Ofiical charities of golf tournament to benefit from poster sale
Budding artist Katie Carmichael is living the dream after being announced as winner of a charity competition to design the official poster of The 2014 Ryder Cup.
The USA versus Europe golf tournament tees off on Friday and one of the first thing visitor and players will see is Katie’s work.
The 31-year-old youth worker from Alloa designed a striking water colour of the famous trophy for the competition run by the four official charities of The 2014 Ryder Cup – Quarriers, Friends of St Margaret’s Hospital, Perth & Kinross Disability sport and The McGinley Foundation.
The competition has been an extremely successful initiative for all four charities and we’re confident the final poster will provide an effective fundraising mechanism
The final poster, which Katie witnessed going to print, will be available to buy at Gleneagles throughout the week 23 – 28 September as well as via the online Official European 2014 Ryder Cup Shop with all proceeds raised from sales going to the charities.
On winning the competition, she said: “I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet that the poster I designed in my kitchen has become an official piece of Ryder Cup merchandise!
“Art has always been a passion of mine and I do a bit of design work for friends every now and then. However, I never thought I’d end up designing the Ryder Cup poster, particularly when the design was my first ever water colour. The competition was a great opportunity and to win provides a great platform to maybe try and take my art a bit more seriously.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the poster on sale at Gleneagles, and very excited to experience the atmosphere during the Match, and hopefully it can help raise significant funds for the official charities to support the fantastic work they do.”
As well as being given the title of designer of the official 2014 Ryder Cup poster, Katie has also won a trip for two to Paris, £200 worth of art supply vouchers and a framed, signed copy of her winning design.
Speaking on behalf of the official charities, Trish Godman, chair of Quarriers’ board of trustees, who was also on the competition judging panel, said: “The opportunity to design the official poster of The 2014 Ryder Cup competition was a fantastic way to encourage engagement with the charities involved and to raise public awareness of the work they do on a day to day basis.
“The competition has been an extremely successful initiative for all four charities and we’re confident the final poster will provide an effective fundraising mechanism.”