Give old fire helmets a makeover and turn them into art

Whether you're a professional or amateur artist, you can take part in our Ashes to Art campaign and raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.


Release date: 11 December 2023

Operational fire helmets are being turned into canvasses for a new charity art project and West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is calling on local artists to submit their design ideas.

The 25 winning designs will be painted onto helmets, exhibited at Worthing Town Hall and auctioned off, with all proceeds going to The Fire Fighters Charity.

Artists from all over West Sussex and across the UK are encouraged to submit their creative and unique ideas by 2 February 2024 to be in with a chance of seeing their concept on a real-life fire helmet.

All the fire helmets have previously been worn by firefighters and used at operational incidents.

Mark Andrews, Acting Chief Fire Officer, said: “I am really pleased that we can reuse these fire helmets and give them a new lease of life, all for a brilliant charity that does so much to support fire and rescue service staff and their families.

“Two years ago, our colleagues at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service ran the Ashes to Art campaign and some phenomenal concepts were submitted – from fire-duck trucks to armadillo designs. I’m really looking forward to seeing the marvellous makeovers of our fire helmets.”

Louise Furneaux, Community Fundraiser at The Fire Fighters Charity, added: “I’m delighted to see Ashes to Art return in 2024, once again combining treasured former fire helmets with unique designs by local artists.

“On behalf of everyone at The Fire Fighters Charity, I want to thank everyone involved in organising this fantastic event. We can’t wait to see the finished designs – all of which will be auctioned off in aid of us and in support of the vital work we do, helping members of our fire service community be at their best.”

To submit your design concept, please email Submissions can be in any format you like (such as a photograph, digital illustration, or sketch) of the design that you would like to recreate on one of the helmets. All designs must be submitted by 2 February 2024.

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