‘Take Me to the Kittens!’ Awarded Best National Pet Month Event in the Whole Country
‘Take Me to the Kittens!’ has been officially announced the ‘Best Event’ after being chosen by the charity’s trustees from more than 600 National Pet Month events. National Pet Month 2012 ran from 7 April – 7 May.
Hull photographer D Jun-Yu Low set up the feline focused photography exhibition aimed at promoting the arts and the beauty of the cat. Mr Low also took the opportunity to raise awareness of the National Pet Month charity and the importance of responsible pet ownership.
According to Mr Low: “The Arts Council of England recently identified Hull as an area where people’s involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average. We wanted to create something for the local population which would inspire and engage. I did this using the mystique and allure of the cat”
An ambitious series of events, publications and online activities supported the exhibition and the aims of the National Pet Month charity. A talk by feline behaviour expert, Vicky Halls, explained that most feline behavioural problems stem from well intentioned pet owners forgetting that cats are cats, thinking of them instead as cuddly teddy bears.
The exhibition ran for 6 weeks and was visited by 540 people and as part of the exhibition, local photographer, Eris Healey, aged 9, received her first professional commission.
Philip Sketchley, National Pet Month Chairman commented: “Take Me to the Kittens!’ was an unusual and creative event which worked to engage the local community through Mr Low’s passion for photography and cats. Through the talks and presentations Mr Low also highlighted the need to care for cats properly. We were also delighted that a local animal charity benefitted from funds raised during the event.”
The exhibition raised £500 for the Hull and East Riding RSPCA centre.