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Enter the British Teddy Bear Artist "Aloysius" Awards


Each year we will chose a new famous bear worthy of having an award named after him. It has been Alfonzo and Bristol, this year it's Aloysius. The bear who features in Brideshead Revisited. The model for Aloysius was Archibald Ormsby-Gore, the beloved teddy bear of John Betjeman, Waugh's friend at Oxford.

The British Teddy Bear Festival Awards 2019. This year our famous bear is Aloysius and so we have the "Aloysius" 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 8th 2019 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 saw Aloysius in the fur at our British Teddy Bear Festival at Woburn Abbey 2018, courtesy of Ian Pout of Teddy Bears of Witney, winner of our Lifetime Achievement Award.

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 and in 2018 Sue Pearson

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. 

To Enter. You may book an entry slot initially to ensure a place. Your 4 (jpeg only) photographs and 50 word description must then be submitted by email (only) to hap@mkps.co.uk by 31st March 2019. 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 5 sections: A. Best Artist Bear, Animal or Character (undressed no props), 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

Each section has 3 categories . 

Section A. Best Artist Bear, Animal or Character. (Undressed no props) 1 A Naturalistic bear, animal or character. 2. A Traditional bear, animal or character 3. A Contemporary bear, animal or character. Within these three categories there will be one single separate section for Novice artists with their first or second competition entry or who have been making bears for less than 2 years. Please state "Novice" clearly with your entry. 

Section B. Best Artist Bear, Animal or Character (Dressed or Undressed-props allowed)1. "Let's Fly!" 2. "When you wish upon a star" 3. "Reflections" Let your imagination run wild!  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. 1950's 1960's or 1970's. 2. Family day out. 3 Our Green and pleasant land. Recycled, sustainable, unusual

Section E. Best Artist and Antique Bear. (Partnership entries allowed)1. Two characters from a children's book. One artist, one antique bear 2.Bears in love. One artist, one antique bear. 3.An artist's impression of a favourite old bear. At least one artist one antique bear. 4. My best ever restoration project. Just 1 restored bear before and after.

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 "Aloysius" British Artist Teddy Bear Awards 2019 are Kelly Dean, Ian Pout, Sebastian Marquardt, Jo McDonald, Gregory Gyllenship and Daniel Agnew.