‘Moo C.A’ is the latest addition to CowParade Surrey and the first of the herd to arrive in Farnham! This beautiful moo has been designed by Margaux Carpentier a graduate from the University of Creative Arts. Currently grazing outside ‘Moo C.A’ was officially unveiled by Simon Ofield-Kerr, Vice Chancellor of the University of Creative Arts.
Margaux comments; “I painted the cow trying to translate the state of mind I was in during my student days. By illustrating bright dancing and flying silhouettes I wanted to convey the feeling of freedom and exaltation one can experience starting artistic research and evolving into the young and dynamic environment that is university. The words painted by sign painter Lana Alaana (also working with myself and Rory Elphick as Animaux Circus) represent the different mottos of UCA.”
CowParade is the world’s largest public art event which is seeing lots of brightly decorated fibreglass cows placed in popular landmarks across the county during the Summer. The idea is that each cow is ‘Sponsored’ by a business, school or charity and decorated by a local artist. The cows are put out to graze and dotted around Surrey until the end of August for all to see. A specially designed app, is free to download from cowparadesurreyhills.com and allows each cow to be virtually collected. Discover lots about each cow, win rosettes, take part in quizzes and more. Those who find all the cows will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury Kuoni holiday for two to Mauritius!
Simon Ofield-Kerr, Vice Chancellor of UCA comments;
“As a provider of creative arts education that is incredibly proud of its current and former students, we thought it would be a great idea to turn the design of our cow over to one of our own recent Graphic Design graduates, Margeaux Carpentier who is known for her bold and surprising designs. Margeaux’s design is bold and confident, and integrates UCA’s core values – just like our students! The proceeds from the sale of Moo C.A. will go to UCA’s Creative Fund, which provides.”
The autumn will see the cows auctioned off for charity. UCA have nominated their Creative Fund to benefit from the sale of ‘Moo C.A’. The fund provides scholarships and bursaries for talented students in financial difficulties, helping people from all backgrounds to realise their creative potential.
Simon continues; “The county of Surrey has a long designing and making heritage that the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has proudly supported for the past 150 years. One of our campuses is in Farnham, a crafts town, where generations of makers have developed their skills in our traditional workshops. Indeed, we are one of the last places in the country which offers a full range of crafts education, spanning glass, ceramics and metalwork. Our curriculum also engages with the modern, cutting edge creative industries in Surrey, where Guildford is one of the largest games and technology hubs in Europe. We’re proud to be working with leading names in the industry to educate the next generation of games artists and technologists.”
The Surrey Hills Trust Fund will also benefit from the auction of ‘Moo C.A’. Established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey, the Surrey Hills Trust Fund helps to conserve and protect the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, supporting local community projects and enterprise schemes that benefit and enhance the Surrey Hills landscape. Visit http://www.surreyhills.org/trust-fund/ to find out more.