James Mayhew

James Mayhew is the creator of the much-loved Katie and Ella Bella Ballerina series and many other books, including Koshka’s Tales, Miranda the Explorer and Boy. His best-selling Katie series is recognised is one of the best introductions to art for children and one which resonates with the Magic Lantern team. The series now sells in museums and galleries all over the world, from the Met, the Uffizi, the Louvre in Paris and beyond. Alongside his work in publishing, James has devised and performs in a hugely successful series of concerts for children, combining live classical music, storytelling and art.


Dr Munira Mirza

Munira Mirza is Executive Director, Culture, King’s College London. Munira was previously the Director of HENI Talks, a digital library of free, short films featuring leading artists, art historians and curators ( and Deputy Mayor of London for Culture and Education between 2008-2016.

She speaks regularly in the media about a range of social and cultural issues.




Bill Murray

Bill Murray is best known for his performances in Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation and all of Wes Anderson’s films to date including The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel. What is less known about him is that he is a longstanding supporter of the arts and art education. His association with Magic Lantern goes back to 2009 when he was taken on a tour of the National Gallery by the charity’s director Matthew Sanders.




Professor Will Vaughan

Will Vaughan is Emeritus Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck College, London and became Magic Lantern’s first Patron in 2013. Will has had an enormous influence on the Magic Lantern team having taught its two founder members and enlightened us all with his World of Art books on Gainsborough and The Golden Age of British Painting. He is also an accomplished print maker whose beautiful engravings are wonderful examples of the medium.

Find out more about Will and see some of his prints here:




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