Quentin is a long-standing supporter of numerous charities, some of which work to promote understanding and engagement in art and literacy, as well as organisations which support threatened peoples and animals across the globe. Here are details of some of the good causes which Quentin supports:
House of Illustration
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity
Quentin Blake is President of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity. It began as the Roald Dahl Foundation in 1991, and was set up to help children and young people with serious, rare blood or brain conditions. The Charity funds a team of specialist 'Roald Dahl' nurses, providing vital support and care in these areas thoughout the UK.
Farms for City Children
Farms for City Children aims to enrich the lives and develop the potential of children from urban areas by giving them the opportunity to become farmers for a week on a working farm in the heart of the countryside. The Charity was founded by Clare and Michael Morpurgo over forty years ago and now, on three different farms, provides this experience for over 3,000 children a year.
Quentin is a long-standing supporter and Ambassador for Survival International, which seeks to give a voice to threatened tribes and peoples across the globe.
Quentin is also a patron of:
South Ken Kids Festival
Founded by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, the South Ken Kids Festival promotes the best of children’s literature and fosters exchanges between authors and illustrators from both sides of the Channel in its annual week of events in South Kensington, London.
The Owls Trust
The Owls Trust rescues owls and birds of prey in North Wales and the North West of England, providing sanctuaries to rescued birds and an education programme which provides outreach to schools.
The Nightingale Project
The Nightingale Project brightens and enlivens the environment for patients and staff of many mental health centres through art and music. The importance of art in hospitals is now increasingly recognised, and many NHS Trusts are taking an interest in the healing environment.
Hastings Contemporary is an independent gallery established as a charity that enables and displays the excellence of British art; embedded in and contributing to the artistic, social and economic development of Hastings, with programmes for schools and the wider community, encouraging learning, access and enthusiasm for the visual arts with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Hastings Storytelling Festival
Since 2011 the HSF has been on a mission to open the wonderful world of storytelling to everyone, providing events, performances and a schools programme in the annual November Festival.
Eastside Educational Trust
Eastside’s mission is to develop the creative thinking of children and young people across London through direct participation in the arts, culture and creative programmes.
The Big Draw
Formerly 'The Campaign for Drawing', the charity works to widen understanding of drawing’s value as a tool for learning at all ages, delivering projects and programmes of activity on a regional, national or international level, always designed to raise drawing’s profile, creating opportunities for artists, as a means of increasing schools’ engagement with drawing and design.
The Book Bus
The Book Bus works to improve literacy in Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador by providing books, storytelling materials and libraries for children and teachers.
Association of Illustrators
Established in 1973, the AOI champions illustrators and the illustration industry with education, promotion and campaigning to achieve a thriving industry for us all.
The Artworks, Halifax
Art School, Gallery and Artist Studios committed to providing opportunity and engagement with art for all ages and all abilities, with a community of emerging and established artists, designers and creative practitioners delivering a wide range of exciting programmes at the forefront of creative practice.
Action for Children's Arts
The National Voice of Children’s Arts, campaigning for children’s right to the arts, connecting children’s arts practitioners and celebrating children’s arts in the UK.