YKC Art Competition Returns In Time For Crufts

Talented Young Kennel Club members can combine their love of dogs with their passion for art as the annual Young Kennel Club Art Competition returns for the seventh year.

This year, whether their dogs are great companions, love to run and chase or work hard, YKC members will need to create a piece of artwork that reflects their dog's personality or breed as the theme is 'What was your dog born to do?'.

The competition has three age categories: 6-11 years, 12-16 years and 17-24 years. The entries in each category will be judged by a Young Kennel Club Panel and the winning pictures will be exhibited at Crufts 2015. Winners will also receive prize money and art supplies to help them develop their passion, and one overall winner will receive a year's free membership of the Young Kennel Club.

Some of the previous themes for the annual competition have included Dogs From Around The World (2010), 120 Years of Crufts (2011), My Best Friend (2012) and Dogs on Holiday (2013). Last year members were encouraged to use their imagination and draw on their experiences to come up with the theme for this year's competition.

Last year's overall winner of the competition was 12-year old Charlotte Westerman from Sadberge near Darlington, who entered a simple but endearing painting of her Miniature Pinscher, Rita 'braving the German Alps', which really captured the sense of the competition.

Lucy Smith, Young Kennel Club Manager said: "I am always amazed by the imagination and creativity of the aspiring artists that enter. I can't wait to see what inspires them for 2015."

Entrants should send their artwork to Young Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB before 31stJanuary 2015. Entries should include, on the back of the artwork, a full name, address and age, telephone number and email address if applicable.

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