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Cows about Cambridge: An extraordinary art trail

Artists, businesses, schools, and community groups are all invited to become part of an udderly unique art event that’s coming to Cambridge next year.

One of the 'Cows about Cambridge' artist Lucy Gough in her studio with one the painted cows. Picture: Keith Heppell. (7689696)
One of the 'Cows about Cambridge' artist Lucy Gough in her studio with one the painted cows. Picture: Keith Heppell. (7689696)

The Cows about Cambridge project in spring 2020 will be one of the largest mass-participation art events ever to be held in the city.

Around 50 full-size cow sculptures, each one individually designed by an artist and sponsored by a business, will form a trail of discovery across Cambridge from March 30, 2020 until

June 7.

The 10-week art trail will be delivered by creative producers Wild in Art in partnership with children’s charity, Break, and is supported by inaugural sponsor and principal partner, Cambridge Business Improvement District (BID).

Wild in Art director Charlie Langhorne said: “The bespoke designs will tell the story of Cambridge and its people in a new way, which will inspire those who walk the trail to smile, laugh, think and reflect.”

Ian Sandison, CEO of Cambridge BID, added: “Red Poll cows are part of everyday life in Cambridge.

“Thousands of local people walk or cycle near their pastureland every day, on their way to work, school and the shops.

“In choosing cow sculptures for this innovative, world-class art trail, they will celebrate the uniqueness of our city and encourage new conversations between business and the wider community.”

Schools and colleges will be invited to adopt and design their own ‘mini moos’, as part of a county-wide learning programme.

Community groups will also have the opportunity to tell their stories by working with an artist to decorate their own cow.

At the end of the project, the educational and community cows will find forever pastures back at the organisations that adopted them.

The corporate cows will be auctioned off in a bid to raise more than £250,000 for Break.

If you are a local artist, or you represent a Cambridgeshire school, business or community group, find out more about how you can get involved with Cows about Cambridge by visiting cowsaboutcambridge.co.uk or see #cowsaboutcambridge.

Wild in Art’s recent work includes the award-winning Bee in the City for Manchester, Snailspace in Brighton, and GoGoHares in Norfolk.

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