Artistic Amy, 12, delighted as her drawing tours country on side of coach - The Rugby Observer

Artistic Amy, 12, delighted as her drawing tours country on side of coach

Andy Morris 9th Nov, 2017   0

AN ARTISTIC Rugby schoolgirl has her very own ‘touring exhibition’.

Amy Page’s drawing of the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has been splashed all over the side of a National Express coach after she won a nationwide competition.

The 12-year-old from Bilton put pen to paper after her mum was looking for things to do in the summer and spotted the Colour the Coach competition – which invites kids aged 5-15 to draw their favourite local landmark.

Winning designs in each region, as chosen by a local artist, are turned into a special one off livery to go on the side of a coach.

Amy decided to draw the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum as it is her favourite landmark in Rugby – and, as the home of the World Rugby Hall of Fame, shares a connection with the sport she plays at school.

Rugby Free Secondary School pupil Amy was shocked and delighted when she found out she had won the Midlands competition.

She said: “I’m really happy to have been chosen as the winner, I’ve never won a competition before so I didn’t expect it at all!

“I like drawing and often draw our dog Alfie and guinea pigs Brooklyn and Crystal.”

She said she plans to buy her 10-year-old sister Imogen a present with the £50 prize money, and she also wants a new pencil case.

Her mum Laura said: “I’m really proud that Amy won. We had to read and then re-read the email telling us she had won. She is so happy!”

West Midlands artist Paul Parkin – aka Jinx – whose distinctive portraits painted with a coffee-based paint can be found in his gallery in Birmingham, judged the competition in the Midlands.

He said: “Amy’s design was highly creative, showed a good eye for detail and captured a famous local landmark really well. Very well done to her.”

National Express managing director Chris Hardy said: “I’m delighted to announce Amy as the winner of Colour the Coach 2017 in the Midlands. She’s clearly talented and her drawing looks fantastic on the side of our coach.

“We are keen to promote youth talent as part of our Youth Promise so it’s fantastic that Amy’s work will be on display for all to see as it travels around the region.”

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