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 eight of the good causes which Quentin supports:

  • House of Illustration

    The House of Illustration is one of the rare centres in the world dedicated to illustration.  It organises exhibitions, talks and events; and, since April 2016, is home to the 'Quentin Blake Gallery' which showcases exhibitions of Quentin's work.  It opened to the public in London's Kings Cross in July 2014. 

    http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/
  • 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.

    www.roalddahlcharity.org
  • 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. 

    www.farmsforcitychildren.org
Quentin is also Patron of:
  • 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.

    https://www.theartworks.org.uk/ 

  • 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. 

    http://thebookbus.org/

  • 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.

    http://thebigdraw.org/

  • Jerwood Gallery

    Jerwood Gallery is 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. 

    http://www.jerwoodgallery.org/

  • 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.

    https://theowlstrust.org/

  • 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. 

    www.nightingaleproject.org/

  • 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.

     

    http://southkenkidsfestival.co.uk/