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Children are barking-mad about dogs. Whether they have one or not, kids always love to learn about all creatures great and small. In fact, did you know, the average child asks for a pet around 1,584 times before they turn 18? When parents finally give in, having a family pet can teach children about responsibility, unconditional love and companionship. 

To celebrate Bob Martin’ 130 year anniversary we ran a tail-wagging art competition for children aged 5-16. The theme? What will dogs look like in 130 years’ time. Will they live in space? Maybe they can talk? Take a look at some of the incredible winners below.

Competition Details

This art competition is open to children aged 5-16 and will be judged in two age groups. Primary School 5-11, and Secondary School 12-16. For each age-group there will be one winner, and 2 runner ups.

What will dogs look like 130 years time? 

1st Place Prize 5-11 & 1st Place Prize 12-16 

A custom plush soft toy (created from your picture), a personalised Pet Portrait of your dog and the chance to see your artwork on a range of products to raise funds for Pets As Therapy (t-shirts, mugs etc). 

4 x Runners Up 

A personalised Pet Portrait of your dog and the chance to see your artwork on a range of products to raise funds for Pets As Therapy (t-shirts, mugs etc).

Pet Portraits

Alongside the chance to see their designs on products, each winner and runner up will receive a personalised piece of art from a pet portrait artist.

Each artist brings a unique style, from hand-drawn mini-portraits, to digital cartoons. Your child may be a budding artist, and our hope is that they get inspired throughout the campaign by these fantastic artists. Some of them have only just started up, while others are well established and loved within the industry. 

All work must be created by the child (no parental drawings). The entry must be conceptualised, developed, and completed by the child. If a parent or teacher has any doubt about the originality of the piece, it should not be submitted. 

  • Artwork must be 2D 
  • Artwork must be either photographed or scanned in the form of a PNG, JPEG, PDF 
  • The photo/scan must be less than 25 Mb. 
  • Submissions must be photographed with a clear background (e.g. on a clear table, plain wall, or using a piece of white paper).
  • Feel free to print and use the sheet included in the downloadable pack for your child to draw or paint their art.
  • Artwork must be one of the following:
    • Drawing Using coloured or graphite pencil, ink, pastel, crayon, chalk, marker, or charcoal.
    • Painting Using acrylic, watercolour, oil, other plastic paints. 

A photo or scanned copy (JPG, PNG, PDF files only) of the masterpiece should be uploaded via the submission form. Select the artwork to upload and complete the form. 

The submission form can be found below.

Entries will be judged on originality and theme. You may submit multiple artwork entries (be sure you do them one at a time). 

Do not wait until the last minute to submit your artwork. The entry form and artwork upload system close automatically at exactly 11:59 pm on 7th Nov, 2022. 

Winners 2022

Age 5-11

Winner - Noah Age 9
Runner Up - Lola Shirtcliffe Age 11
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Runner Up - Skye Nairn Age 5

Age 12-16

Winner - Aura O’Brien Age 13
Runner Up - Erin Hill Age 13
Runner Up - Alex Woodward Age 13

This Competition Is Now Closed

This art competition is open to children aged 5-16.

Children are being asked to submit artwork in the form of drawing or painting depicting the theme: What will dogs look like in 130 years time?

Artwork will be judged in two age groups. Ages 5-11 and 12-16. 

Submitted artwork must be 2D and either photographed or scanned in the form of a PNG, JPEG, PDF (less than 25 MB). 

Enter your child’s artwork submission using the form below.

This competition is now CLOSED. 

Shop

All of these fantastic products have been designed by the winners of the Bark To The Future competition. From tail-wagging t-shirts to tote bags that you can take along on your dog friendly adventures. All profits from the sales of these products go to Pets As Therapy supporting their Read2Dogs Scheme. Find out more information below. 

What Prizes Can My Child Win?

Your creative little human could win the chance to have their artwork brought to life. Both first place winners will win a soft toy plushie, based on their futuristic pup. Not only that, but your child’s winning design will be up in lights, as we place it onto a range of producs raising funds for Pets As Therapy. 

Full rundown of prizes are as follows:

1st Place Prize 5-11 & 1st Place Prize 12-16 

A custom plush soft toy (created from your picture), a personalised Pet Portrait of your dog and the chance to see your artwork on a range of products to raise funds for Pets As Therapy (t-shirts, mugs etc). 

4 x Runners Up 

A personalised Pet Portrait of your dog and the chance to see your artwork on a range of products to raise funds for Pets As Therapy (t-shirts, mugs etc).

Supporting Pets As Therapy Dogs

Throughout this campaign, we’ll be supporting and highlighting the work of Pets As Therapy (PAT). An incredible charity who believe that every child has the right to leave school having achieved their reading level potential.

The Read2Dogs scheme enables PAT Teams who visit schools to help raise a pupil’s reading standard, boost their self-confidence, improve concentration levels and behavioural problems. The visits can have a positive impact on a child’s educational, social and emotional welfare.  

Reading a story aloud to a PAT dog, a great non-judgemental listener, helps young people to enjoy the reading experience. They look forward to spending time with their four-legged friend, which in turn creates a bond of trust, empathy and understanding of the needs of the pet.

Meet The Pet Portrait Artists

Alongside the chance to see their designs on products, each winner and runner up will receive a personalised piece of art from a pet portrait artist.

Each artist brings a unique style, from hand-drawn mini-portraits, to digital cartoons. Your child may be a budding artist, and our hope is that they get inspired throughout the campaign by these fantastic artists. Some of them have only just started up, while others are well established and loved within the industry. 

Looking For Inspo?

Show your mini human the video below to inspire them with ideas. It’s a poem bursting with creative ways to express the idea of ‘what dogs will look like in 130 years time.’

Read by 6 year old Harper Wakeling from Cwmbran. 

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