A competition for young Staffordshire artists that promotes the protection of endangered farm animals is now open for entries.
The Staffordshire Support Group of the Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) organises the annual competition in conjunction with the Staffordshire Agricultural Society, with all entries on public display at the county show in Stafford on May 30 & 31.
To enter, students must be in years seven or eight, from a Staffordshire school, and have produced an original piece of art of one or more rare breed animals, as defined by the RBST Watchlist.
Entries will be judged prior to the show with the winners awarded prizes from a £200 prize fund.
RBST member Janine Heath from Blythe Bridge breeds Tamworth pigs, a breed currently listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the RBST Watchlist. She said:
“The RBST promotes rare and native farm breeds, with the aim of increasing their numbers and saving them from the threat of extinction.
“Although some might see these breeds as commercially unviable in today’s agricultural systems, they represent Britain’s livestock history and cultural heritage. They can also play specific roles such as conservation grazing.
“This art competition is a fantastic way for us, as farmers and breed champions, to reach out to young people, showcase the work that the RBST does and highlight some of Britain’s endangered breeds.”
Artwork can be created with any materials – pens, pencils, poster paints, acrylic, etc. and should be submitted by May 16 to Staffordshire Agricultural Society.
31-year-old Miss Heath added:
“The competition has grown in strength since it was launched a few years ago and has proven a great way for us to engage with the wider public.
“Students can enter either through their school or as individuals, and they can find the RBST Watchlist on our website. We look forward to seeing which animals the students choose, and to judging and displaying their fantastic work!”
Entries should be sent to Holly Hobson at the Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD. To access the Watchlist, visit www.rbst.org.uk