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Mayor-and-Deputy-cropped-480Local artists are being encouraged to come up with a design for the Mayor of Guildford’s official CowParade entry to transform it into a work of art. The life-sized cow is part of CowParade, the world’s biggest public art event raising money for good causes, coming to Surrey from May to September.

The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith and the Mayor Elect, Cllr Gordon Jackson, are asking for expressions of interest from local artists to decorate the cow, ready for May when the incoming Mayor takes over. The Mayor explains, “As part of my mayoral theme ‘Inspiring Guildford’s Future Innovators’, we have developed the Innovate Guildford banner under which a number of forthcoming events will be promoted in the borough. We are looking for a design that is unique and eye-catching, that the borough can be proud of, which will reflect the continuity of the innovation theme through our two mayoral years.”

Guildford’s very own Civic cow is just one of the many cows sponsored by different organisations and businesses throughout Surrey. They will be displayed around the county before being herded with all the other cows to the Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival where they will be auctioned off to raise money for local projects that benefit and enhance the Surrey Hills landscape and other charities. Those judged to be the pick of the bunch will be auctioned at a gala event in London later this year.

Cllr Jackson adds: “This is a really exciting project, which will be used to reinforce my mayoral theme. The theme will be announced when I take office in May, but I intend to continue celebrating innovation in Guildford with a particular emphasis on the importance of place and the role of the countryside.” Interested artists should email ArtsDevelopment@guildford.gov.uk. Please put ‘Civic Cow’ in the subject line of the email. The closing date for submissions is Monday 14 March 2016.