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The Young Pavement Artists Competition takes place nationwide on June 7 (or earlier) in aid of children with Duchenne md, a muscle-wasting disease. Closing date for enrolment: May 2. First prize is pound;200 and the best entries will feature in the YPAC 2004 calendar. Contact Barbara Bate, telfax: 01304 611428 Email:

The Electoral Commission in association with the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal College of Art is inviting students aged 16-24 to illustrate the theme "Votes are Power" using any medium. Closing date for registration is January 31 and for entries February 17. Winners will receive Apple Mac design computers and work experience at a creative agency and the winner's design will be used in the Commission's 2003 ad campaign. Send entries to or post them online at Tel: 0800 389 2725 for an information pack.

A week's family holiday in a National Trust holiday cottage is the top prize in a drawing competition for children under eight being run by Barefoot Books and the National Trust. Barefoot character Bear is asking children to draw a picture of their home with help from Debbie Harter's Bear at Home book and submit it by December 31. Three runners-up will receive a year's NT family membership. Tel: 01225 322470; Email:

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