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Celebrities search for UK’s hidden lockdown artist

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THE British Red Cross has launched a competition to find the UK’s next up-and-coming artist.

The actor, writer, avid art collector, and presenter of podcast Talk Art, Russell Tovey will be judging the competition alongside Sophie Tea, one of the most in-demand artists of our time, known for her use of bright colours and mood-boosting creations.

Raising funds to continue the vital work that the British Red Cross has been providing throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the charity is calling the public to show their strength and power to make a difference and to inspire others through art. The winner will see their entry emblazoned on the charity’s latest range of ‘l have the Power’ merchandise, and sold online in the run-up to Christmas, with the proceeds going to the British Red Cross.

The competition is open to all ages and abilities with the successful entrant joining a stellar line-up of exciting and diverse UK artists including Craig and Karl (Craig Redman and Karl Maier), Morag Myerscough, Stephanie Unger and six other established and breakthrough names from across the country. These nine artists have already contributed designs to promote the British Red Cross message, that whether through volunteering or donating, everyone has the power to help those who need it the most.

Russell Tovey. Photograph credit: Jason Dimmock

Russell Tovey, who will be judging the artwork, said:

“So many of us have felt powerlessness during this crazy year, so it’s great to see art being used as a way to empower and inspire people – and help everyone realise that they too are equipped to help others. Whether you choose to submit an entry or buy something from the online collection, you’ll really be helping someone who needs it. I’m excited to see what everyone will submit”

Zoë Abrams, Executive Director at the British Red Cross said:

“We are delighted to be launching this exciting competition and working with artists across the UK to help spread the important message that everyone has the power to help someone in crisis.

 “The British Red Cross has supported people for over 150 years – and today as our nation faces a challenging winter, we want these inspirational artworks to encourage people to take action and join our kindness movement.

“Remember that you can help us support those who need it, when they need it, however they need it. Because you have kindness and you have power.”

The British Red Cross is on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, supporting those hardest hit, by providing a listening ear on its support line, getting people home from hospital safely delivering food to people in urgent need and helping to meet the needs of those who would otherwise go unnoticed in the pandemic, in particular, those who are lonely and isolated.

It’s all down to the dedication of volunteers and the generosity of British Red Cross supporters that ensures that the charity can be there for those who need it.

To enter, share an image of your design including the words ‘I have the power’ on Instagram, tagging @BritishRedCross and using #PowerOfKindness.

For more details and the terms and conditions please visit: https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/the-next-british-red-cross-artist-terms-and-conditions

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