VIDEO: A barking mad idea? Artwork goes on display in Wakefield just for dogs

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Many artists have used dogs as the subject of their paintings – but now a group of schoolchildren have designed pictures specifically for man’s best friend.

Artwork depicting bones, cats and other dogs have been put up on lamp-posts in Walton to try and appeal to culture-seeking canines.

Art4Dogs project with Walton Arts Festival's Bill Winder, Walton Primary School pupils Madie and Emilia Winder and Evie and Jack Shaw, headteacher David Dickinson, plus 'Mitch' the dog. w311a342

Art4Dogs project with Walton Arts Festival's Bill Winder, Walton Primary School pupils Madie and Emilia Winder and Evie and Jack Shaw, headteacher David Dickinson, plus 'Mitch' the dog. w311a342

The 20 pictures, created by pupils from Walton Primary School, have even gone on display a couple of feet off the ground so they can be appreciated by their audience.

The idea of Art 4 Dogs was conjured up by Roger Gardner from Walton Arts Festival, which promotes the arts in the community.

Festival member Bill Winder said: “These days dogs with an appreciation for art are finding it increasingly difficult to get themselves into galleries such as The Hepworth Wakefield, so we decided to bring a bit of art and liveliness to the community which they might appreciate.

“Around 20 brilliant artworks were produced, mostly of cats, dogs and bones, and these have been placed on lamp-posts throughout Walton at a height for dogs to appreciate.”

The images were designed and drawn by pupils, who came up with the ideas of what might appeal to dogs.

They include kittens in a basket, a full dinosaur skeleton and even a cat carefully wrapped in rashers and rashers of bacon.

The team then got permission from Amey Street Lighting to put up the artwork on lamp-posts throughout the village.

Walton headteacher David Dickinson said: “When they first approached me I thought they were barking mad.

“But art is about expression and pushing the boundaries.

“At the school we are keen to try new things and take risks. We have had some really positive feedback.

“The children loved it and it is part of a few things we have been doing with Walton Arts Festival.”

To put the artwork to the test we visited the village with school cook Alison Morris and her dog Mitch.

And the 13-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier seemed to lap up the outdoor gallery - opting to appreciate the views of the art rather than using the lamp-post for a call of nature.

Although he was unable to verbally review the pictures as many human art critics would, his favourite image seemed to be a pencil drawing of a West Highland Terrier.