Bristol artist calls on kids to ‘Colour the Coach’
Local artist Jenny Urquhart has been chosen by National Express to launch its ‘Colour the Coach’ competition.
A Bristol 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 artist Jenny Urquhart has been chosen by National Express to launch its ‘Colour the Coach’ competition, and she 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 Somerset, 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.
Jenny, who lives in Westbury Park with her husband and two boys Monty and Charlie aged seven and nine, will be judging entries from Bristol and Somerset.
She kicked off the competition by designing her own ideal holiday, complete with a National Express coach in the picture, to help inspire entrants.
The professional artist, aged 39, is well known in Bristol for her colourful cityscapes featuring hot air balloons and her work has been exhibited in galleries all over the South West of England, including The Royal West of England Academy.
Jenny was recently selected by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park to design a Shaun the Sheep sculpture for the ‘Shaun in the City’ charity art trail due to launch in Bristol on 6th July this summer.
She 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 Bristol 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”
Giving advice to competition hopefuls, Jenny added: “There are no rules in art, I’d say just go for it and don’t be afraid to use your imagination. I enjoy using colour so I’d say go bright and colourful and try to include all your favourite things about your holiday! Just remember, you don’t have to be the best artist in the world to produce a picture people love.”
The local winner will see their picture boldly displayed on one of 30 daily airport services that take tens of thousands of holidaymakers from Bristol Bus Station in Marlborough Street to the UK’s major airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and each year.
Bristol Coach Station Manager Donna McDonald said: “We are calling on children from Bristol 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 a scan of the entry can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
To view Jenny’s artwork go to: www.jennysgallery.co.uk
For more information or to book visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 0871 781 81 81