The iPawed Purrcassos - Artistic cats create their own paintings (yes, really) for fundraiser
They are the aristocats of the art world.
Charlotte's painting 'Hot Paws', Brutus' masterpiece 'Mighty Jungle', Admiral Snuggles' canvas 'Furrdinand' and Angus' artwork 'Caturday' may not be household names, but bidders will battle to buy the works this weekend.
As you may have guessed, these are not human artists, but cats who are paw-trait painters.
These budding Purrcassos are all moggies rescued by Cats Protection and are either current or past residents of the charity's Belfast Adoption Centre.
Cats Protection volunteer Valeria Higgins brought her iPad into the centre one day to see how the residents would respond to a game called Paint For Cats.
Now, for a fundraiser with a difference, artwork created by the felines will go on sale. The proceeds will go towards caring for the animals in the Belfast Adoption Centre.
Valeria, who worked with different cats on the project, told the Belfast Telegraph: "Some were very keen to start painting and would cover the whole canvas within a matter of seconds, while others would look at the screen and ponder what they wanted to draw – ending up with just a single paw print in the middle of the painting. The cats' styles also differed.
Certain cats would use a lot of blobs and splodges, while others used thick lines across the whole of the screen."
Belfast Adoption Centre manager Bel Livingstone said: "Valeria has not only provided our centre cats with hours of stimulation and enjoyment, but found a way in which the cats themselves can help raise funds."
The art auction will take place on Saturday from 1-4pm as part of Cats Protection's Belfast Christmas Food and Craft Fair.
All proceeds raised will go directly in to caring for the cats and kittens at the centre in Dundonald.
Entry to the fair is £2 for adults, and children go free.
This includes a complimentary drink, crisps and a goodie bag for the youngsters.
- Egyptian scrolls with paintings made by cats in 3,000BC were discovered in 1990.
- In 1994, a museum in Berkeley, California, held the first ever international show of cat art and even had its own artist-in residence, Buster.
- The Museum of Non-Primate Art in New Zealand has produced a set of 18 pictorial cards designed to test a cat's artistic potential.