Suffolk Illustrator’s Design Wins Best Charity Calendar at Calies 2017


Suffolk illustrator Thea Cutting of Gallery Thea in Southwold is thrilled that her artwork used in the 2017 RNLI calendar has led to it being declared the winner of the ‘Best Charity Calendar’ at the 2017 Calies Awards.

The inaugural event took place on 29th November at the Stationers’ Hall in London and was attended by many of the leading companies within the calendar and diary publishing sector.

Carousel Calendars’ winning product displays the wonderfully whimsical artwork by Thea Cutting, owner of Gallery Thea in Southwold, combined with a calendar designed to highlight and support the good work undertaken by the RNLI. Thea’s fun seaside scenes are the perfect match for a charity which seeks to keep people safe while they enjoy all that the varied coast offers.

Thea Cutting says: “I am fortunate enough to live on the Suffolk coast where the RNLI is part of everyday life and I have brave friends who work for them.  As my illustrations are influenced by my surroundings, particularly the sea, it’s wonderful to be able to work with a charity that is both relevant and extremely close to my heart.”

Martin Reese-Davies, Head of Licensing for Carousel Calendars, says: “From the start I have felt that the joining together of the RNLI brand with Thea Cutting is a perfect match. Thea’s wonderful, fresh and invigorating artwork really lends itself to the RNLI and the two brands really complement each other. “

Kevin Smith, Licensed Product Manager for the RNLI, says: “Our partnership with Carousel and Thea has helped us to raise awareness of our lifesaving work, with proceeds from the calendar helping us to continue saving lives at sea. We’re looking forward to working with Thea and Carousel more in the future.”

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