Brighton artist calls on kids to ‘Colour the Coach’
Richard Berner with his coach design
A Brighton 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.
Local illustrator Richard Berner 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 Sussex, 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.
Richard will be judging entries from Brighton and the south of England. He kicked off the competition by designing his own one-off rendition of a National Express coach to help inspire entrants.
Professional artist, Richard, aged 30, whose work ranges from children’s book illustrations to intricate and surreal paintings takes his inspiration from the people and places of Brighton. His work, which is available online and in local art shops, includes fantastical prints of some of the town’s most famous landmarks.
He said that when it comes to picking a winner he will be looking for something out of the ordinary.
He 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 Sussex has to offer. Drawing and being creative is lots of fun, I always take a sketchbook with me on my holidays. My favourite place to go on holiday is Nanuku, a beautiful tiny island in Fiji, you can walk all the way round it in half an hour and the Fijian people are lovely!”
He added: “Kids are naturally creative and I'm excited to see all the great ideas they come up with when drawing the holiday of their dreams. 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”
The local winner will see their picture boldly displayed on one of 56 daily services that take tens of thousands of holidaymakers from Brighton Coach Station in Pool Valley to the UK’s major airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, each year.
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said: “We are calling on children in Brighton 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 for a local youngster to see their design roll past on a coach everyday for everyone 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 send a scan to firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard’s artwork ranges from surreal paintings to children's book illustrations and can be seen in the Art Republic gallery in Bond Street or on his website: http://www.bernerdesigns.co.uk/