Art competition for babies and toddlers

The hunt is on for the next Tracey Emin or Damien Hirst – before they’re even out of nappies

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The Contemporary Art Society has teamed up with Butlins to launch a competition searching for the nation’s youngest artists.

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Open to the under-twos and up to the grand old age of four years, it may seem a bit potty, but getting young children to develop their creativity gives them a way to express themselves through art. So if your toddler is are a dab-hand with the plasticine, this could be the beginning of a successful career in sculpture.

Fabienne Nicholas of the Contemporary Art Society, and one of the competition’s judges explains, “Getting toddlers engaged and thinking about art is an exciting idea. From sculpture to painting, collage to photographs…it can open a whole world of possibilities that goes beyond just making a pretty picture.”

It’s not the first time toddler art has been celebrated. In 2007, toddler Freddie Linsky, went down a storm in the art world after his mum posted his paintings on Charles Saatchi’s website. One painting sold for £20 with interest from galleries around the world before it was revealed two-year-old Freddie was the ‘artist’.

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The Butlins prize fund is £10, 000, with the winning tot bagging £500 plus a trophy, and runners up getting cash as well as Butlins holiday breaks. The closing date is August 31 and winning pieces will be displayed at an East London gallery in October when the budding artists will be invited to an awards ceremony complete with orange squash and canapés.

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