Garry

Garry Parsons

Illustrator, Artist and Author

Garry Parsons is an illustrator of many books for children including Billy’s Bucket by Kes Gray (winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award), Ouch in My Pouch by Jeanne Willis, Stuck in the Mud by Jane Clarke, and Trouble at the Dinosaur Café by the poet Brian Moses. He is also the illustrator of George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking and has recently teamed up with Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter in the best selling The Dinosaur That Pooped series of picture books and in fiction has illustrated the hilarious emails of author Josh Lacey’s The Dragonsitter series for Andersen Press, shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

Garry studied Fine Art at Canterbury and Illustration at the Sequential Design M.A at University of Brighton under John Vernon Lord and George Hardie. Garry combines his commercial career in illustration with other practises as artist and designer. As an illustrator, Garry regularly visits schools inspiring enjoyment of reading and drawing through creative workshops, World Book Day events and The Big Draw. Garry enjoys supporting charities and has been sponsored running the London Marathon regularly.

www.garryparsons.co.uk   www.garryparsonspapercuts.co.uk


purpleSTARS

Dr Kate Allen

Kate Allen is Associate Professor in Art at the University of Reading and founder member of purpleSTARS

purpleSTARS brings together artists and technologists with and without learning difficulties/disabilities to transform museum and gallery experiences and make them really inclusive. purpleSTARS use sensory art and digital media to create alternative interpretations of collections. Kate will be joined by two colleagues from purpleSTARS to help with judging entries from children and young people with additional needs

Find out more at www.purpleSTARS.org.uk or

www.reading.ac.uk/art/about/staff/k-allen


Judith Appiah

Judith Appiah

Judith Appiah is the first employee of purpleSTARS

purpleSTARS brings together artists and technologists with and without learning difficulties/disabilities to transform museum and gallery experiences and make them really inclusive. purpleSTARS use sensory art and digital media to create alternative interpretations of collections.

Find out more at www.purpleSTARS.org.uk or


Kathleen

Kathleen Soriano

Independent curator, Art historian and Broadcaster

Kathleen Soriano has worked in museums and galleries for over 30 years. In 1989 she joined the National Portrait Gallery as Director of Exhibitions & Collections, with additional responsibility for national and international programmes. In 2004 she became one of the first cohort of Clore Leadership Fellows, taking up roles at the South Bank Centre and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. From 2006 she was Director of the independent art gallery Compton Verney, Warwickshire, leaving in 2009 when appointed Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts, London where she remained until 2014. Since then she has worked on various artistic and cultural projects, curating exhibitions and advising museums and private collectors, as well as working directly with artists.

She is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Liverpool Biennial, and a specialist advisor for the National Trust. She has been a member of the Women Leaders in Museums Network in the UK, a founder member of the UK Registrars Group and has held roles on the strategic committee of the Grand Palais, Paris, the Wellcome Collection exhibition advisory group, the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia board, the Churches Conservation Trust’s Art Advisory group, and is currently on the Advisory Boards of 2 Temple Place and ArtUK and the editorial board of Apollo.

She has lectured and written extensively on the visual arts and has recently published the book Madam & Eve on women artists. Her broadcast activities include the six series of Portrait/Landscape Artist of the Year for SkyArts.