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Artist Alexander Creswell is our Patron

Internationally renowned artist Alexander Creswell has agreed to be Patron of the Surrey version of CowParade, the world’s largest public art event, which is designed to focus attention on his beloved Surrey Hills.

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The high-profile event will lead to dozens of brightly coloured, life-sized cows being displayed throughout the entire county of Surrey in 2016. Organisers hope to involve everyone from schoolchildren to sportsmen, singers to businesses and were delighted when Mr Creswell agreed to lend his name to the project.

He said: “I am thrilled to be Patron of this inspiring event. The Surrey Hills CowParade provides an extraordinary opportunity for the community and celebrates our remarkable local landscape and heritage through Art. The CowParade is a brilliant platform for generating creativity and for bringing together businesses, schools and individuals across Surrey, it will also be a huge amount of fun! Together we will be creating a massive art installation with the potential to raise lots of money for good causes and for the Surrey Hills Trust Fund in particular.

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“As an artist I am very lucky to travel to far flung parts of the world for my work, painting the world’s greatest architecture and landscape, but returning home to the Surrey Hills always matches the beauty and energy which I see elsewhere. Not only do the Surrey Hills offer some of the finest landscape – in the most wooded county in the UK – but also the area is home to world class architecture inhabited by brilliant people nurturing talent, business and innovation alongside our wonderful schools.”

Mr Creswell is known for his extraordinary fluency and technical skill in watercolour and his remarkable ability to capture ‘the spirit of place’. He is best known for the large series of watercolours commissioned by the Royal Collection to depict Windsor Castle after the fire in 1993 and the completion of the restoration work in 1997.