Patrons

David Almond
David Almond

We are delighted to announce our new Patron Jenny Agutter OBE
Details arriving soon!

Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE
Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE
“Encourage, enliven, engage a child with the arts in all their colourful guises and their influence will stay with them forever. The possibilities are endless. This is what ACA strives to do. It must be supported.”
Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE
Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE
“Childhood lasts a lifetime and every image we show children will reflect upon them sometime in their lives. Giving a diverse and fair representation of the world around them makes them feel as though they belong.”
David Bintley CBE
David Bintley CBE
Malorie Blackman OBE
Malorie Blackman OBE
“Access to the arts for children is all about encouragement, engagement and entitlement. Stimulating our children’s imaginations is not just a good thing, but the right thing to do. The arts play a hugely important role in bringing our children together and nurturing within them understanding, empathy and a sense of connection.”
Quentin Blake CBE
Sir Quentin Blake CBE
“The fact is we don’t need to bring the arts to children – they find all these activities, to draw, to write, to act, to sing, to dance, come naturally to them, which is why I drew my boy and girl sprouting and blossoming in lively fashion. But all these activities need to be encouraged, acknowledged and valued because they all too easily get pushed to one side and lost. And when we encourage them, we are not only helping young people to fulfill themselves; we are creating tomorrow.”
Matthew Bourne OBE
Matthew Bourne OBE
Mrs Felicity Dahl
Mrs Felicity Dahl
“Encouragement in the arts is so important for children. They are the future. They deserve the best we can give them.”
<br /><br /> Carol Ann Duffy CBE

Dame Carol Ann Duffy CBE
Peter Duncan
Peter Duncan
“When connecting with young people I have always looked for the spark, the moment of self-discovery, the possibility of igniting their imagination. The arts in all its forms is what makes childhood special. We all become dull when we forget how important that is.”
Michael Foreman
Michael Foreman
Jamila Gavin
Jamila Gavin
“We shouldn’t need ACA – but we do – and never more than now. We must keep on reminding our policy makers that, to produce well-rounded, happy and resourceful individuals, means recognising that the sheer discipline of learning a musical instrument, writing a poem or story, drawing a picture, developing a play; allowing time to dream, will produce young people who will not only go on to invent, discover, explore and achieve, but who will find a lifetime of enjoyment.”
Anna Home OBE
Anna Home OBE
“Affordable, easy, friendly access to the arts is hugely important for the proper development of children and young people… In an increasingly fragmented society involvement in the arts can bring generations closer together and provide a wonderful ‘window on the world’.”
Shirley Hughes OBE
Shirley Hughes OBE
“We live in an era of constant distraction, on in which children’s responses are being hotted up to lightning speed.  It’s a time when Action for Children’s Arts is more important than ever. Children need to be allowed to absorb arts and storytelling at their own pace, to learn to identify with fictional characters in many ways which will enrich their lives.”
<br /><br /> Sir Nicholas Hytner
Sir Nicholas Hytner
“I’m delighted to be a patron of Action for Children’s Arts, and to support its aims to put the arts at the centre of every child’s education in this country. We all know the value of early involvement in the arts in childhood, not just to develop the artists and audiences of the future, but as a stimulus to children’s imaginations, curiosity, learning and enjoyment. At a time of reduced public spending, it is essential that these experiences remain open to all children, not just a privileged few.”
Terry Jones
Terry Jones
“With the ever-increasing focus on narrow academic success, it is more vital than ever to create an arts context for education. The lessons learnt in participating in drama and the performing arts – be they interpersonal skills or the mysteries of group dynamics – are often more useful in later life than a whole bookful of learned facts.”
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Judith Kerr OBE
Julian Lloyd Webber
Joanna MacGregor
Joanna MacGregor OBE
“Music is one of the greatest gifts for children and young people. It can open a world of drama passion, excitement and joy, and will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Young people are naturally creative and inquisitive; music, theatre and poetry, art and dance will give them tools to develop and express their uniqueness. It’s absolutely essential that no child is shut out of their birthright – access to the arts.”
Michelle Magorian
Michelle Magorian
“This country’s children are our jewels. Without adequate Arts funding much of their childhood will remain locked away. Let’s expose them to the light, so that like the gems that they are, they can do what all children do when they are given the chance to be creative. Sparkle.”
Roger McGough CBE
Roger McGough CBE
“As we all know, an education without creativity and the arts at its centre is not an education.”
Michael Morpurgo OBE
Michael Morpurgo OBE
“Enrich our children young and they will grow to be creative, to be enquiring, to be engaged, they will feel they have a part to play in their culture.”
Nick Park
Nick Park
Philip Pullman CBE
Philip Pullman CBE
“Children deserve the best of everything; the best opportunities, the best education, the best food, the best stories and poems, the best music, the best theatre. In fact, they’d need the best even if they didn’t deserve it. Action for Children’s Arts is a very good way indeed of seeing that they get it, and I’m very glad to support its work”
Lynne Reid Banks
Lynne Reid Banks
“ACA goes out and does battle more bravely and effectively for children’s arts provision in every field than other organisations twice its size. Long may it keep campaigning for the kids and for all of us.”
Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson
Michael Rosen
Michael Rosen
Dame Jacqueline Wilson
Dame Jacqueline Wilson
“A child wrote to me the other day saying her teacher said she didn’t have any imagination. She asked me how she could get some. We need to support and fund all the different children’s creative arts so that sad little girls like this are able to develop their imaginations in an enriching and entertaining way. ”
Benjamin Zephaniah
Benjamin Zephaniah