Rugby schoolgirl colours the coach!
Winner Amy Page with National Express driver Ashley Brown
A Rugby school girl has fought off competition from across the Midlands to see her artwork splashed all over the side of a National Express coach.
Twelve-year-old Amy Page from Bilton, Rugby, put pen to paper and drew her favourite local landmark after her mum was looking for things to do in the summer and spotted the Colour the Coach competition.
Colour the Coach is a nationwide drawing competition where kids aged 5-15 are asked to draw their favourite local landmark. The winning designs in each region, as chosen by a local artist, are turned into a special one off livery to go on the side of a coach.
Amy decided to draw the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum as it is her favourite landmark in Rugby and she plays the sport of Rugby at school too.
West Midlands artist Paul Parkin aka Jinx, whose distinctive portraits painted with a coffee-based paint can be found in his gallery in Birmingham, judged the competition in the Midlands. He said: “Amy’s design was highly creative, showed a good eye for detail and captured a famous local landmark really well. Very well done to her!”.
Amy, who studies at Rugby Free Secondary School, was shocked and delighted when she found out she had won the competition in the Midlands.
She said she plans to buy her ten-year-old sister Imogen a present with the £50 prize money and she also wants a new pencil case.
She said: I’m really happy to have been chosen as the winner, I’ve never won a competition before so I didn’t expect it at all, I like drawing and often draw our dog Alfie and Guinea Pigs Brooklyn and Crystal.”
Her mum Laura said: “I’m really proud that Amy won, we had to read and then re-read the email telling us she had won, she is so happy.”
National Express Coach, Managing Director, Chris Hardy said: “I’m delighted to announce Amy as the winner of Colour the Coach 2017 in the Midlands. She’s clearly talented and her drawing looks fantastic on the side of our coach.
“We are keen to promote youth talent as part of our Youth Promise so it’s fantastic that Amy’s work will be on display for all to see as it travels around the region.”