National Express calls on UK kids to ‘Colour the Coach’
Artist Jenny Urquhart with her ideal holiday design
National Express is calling on children all over the country to enter an exciting new national children’s drawing competition with the chance to get their designs seen by thousands of holidaymakers.
The UK’s largest coach operator is launching its ‘Colour the Coach’ competition with the help of local artists who are urging local youngsters to pick up paper and pen to get their designs splashed across the side of a National Express airport service.
Pint-sized Picassos from locations all over the nation 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.
Entrants' designs will be judged by an artist based in their region. Artist Jenny Urquhart, who has two boys Monty and Charlie aged seven and nine, is judging entries from the West of England.
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, said: “I can’t wait see all the talent the country 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. Just remember, you don’t have to be the best artist in the world to produce a picture people love.”
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said: “We are calling on children from all over the UK to conjure up all their creativity to design an entry that wows us and inspires passengers heading away for the summer break.”
‘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
For more information or to book visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 0871 781 8181.