Huddersfield artist who painted Colonel Tom launches art competition for NHS

Darren painted a portrait of Colonel Tom Moore in honour of the war veterans fundraising efforts for the NHS. Credit: Darren Baker

Huddersfield born artist Darren Baker has launched an art competition, together with the Professional Footballers Association, to raise money for the NHS workers.

The ‘Art4NHS’ competition has been launched to raise money for frontline charities like NHS Charities Together and The Prince’s Trust.

Prize money totalling £25,000 has been allocated by The PFA Charity, as well individual prizes for winners.

To enter the competition, children and adults are encouraged to submit paintings and drawings on the theme of the NHS and community spirit.

Three winners will be selected from each of the four age groups.

Darren Baker, who is behind the competition, is one of Yorkshire's most celebrated artists, having previously painted portraits of the Queen, Prince Charles and a young Tony Blair.

Queen Elizabeth II, by artist Darren Baker, unveiled by the Princess Royal at Church House Westminster Credit: Darren Baker

Last month (April 2020) Darren painted a portrait of Colonel Tom Moore in honour of the war veterans fundraising efforts for the NHS.

The painting of the Keighley-born hero was presented to Tom Moore himself on his 100th birthday by ITV, after he raised more than £32-million to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Alongside Darren Baker, the judging panel for the competition includes Manchester United’s Juan Mata, plus eminent artists Ian Berry and Lauren Baker.

Myself and the fellow judges are looking forward to receiving your artwork , showing your appreciation for the NHS and the incredible people saving lives and keeping us all safe.

Darren Baker

Manchester United’s Juan Mata explained:

In the face of adversity, it has been inspiring to see the remarkable work of the NHS staff and also how communities have come together.

Juan Mata

PFA Charity Trustee, Gordon Taylor added: “The NHS is our beloved national institution and now more than ever we owe everything to the wonderful staff, putting themselves on the frontline to help save lives and protect us all.

“The PFA Charity is proud to give its continued support to NHS Charities Together.”

  • To enter the competition you can visit: thepfa.com/art4nhs

The closing date is 14 June 2020.