Norwich artist calls on kids to ‘Colour the Coach’
Norwich artist Ruth Knapp with her 'Colour the Coach' suggestion
A Norwich 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 Ruth Knapp 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 East Anglia, 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.
Ruth, 37, who went to Earlham High School and lives in Earlham Road with her two daughters Tegan and Laila aged nine and seven, will be judging entries from Norwich and East Anglia.
She kicked off the competition by designing a picture of her own personal favourite holiday. It was inspired by a recent trip to London with her daughters where they fed parakeets in Kensington Gardens, enjoyed riding a carousel, and played in an amazing play area.
Ruth works from her studio at home and is well known locally for her eye-catching stencil designs, including a well known pineapple stencil on display in St Stephen’s underpass which was added as part of an art project to reclaim the thoroughfare from urban decay.
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 Norwich 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”
“I find art really rewarding, I like to create art that is pleasing for other people and I would say to anyone thinking of entering the competition - art is an opinion, there is no right way, so do whatever makes you happy and draw whatever is in your minds eye.”
The local winner will see their picture boldly displayed on one of 30 daily airport services that take tens of thousands of holidaymakers from Norwich Bus Station in Surrey Street to the UK’s major airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and each year.
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said: “We are calling on children from Norwich 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 Ruth’s artwork visit her Facebook page at; https://www.facebook.com/ruthknappartist
For more information or to book visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 0871 781 8181.