JUDGES

Ali Lapper MBE

Alison Lapper MBE is an artist, television presenter, speaker and Gig-Arts Charity patron.  Alison has a First Class Honors Degree in Fine Art and is a member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. She is a well known public figure and regularly gives talks about her life. Born with no arms and shortened legs, Alison was institutionalised at six weeks old and spent her next 17 years at Chailey Heritage in Sussex. At the age of 19, she obtained a driving licence and her own flat, and began to live her daily life independently. Audiences at her talks range from the Royal College of Midwives to local voluntary groups. In 2016, after featuring as a subject in many documentaries throughout her life, Alison began a new career as a presenter for television. She co-presented No Body's Perfect for BBC4 with the photographer Rankin, followed by her own take on William Blake for Sky Arts in 2017.  Alison combines her speaker career with her passion for charitable work.  Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a talk with Alison.

Simon Margaroli

‘I love the arts and it raises my spirit in being engaged with them, whether through the medium of stage, literature or fine arts.’  Co-director and fourth generation to the Ardington hotel, which this year celebrates its 90th year of business.  He was educated locally, at Lancing College, and latterly worked in the Savoy Company and The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.  Over many years, the Ardington has hosted many art and literary events and they are sponsors of Worthing Light Festival and many other local events in this field.

Harvey Lonsdale

Harvey Lonsdale lives locally and attends Worthing High School. 12 years old. Harvey has a strong interest in art and sculpture and also many other subjects he enjoys. He is also keen to always help in community events and be part of the diverse events held in Worthing.