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Enter the British Teddy Bear Artist "Bristol" Awards


Each year we will chose a new famous bear worthy of having an award named after him. Last year it was Alfonzo, this year it's Bristol. The bear lost at Bristol airport with a fascinating and tragic WW1 story.

The British Teddy Bear Festival Awards 2018. This year our famous bear is Bristol and so we have the "Bristol" British Teddy Bear Artist Awards which are a celebration of Teddy Bears, Animals and Characters made by talented artists from all over the world. These prestigious awards are to recognise, honour and celebrate the very best of teddy bears, animals and characters, and to acknowledge the best of their manufactured equivalents. The Awards will be announced on Saturday evening June 9th at the Awards Garden Party. If you would like your entry to be on show before and during the announcements and at the Festival then please bring him with you. Please do not send any bears to us. Please email for details hap@mkps.co.uk

 We are delighted to announce that the original Bristol himself will be on show in our special exhibition in our British Teddy Bear Festival at Woburn Abbey, courtesy of Ian Pout of Teddy Bears of Witney, winner of our Lifetime Achievement Award. We may even see Aloysius!

The culmination of this competition will be finding the Exceptional Artist Bears, Animals and Characters and those whom the judges find to be Exceptional, Excellent, Highly Commended or those whose artists have made a Superb Effort in a number of categories. Finally, there is the Lifetime Achievement Award in which bear artists will vote for the person who they think has added the most over a lifetime of work in the industry. The winner in 2017 was Ian Pout

All artist entries must be your own work. They must embody the Category/Section description. Please state whether clothes are also home made or not. Any name/signature should be covered.

To Enter. You may book an entry slot initially to ensure a place. Your photographs and 50 word description must then be submitted by 31st March 2018. You may enter as many categories as you wish, and as many entries as you wish in each  category. We do not accept entries other than by photograph. Each entry must have up to 4 photos from different angles including the back and a close up of the face. A description of up to 50 words must be included.

Please send your entries, including the photographs and up to 50 word description, to hap@mkps.co.uk where they will be entered onto the Awards website. 

There are 6 sections: A. Best Artist Bear, Animal or Character (Dressed), B. Best Artist Bear, Animal or Character (Dressed or Undressed-props allowed), C. Best Artist Miniature, D. Best Artist Tableaux. E. Best Artist and Antique bear together F. Best Manufactured Bear, Animal or Character and a Special Life Time Section. 

Each one has 3 categories apart from the last two. 

Section A. Best Artist Bear, Animal or Character. (Dressed) 1."Remember me?" Famous characters in history. 2. "Read all about it!" Any named character in literature. 3. "Centre stage" bears inspired by characters from stage, theatre or opera. Within these three categories there will be one single separate section for Novice artists with their first or second competition entry. Please state "Novice" clearly with your entry. 

Section B. Best Artist Bear, Animal or Character (Dressed or Undressed-props allowed)1. "Here comes the circus/funfair!" 2. "Quintessentially English" Pearls, parasols and petticoats!  Anything traditionally typical. 3. "Whimsical" or "Contemporary" .Within these three categories there will be one single separate section for Novice artists with their first or second competition entry. Please state "Novice" clearly with your entry. 

Section C. Best Artist Miniature. (4"or under) 1 A bear. Dressed or undressed. Subject choices from Section A. 2 An Animal/Character. Dressed or undressed. Subject choices from Section B. 3. A tableau. Dressed or undressed. Subject choices from Section D

Section D. Best Artist Tableaux1. Fairyland. 2. Seasons of the Year. 3 Different nations come together.

Section E. Best Artist and Antique Bear. (Partnership entries allowed)1. Most expressive faces. One artist, one antique bear. 2. English country garden theme. Pearls, Parasols and Petticoats. One artist, one antique bear 3. Bears on holiday. At least one artist one antique bear. 4 Bearaphernalia. Unique bear related items. Purses, muffs etc. Aesthetically displayed. 5.

Section F Manufactured Section. Best Manufactured Bear, Animal or Character. 1. A manufactured bear, animal or character of any sort from a subject choice from A or B.

Special Section. Lifetime Achievement awards. This section is to honour those artists who have the admiration and respect of other artists. Please nominate up to 3 artists who have dedicated their lives to their profession, and enter up to three names. 

Note. All British Artist Teddy Bear entries must have been made by you. They must be true to the Category/Section description. For a dressed bear please state whether clothes are hand made by you. We do not accept entries other than by photograph by email. Each entry must have up to 4 photos from different angles including the back and a close up of the face. A description of up to 50 words must be included. Judges for each category will have input into the criteria for making judgements on each Artist Teddy Bear section.

Judges. We are delighted to announce the judges for the "Bristol" British Artist Teddy Bear Awards 2018. They are R.John Wright, Kelly Dean, Ian Pout, Sebastian Marquardt, Jena Pang, Jo McDonald, Daniel Agnew and Hilary Pauley.