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Birmingham Artist Launches Landmark Art Competition

Paul editedA Birmingham artist is launching a children’s art competition giving kids the chance to see their favourite landmark on the side of a coach.

Professional artist Paul Parkin is calling on kids in Birmingham to pick up their pens and enter National Express’ Colour the Coach competition – an initiative for youngsters to see their drawings of UK landmarks splashed across the side of a coach.

To enter children are being asked to draw their favourite local landmark and Paul, who is well known in Brum for his coffee-based paintings, got the ball rolling by drawing his own favourite - the famous Bull sculpture in the Bullring shopping centre.

As part of ‘Colour the Coach’, National Express is enlisting the help of local artists to launch the competition in regions all over the UK, and Paul has been picked to judge entries from the West Midlands.

The best design, as chosen by Paul, will be turned into a special one-off ‘landmark livery’ to go on a National Express coach, while the winner will also be presented with a £50 cheque.

Paul, 54, lives in Castle Bromwich and owns Jinx Art gallery based in the Custard Factory in High St Deritend,

He said: “I’m really pleased to launch this fantastic competition in my home city and I can’t wait to see all the creativity and original designs produced by local kids. What a great opportunity to proudly watch your design of your favourite landmark rolling across the region on a moving canvas.”

Giving advice to competition hopefuls, Paul added: “I want kids to put their own original style and stamp on their work so whatever their favourite landmark is, give it your own personal flavour.”

National Express UK Coach Managing Director Tom Stables said: “This competition is a great opportunity for mini-Monets in Birmingham to show us their skills and have their masterpiece touring around the country taking pride of place on one of our coaches. We are encouraging all kids to pick up their pens and have a go at Colour the Coach.”

The local winner will see their picture boldly displayed on one of the many daily coach services that roll out of Birmingham’s Digbeth-based coach station everyday.

‘Colour the Coach’ is open to children aged 5-15 and entrants should simply draw their favourite local landmark on an A4 sheet of paper using whatever drawing materials they want.

Entrants have until Monday 18 July, 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.

For more information or to book visit or call 0871 781 81 81.

Last modified on Friday, 01 July 2016 09:52

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