Birmingham artist calls on kids to ‘Colour the Coach’
Local artist Paul Parkin aka Jinx has been chosen by National Express to launch its 'Colour the Coach' competition
A Birmingham artist has been hand-selected by one of the biggest names in UK transport to launch an exciting new national children’s drawing competition offering kids the chance to get their designs seen by thousands of holidaymakers.
Digbeth-based artist Paul Parkin aka ‘Jinx’ has been chosen by National Express to launch its ‘Colour the Coach’ competition, and he is calling on local children to pick up paper and pen to have the chance to see their design splashed across the side of a National Express airport service.
Pint-sized Picassos from locations all over the nation, including children in the West Midlands, are being asked to unleash their imaginations and draw a picture of their ideal holiday.
The best pictures will be created into a one-off livery and featured on one of National Express’s iconic white airport-bound coaches, at a time of year when tens of thousands of people will be travelling to the airport on holiday – ensuring maximum exposure of the masterpieces.
Each winner will also be handed a £50 cheque - enough to get their own summer holiday off to a flying start.
Paul, who lives in Castle Bromwich and owns the Jinx Art gallery based in the Custard Factory in High St Deritend, will be judging entries from Birmingham and the Midlands.
The professional artist, aged 53, is well known in Birmingham for his unique drawings made from coffee, and he kicked off the competition by designing his own one-off rendition of a National Express coach – painted with coffee – to inspire entrants.
Paul said: “I’m so thrilled to have been selected by National Express to launch its summer drawing competition and can’t wait see all the talent Birmingham has to offer. It’s such an exciting opportunity for kids to have their drawings seen by thousands of people and it is going to be amazing seeing the winning design on a moving canvas”
“Drawing and being creative is lots of fun, kids could draw anything from their last family break to a dream-land they wish they could explore. Use your imagination to inspire all the other holiday travellers this year. And get creative with what you use."
The local winner will see their picture boldly displayed on one of 47 daily airport services that take tens of thousands of holidaymakers from Birmingham Coach Station in Mill Lane to the UK’s major airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and each year.
Birmingham Coach Station Manager Russell Jinks said: “We are calling on children from Birmingham to conjure up all their creativity to design an entry that wows us and inspires passengers heading away for the summer break. It would be so exciting to see a local youngster’s design roll in the station on a coach everyday for all the passengers to see.”
‘Colour the Coach’ is open to children aged 5-15 and entrants should simply draw their ideal holiday on an A4 sheet of paper using whatever drawing materials they want.
Entrants have until Monday July 27, 2015, to unlock their inner Rembrandts and send in an entry to National Express.
Entries to the competition must be landscape designs on A4 paper and need to be sent to National Express Coach Art Competition, National Express House, Mill Lane, Birmingham, B5 6DD, or a scan of the entry can be emailed to email@example.com
For more information or to book visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 0871 781 81 81
To view Paul’s artwork go to www.jinxart.co.uk