney is a painter, draughtsman, printmaker, photographer and designer. He became internationally famous in the early 1960s as one of the leaders of the British Pop Art movement. In the 1960s he was known for his ‘swimming pool’ paintings, for elaborate stage sets during the '70s and for photo collages during the '80s. He continues to be one of the world’s most popular and versatile artists and was made a Companion of Honour in 1997 and is also a Royal Academician.
Sir Richard MacCormac
Richard MacCormac is chairman of MJP Architects, established in 1972 and incorporated in 2002. He has taught and lectured widely, and published articles on urban design and architectural theory. He is regularly invited to be an assessor or architectural competitions and design awards. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Royal Academician. He has served two terms as a member of the Royal Fine Art Commission and has been a past commissioner for English Heritage. He served as President of the Royal Institue of British Architects from 1991 to 1993. Notable buildings include Cable & Wireless College, Coventry; St John’s College, Oxford; Southwark Station, Jubilee Extension; and the Welcome Wing at the Science Museum.
Andrew Marr is a British journalist, TV presenter and political commentator. He edited The Independent for two years and was political editor of BBC News from 2000 until 2005. He hosts The Andrew Marr Show, on BBC One and the BBC Radio 4 programme Start the Week. He wrote and presented Andrew Marr's History Of Modern Britain and has received more than a dozen major awards for writing and broadcasting including from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society and most recently the Broadcasting Press Guild.
Sir Roger Penrose OM
Roger Penrose is a mathematical physicist and Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College. He has received a number of prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their contribution to our understanding of the universe. He is renowned for his work in mathematical physics, in particular his contributions to general relativity and cosmology. He is also a recreational mathematician and philosopher.
Gerald Scarfe CBE
Gerald Scarfe is one of the countries leading satirical cartoonist. He has been political cartoonist for the London Sunday Times for 42 years, and has worked for The New Yorker magazine for 17 years. His work regularly appears in periodicals and exhibitions all over the world. He has also designed the sets and costumes for plays, operas and musicals in London, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and New Zealand. His film work includes designing and directing the animation for Pink Floyd's The Wall.
Posy Simmonds MBE
Posy Simmonds is a popular cartoonist, writer and illustrator of children's book best known for her satirical comic series, such as Literary Life and The Silent Three of St. Botolph's regularly published in The Guardian and Harper’s Magazine. Recognised as a leading graphic novelist, she has won numerous accolades, including Cartoonist of the Year and Prix de la Critique in France. In 2010 her graphic novel Tamara Drewe was made into a film by Stephen Frears.