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2017 National Open Art Children's Competition Judge


Marta Altés is the award-winning creator of I am an Artist!, My Grandpa, The King Cat and Little Monkey. She studied her degree in Graphic Design in Barcelona and then moved to the UK to study for an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. She graduated in 2011 and published her first picture book with Macmillan Children's Books in 2013. Since then she has won numerous prizes for her work. As well as publishing, Marta also illustrates for French and Spanish magazines, works with various advertising agencies and has run illustration workshops at the National Portrait Gallery. Marta lives in London and her next book is a beautiful new illustrated gift edition of Kipling's Just So Stories, Publishing October 2017.




2016 National Open Art Children's Competition Judge

Chris Riddell is the Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate. A prolific writer and illustrator whose work is familiar to both children and adults.  He has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal twice and his work includes the Goth Girl series, the Ottoline series and the picture books The Emperor of Absurdia and Alienography.  He received the Hay Festival Medal for Illustration at last year’s Hay Festival.   In addition to his children’s books, Chris is a renowned political cartoonist whose work appears in The Observer, The Literary Review and The New Statesman.






2015 National Open Art Children's Competition Judge

Deborah Curtis is a writer and artist who set up the children’s arts charity, The House of Fairy Tales with her husband Gavin Turk. The charity’s vision is for mainstream education to undergo a radical change in which highly creative cross-curricular forms of learning become the norm.