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Artist calls on creative youngsters to produce their favourite landmark for city competition

Shaun Reynolds 2nd Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A PROFESSIONAL artist is launching a children’s art competition in Coventry that is giving kids the chance to see their favourite landmark on the side of a coach.

Paul Parkin is calling on kids in Coventry 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.

Children are being asked to sketch their favourite landmark before Paul, who is well known in the West Midlands for his unique coffee portraits, will be judging entries from Coventry and the wider region.

The best design 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 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 youngsters in Coventry.

“It’s a great opportunity to proudly watch a 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 Coach managing director Tom Stables said: “This competition is a great opportunity for mini-Monets in Coventry to show us their skills.

“We are encouraging all kids to pick up their pens and have a go at Colour the Coach.”

The competition is open to children aged five to 15, entrants should simply draw their favourite local landmark on an A4 sheet using whatever drawing material they wish.

Entrants have until Monday (July 18) to send in their submission to National Express Coach Art Competition, National Express House, Mill Lane, Birmingham, B5 6DD.