Honiton youngsters encouraged to ‘Colour the Coach’

PUBLISHED: 17:30 01 July 2016

Artist Jenny Urquhart has been chosen by the UK’s largest coach operator to launch ‘Colour the Coach’.

Artist Jenny Urquhart has been chosen by the UK’s largest coach operator to launch ‘Colour the Coach’.


The art competition has been launched by National Express.

A professional artist has launched a children’s art competition in Honiton, giving kids the chance to see their favourite landmark splashed across the side of a National Express coach.

Jenny Urquhart has been chosen by the coach operator to launch ‘Colour the Coach’ – a competition that showcases landmarks people can see up and down the UK by coach on National Express’ network of services.

To enter the competition, children from Honiton are being asked to draw their favourite local landmark. Jenny, who is well known for her balloon designs, will be judging entries from Honiton and the South West.

The best design, as chosen by Jenny, 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.

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, including the South West, offering kids the chance to get their designs seen by thousands of people.

Jenny said: “I’m really pleased to launch this fantastic competition 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.

“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’s coach managing director Tom Stables added: “This competition is a great opportunity for mini-Monets in Honiton to show us their skills and have their masterpiece touring around the country and taking pride of place on one of our coaches.”

‘Colour the Coach’ is open to children aged five to 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 Friday, July 15, to 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.

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