Meet our judges



Patron of Young Art

‘I’m a Patron of Young Art because I think art enriches everybody’s life, particularly drawing. When you’re young you draw automatically then all of a sudden you get self-conscious about it. So the great thing about Young Art is that it encourages youngsters to keep to that original excitement.’

Ken Howard OBE, RA, studied at Hornsey School of Art and the Royal College of Art. In 1958 he studied in Florence on a British council scholarship.

In 1973 he was appointed as the official artist of The Imperial War Museum in Northern Ireland. He was elected to be an RA when he was 50 and was awarded the OBE for services to the arts in 2010.
He has exhibited with the Richard Green Gallery on London’s New Bond Street since 2002 and has also had exhibitions in South Africa and America.

He became involved with Young Art after losing his wife to cancer in 1992.



PATRON OF YOUNG ART  |  PRINTMAKING AND YR10 - 11 JUDGE                        

‘The Young Art selection and subsequent exhibition is one of the very enjoyable points in my year. Young artists are always inventive and produce beautiful work and of course the charitable aims of this project help children with cancer. A fantastic combination!’                        

Chris Orr was born in 1943 and studied at the Royal College of Art where he was later Professor of Printmaking. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1995. His own work is funny, serious, challenging and entertaining. He has exhibited widely and been bought by Museums and private collectors. He lives and works in London.



Year 7 to Year 9 Judge

‘I hugely enjoy judging the Young Art competition. Quite apart from the fact that all proceeds go to a very good cause, the pleasure in looking at what school children are producing is a special one. Spotting the school with a clearly thriving art department is a joy and reminds one of the crucial importance of good teachers in these days when many think anything goes in art. We may be less concerned with imparting drawing skills than in the past, but encouraging children to think of new ideas, fresh ways of looking and bold designs are all hugely in evidence which is very heartening.’

Patrick Cullen trained at Central Saint Martins and Camberwell College of Arts in the 70s. He has had 20 solo shows in London, including 7 with the Thackeray Gallery and is the winner of 12 painting awards including the Royal Academy Summer Show’s watercolour prize, the Pastel Society’s premier award on three occasions and a runner up prize at last year’s Lynn Painter-Stainers exhibition.
He is primarily a plein air painter of both landscape and urban scenes, and has recently spent a lot of time in India. Larger works are developed in the studio from studies done in situ.



Year 4 to Year 6 Judge

‘I know only too well the importance of encouraging and promoting potential young artists, especially in an educational environment where success in more mainstream subjects is enormous. Young Art gives children a wonderful and totally unique chance to have their artwork shown at a prestigious venue.’

James started painting at the age of eight after seeing a small oil study by John Constable. His work has always been centred on landscape painting, from the domesticity of painting country houses to the drama of Himalayan mountain scenes. However recent projects have included accompanying HRH The Prince of Wales on royal tours, working as artist in residence for the British Secret Intelligence Service, working for the producers of the James Bond films and working in war zones while embedded with the British Forces. He studied at the Royal College of Art, Manchester University and the City and Guilds of London Art School. 



Reception and Year 1 Judge

‘I have loved judging the Young Art competition for ages and it’s never stopped being a thrill and inspiration to see the entries each year. The children’s work always shows skill, imagination and freedom of interpretation which makes the exhibition such a feast when it’s displayed so beautifully at the RCA. I remember winning an RSPCA poster competition when I was ten, I know it gave me confidence and sewed a seed for the future like this one does for the children who can see their pictures being taken seriously... and it’s FUN.’

Nicola Bayley trained at Central St Martins from 1967 and then studied illustration at the Royal College of Art under Quentin Blake from 1971. She has illustrated over 30 books, firstly with Jonathan Cape, then Walker Books and most recently two books in collaboration with Brian Patten for Andersen Press. She won Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year in 1991 for The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber.



Year 2 to Year 3 Judge                    

‘It is an honour to be involved in Young Art. The judging day always leaves me feeling uplifted and inspired. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to spend time looking at the children’s drawings and paintings. The fact that Young Art continually raises such impressive amounts of money for Cancer Research UK is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the ever-smiling team behind it.’                        

James Lloyd graduated in the 90s with an MA from the Slade School of Fine Art. He teaches at the Royal Drawing School and has won numerous awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, the Paul Smith Scholarship, the Windsor & Newton Young Artists’ Award, the Carrol Foundation Young Artist of the Year Award, first prize in the BP Portrait Award, and the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture. Lloyd is a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and has undertaken commissions for many private and public clients and institutions including Newcastle University, the Bank of England, Queen’s College, Lord’s Cricket Ground, the House of Lords, the Royal Collection and the National Portrait Gallery.

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