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A big new art trail is coming to Cambridge





Something big is coming to Cambridge in spring 2024 – and we have a sneak preview of it.

Following the success of the brilliant Cows about Cambridge art trail in 2021, the Cambridge Independent can confirm that the charity Break is bringing another trail to the city next year.

Something big is coming to Cambridge in spring 2024
Something big is coming to Cambridge in spring 2024

And we are delighted to announce that we will be media partner for the exciting trail of sculptures, which will be dotted around at locations across the city for visitors to enjoy.

The charity, which supports young people in care, leaving care and on the edge of care across East Anglia, is being a little secretive about what might be towering over the city come spring next year, though all will be revealed very soon.

Break senior partnerships and projects manager Pete Marron said: “It will be a tall order to top the last trail but we’re confident the new sculptures will be enjoyed just as much. We’re delighted to be back in Cambridge and to be working with the team at Cambridge Business Improvement District (BID) again.

“We can’t wait to release our new sculptures out into the wild next year while also encouraging everyone to stand with the young people we support, reminding them that no matter their start in life, nothing is out of their reach.”

With one of the sculptures from the 2021 Cows about Cambridge trial are, back, from left, Ian Sandison, CEO of Cambridge BID, Peter Marron, of Break, Tom Morgan, of sponsor Thameslink, and, front, Ellie Edge, of Break. Picture: Richard Marsham
With one of the sculptures from the 2021 Cows about Cambridge trial are, back, from left, Ian Sandison, CEO of Cambridge BID, Peter Marron, of Break, Tom Morgan, of sponsor Thameslink, and, front, Ellie Edge, of Break. Picture: Richard Marsham

The 10-week trail will be delivered by Break in partnership with Wild in Art and supported by principal sponsor Cambridge Business Improvement District.

And just as the cow sculptures were beautifully and imaginatively painted by artists, so will these sculptures.

Ian Sandison, Cambridge BID chief executive officer, said: “Cambridge BID are very excited to be working with Break on a second sculpture trail across the city, coming to life in spring 2024. The new sculpture is a real spectacle, and we are very much looking forward to seeing what the artists can do with them this time.”

A big surprise is promised from the new art trail from Break and Cambridge BID
A big surprise is promised from the new art trail from Break and Cambridge BID

The initiative will raise funds for Break to support young adults with care experience when the law says they must leave their residential or foster home aged just 18.

Cambridge is home to the charity’s pioneering Staying Close, Staying Connected service, which aids young care leavers into independence and beyond by helping them keep a roof over their heads and giving them opportunities to flourish and shine. All money raised will mean Break can be with them as long as they need.

Charlie Langhorne, co-founder and managing director of public art event specialists Wild in Art, added: “We are very excited to continue our partnership with Break and Cambridge BID. Building on the excitement of Cows about Cambridge, I have no doubt that the sculptures will capture the imaginations of residents and visitors alike.

The Cambridge Independent’s cow in the Cows About Cambridge trail was Sir Isaac Mooton. Picture: Richard Marsham
The Cambridge Independent’s cow in the Cows About Cambridge trail was Sir Isaac Mooton. Picture: Richard Marsham

“It’s a unique opportunity for businesses, the creative sector and the wider community to come together and create something very special for Cambridge, while raising much-needed funds to support Break’s work.”

With the trail going live in spring 2024, there is now a chance to get involved with the charity and the initiative. Break is on the lookout for sponsors, volunteers, artists and schools. Interest can be registered by emailing fundraising@break-charity.org.

Keep an eye on the Cambridge Independent for more details soon.



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