My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 8 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Appreciating Art with a FREE 2013 Calendar download!

Print your free Wall Calendar for 2013!

If you're anything like me, you will have acquired your family calendar for the coming new year by Boxing Day. Whether it comes as a stocking filler on Christmas Day or as a "better get myself organised" kind of after thought whilst traipsing the January Sales, you'll have sorted it. However, if you are like me, you'll get to the beginning of February and say, "I must fill the new calendar in!!" I'm terrible for forgetting. So if you are a friend or family member and your birthday is in January, please don't take it personally if your card gets 'overlooked' each year ... My calendar doesn't begin until February!

Nevertheless, I always have a calendar. Sometimes I'll have more than one! This year, I have a very special calendar to tell you about. It is special for a number of reasons. The calendar has been put together by a selection of artists through SurveyCompare. If you have little or no knowledge of the site, here is a little information to give you an idea of what it is all about ...

“The SurveyCompare community is full of artists, writers and makers, who come to us to make a little extra money."

Agnese Geka (Commissioned the Calendar)

The calendar features twelve artists from around the UK, each at different stages in their careers. Some take private commissions, others make art with children, and a few work with prestigious design houses. Each illustration reflects the time of year it represents, from a plump bunny lying among Easter eggs, to a snoozing man on a park bench in July, to a festive Christmas scene with Father Christmas sleighing among the stars.

Looking through the calendar, I was excited to stumble across some very familiar names too!

The Calendar gives a small amount of information about each artist, including details of their websites, enabling you to delve deeper into their work.

"It’s easy to forget you have creative skills; the calendar is supposed to be a gentle, inspiring reminder for our community to keep making art. Each month they can turn over a new leaf and see an artwork made not by a celebrity, but by a regular person with creative talent."

Agnes Geka

Now let me move on to the next wonderful thing about this calendar. Ok, it looks fantastic, it has been put together by 'regular' people ...

Oh, did I mention that it is free?!

"We encourage people to print and share the calendar with their friends."

Agnes Geka

To get your own copy of this lovely 2013 calendar and to play your part in sharing the appreciation of the work of these artists, just visit the Download Page where you will be able to print off your own A4 size copy.

So what are you waiting for? 

“The calendar is special because it allows us to commission and create opportunities for our community to follow their own ambitions, in this case illustration. We hope this leads them to bigger and better things.”

Agnes Geka

... We hope so too!

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