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National paw-trait gallery: London finally has a space for art-loving dogs

National paw-trait gallery: London finally has a space for art-loving dogs

By Alistair Mason, Press Association

London dog owners are being given the chance to take their pets to an art gallery designed especially for dogs.

The National Paw-trait Gallery, an exhibition in Shoreditch’s Protein Gallery, features portraits hung both at human and dog-eye level.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Pixel, a Collie Cross Poodle attends the Facebook Watch launch of 'The National Paw-trait Gallery', the world's first gallery for dogs, at Protein Gallery in Shoreditch, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday February 7, 2019. The gallery opening marks the launch of "World's Most Amazing Dog" on Facebook Watch, a new interactive global competition series that celebrates entertaining dogs and their owners. The exhibition is free and open to the public and their dogs  until February 9. Photo credit should read: Anthony Upton/PA Wire

The exhibition, opened to mark the launch of Facebook Watch’s World’s Most Amazing Dog competition, includes images of famous dogs past and present, including Blue Peter’s Petra and the Queen’s corgis.

Alongside them are some “inspiring portraits of some of the nation’s dogs with disabilities”, produced for the exhibition by photographer Gerrard Gethings and animal charity Broken Biscuits.

The gallery will also exhibit some of social media’s most popular dogs as well as images of rare breeds, while any owners bringing their own mutt along can bag a picture in the dog photobooth.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Undated handout photo issued by Facebook of Scooter, Coco, Jasper, Otto and Pippa, as the social networking service announces the launch of Facebook Watch's 'The National Paw-trait Gallery'Õ, which is the world's first gallery for dogs, at Protein Gallery in Shoreditch, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday February 7, 2019. The gallery opening marks the launch of "World's Most Amazing Dog" on Facebook Watch, a new interactive global competition series that celebrates entertaining dogs and their owners. The exhibition is free and open to the public and their dogs until 9th February at Protein Gallery in Shoreditch. Photo credit should read: Gerrard Gethings/Facebook/PA Wire  NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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Undated handout photo issued by Facebook of Scooter, Coco, Jasper, Otto and Pippa, as the social networking service announces the launch of Facebook Watch’s ‘The National Paw-trait Gallery’Õ, which is the world’s first gallery for dogs, at Protein Gallery in Shoreditch, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday February 7, 2019. The gallery opening marks the launch of “World’s Most Amazing Dog” on Facebook Watch, a new interactive global competition series that celebrates entertaining dogs and their owners. The exhibition is free and open to the public and their dogs until 9th February at Protein Gallery in Shoreditch. Photo credit should read: Gerrard Gethings/Facebook/PA Wire

The exhibition opened on Thursday and runs until Saturday. For more information on Facebook Watch’s World’s Most Amazing Dog competition, visit facebook.com/mostamazingdog.

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