SOURCE: Art.co.uk

Art.co.uk

June 20, 2013 03:00 ET

Art.co.uk Opens Nominations for Next Art Sparks Learning Campaign

Communities Can Help Support Art Education and Inspire the Next Generation of Artists by Recommending Their Favourite School

EMERYVILLE, CA and LONDON--(Marketwired - Jun 20, 2013) - To support art education today while inspiring the artists of tomorrow, Art.co.uk (a division of Art.com Inc.), the world's leading online destination dedicated to experiencing and buying art, is accepting nominations for its next Art Sparks Learning campaign launching this autumn. For the first time since the program's inception, the company is inviting the public to nominate schools in need that will each receive 18 framed artworks of their choice to decorate their schools and inspire their students. Previous campaigns have seen U.K. and U.S. schools compete for a grand prize, however this September, the UK venture will be a completely separate campaign from the U.S., with six U.K. schools competing for a grand prize of art supplies. Nominations for the autumn campaign can be made at www.art.co.uk/artsparks from now through July 26th.

"We're very proud to continue the Art Sparks Learning campaign this fall, sharing the power of art with students, teachers and parents by donating framed artworks to schools in need," said Geoffroy Martin, CEO of Art.com Inc. "This time around, we're encouraging our community to nominate schools that have special meaning to them and help foster the creative development of our youth."

Since its launch in November 2012, the Art Sparks Learning campaign has presented public schools in the U.S. and U.K. with framed art in an effort to enhance and inspire students' learning and art appreciation. For past efforts, schools were selected after receiving nominations offline from parents and teachers; each school chosen received the artworks they curated. As part of the spring campaign, which concluded in April, Art.com also provided the winning school, Woods Cross Elementary School in Utah with $1,000 worth of art supplies from BLICK Art Materials after it received the most votes from Art.com and Art.co.uk visitors. Runner up, Brookland Junior School in the UK received art from their curated galleries.

"It is amazing to hear the children excitedly and spontaneously talk to each other about the art they see on the walls. In addition, some of the pictures were chosen to complement literacy, history and art topics and will be used throughout the year to broaden the children's learning across the curriculum." Heather Blackmore, Head Teacher, Brookland Junior School

"It will be a day I hold close to my heart forever, seeing the children so excited over key pieces of art." Emma Maltby, Teacher, Gloucester Primary School, participant in the first Art Sparks Learning campaign.

Visit www.art.co.uk/artsparks to nominate a deserving school to receive artwork through the Art Sparks Learning campaign and to learn more about the previous schools in the program.

About Art.com Inc.
Art.com Inc. is the world's largest online retailer of high-quality wall art. The company was founded in 1998 to make art widely accessible by transforming the way the world discovers, personalizes, shares and purchases art. Today, with more than 17 million customers in 120 countries worldwide, the company hosts two unique properties in the U.K. -- Art.co.uk and AllPosters.co.uk -- along with a significant international presence in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, Mexico and South America.

Art.co.uk and AllPosters.co.uk offer custom framing, specialty printing and interactive visualization tools to help people find the perfect piece of wall décor for their space.

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