Come and have a go if ‘EU’ think you’re good enough urges artist
Artist Clare Smith with her design of the Louvre Pyramid
A Dover artist is encouraging kids to ‘channel’ their creative energy in a European-themed art competition for a chance to have their winning design on the side of a coach.
Professional artist Clare Smith has been chosen by coach company Eurolines, part of National Express Group, to judge the ‘Colour the Coach’ competition in Dover.
The competition, which is designed to showcase the amazing landmarks people can see all over Europe on the Eurolines coach network, will see children from Dover aged 5-16 invited to draw their favourite European landmarks such as: the Eiffel Tower, the Coliseum or the Brandenburg Gate.
The winning design, as chosen by Clare, will be turned into a special show-stopping one-off livery to go on the side of a Eurolines coach while the winner will also be presented with a £100 cheque.
To kick the competition off Clare, who is also co-founder and co-director of Dover Arts Development ‘DAD’ drew her own favourite European landmark – the Louvre Pyramid in Paris.
Dover Arts Development’s mission is to produce contemporary art of excellence, support artists’ work, stimulate cultural activity and feed into Dover’s economy.
Clare lives and has her studio in Dover and her work ranges from drawing to film said:
“This is a great opportunity for young people to get creative and show off their talent: as Dover residents we are fantastically positioned to make trips to Europe and this art competition is a great way of sharing your love of the continent. Art is superb way of expressing your ideas visually and letting your imagination run free and I would urge all kids in Dover to have a go.”
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said: “This competition is a great opportunity for aspiring Picassos in Dover to brush off their easels and send us their best European landmark drawings with the chance to see their masterpiece set sail for Europe on one of our coaches. We are encouraging all kids to pick up their pens and have a go at Colour the Coach.”
The winner will see their picture boldly displayed on one Eurolines’ coaches. Up to ten services roll out of Dover everyday to great destinations across the continent including: Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels and Berlin.
‘Colour the Coach’ is open to children from Dover aged 5-16 and entrants should simply draw their favourite local landmark on an A4 sheet of paper using whatever drawing materials they want.
Entrants have until Sunday April 30, to unlock their inner painter and send in an entry to Eurolines.
Entries to the competition must be landscape designs on A4 paper with: name, address, age, phone number and email address, written on the back. They should be sent to Eurolines Coach Art Competition, National Express House, Mill Lane, Birmingham, B5 6DD