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Cultured Canines: Art Exhibitions for Dogs Are Now a Thing

This month, some of London’s best-groomed dogs could be found getting their culture fix at a gallery designed just for them.

Artist and designer Dominic Wilcox created the world’s first art exhibition for dogs at London’s Ugly Duck Gallery.

The exhibition includes three fun, interactive dog artworks by Wilcox and a collection of paintings, drawings and prints that are aimed at dogs and their interests.

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Photo: Mikael Buck / MORE THAN

Offering no shortage of visual and physical stimulation, a highlight of the exhibition was a giant 12-foot dog food bowl filled with two thousand brown ball pit balls designed to look like dog food.

Dogs were invited to jump in and play.

Another piece allows dogs to sit with their head poking through the windows of a four metre-long, two-dimensional car while taking in the scents of meat, fish, an old sock, and worn shoes that are blown across the windows with the help of a large fan.

Movement was simulated through a hand-powered mechanical landscape.

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Photo:Dominic Wilcox

In another interactive installation, four drinking bowls lay on a patch of grass; water sprays between the bowls while the dogs play and slurp throughout it.

Additionally, six artists were asked to create wall-based works that would be of interest to dogs. Hung at dog eye level, the artwork was created in colours that dogs can see and scented depending on the subject matter.

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Photo: Mikael Buck / MORE THAN

One notable piece is a multimedia installation by Nick White that stimulates a Frisbee bouncing around a screen and is designed to captivate dogs.

Whether the cultured canine trend catches on remains to be seen, but at a time when doggy fashion shows are commonplace, we have a feeling that this isn’t the last we’ll see of them.

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