The Locomootive GWR cow comes to Dorking Halls

Friday 24th June 2016

Time to start getting into a stew about it? The latest udderly brilliant installation for Surrey’s Cow Parade has been unveiled today at Dorking Halls.

Pull the udder one?

I dairy you to go and take a look. Sponsored by Great Western Railway (GWR), the cream of the crop has been put out to pasture by the prime of Surrey Hills Enterprises, GWR and visual arts charity Artventure Trust.

Without milking it Artventure Trust participants, volunteers and co-workers designed and painted the Locomootive’s hide.

Artventure Trust Manager Anne North said:

“We were attracted to the Cowparade, after successfully completing a mural in the centre of Guildford. All the designs on the mural and the cow have been drawn by the participants of Artventure. We discussed the design for our cow, and it was decided to base it on what the cow would see around her when in the field.

“I know our members are very proud of the final result, and will miss having her around.”

Let’s meet?

Still rare from the experience GWR Station Manager for the North Downs Mal Thurman said:

“It’s offal not to do all we can to promote local tourism and the communities we serve.

“This installation, showcasing some of the veally good destinations on our network, is sure to bring visitors in their herds.”

Joining the cowlective, the Locomootive is the first installation in Dorking to be put out to graze, and there are over 30 at present across Surrey.

CowParade Surrey Leader Tim Metson comments:

“We’re delighted to welcome Locomootive to the CowParade Surrey herd, she epitomises what the whole project is about charity, art and partnership working. She will be joining quite a collection of cows in Dorking, make sure to download our CowParade Surrey app and find them all.”

At the end of the exhibition in August the cows will be auctioned off to raise money for local community projects across Surrey, such as the Artventure Trust.

With the steaks so high Councillor David Mir, Chairman of Mole Valley, added:

"I'm delighted to see so many CowParade Surrey cows appearing in Mole Valley. This is a great initiative that puts our beautiful district in the spotlight and raises funds for local charities. I encourage everyone to hop on the train and come out to the Surrey Hills to see these beautiful works of art.”

Done or over-grilled? Hopefully, we’ll be sinew about in Surrey.

About CowParade

CowParade officially launched on 30 May at the Surrey County Show. There were 15 cows at the show which have now been taken to various locations across Surrey.  Over the next three months more and more cows will be added to the exhibition and at the end the cows will be auctioned off to raise money for local community projects and charitable causes.

The cows are being displayed until the end of August then on the 3 September they’ll all be exhibited together at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival at Coverwood Farm. The cows will be judged, and most will be auctioned at a principle auction, with the top 20 ‘champions’ going to a Gala event in London to make even more money for charity.

Cow sponsors can choose which charity they would like to support, and the net proceeds of the auction will be split between that charity and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund.

GWR has chosen to support The Artventure Trust, a visual arts charity in Guildford for adults with learning difficulties. Founded in 1984, the charity was set up to allow vulnerable people to explore the visual, and on occasions, performing arts, in a safe and secure environment. When designing the cow, Artventure participants were asked to draw what the cow would see around it in a field. Those drawings were then transferred onto the cow by artists at the charity.

CowParade is the world’s largest public art event which is seeing lots of brightly decorated fibreglass cows placed in popular landmarks across Surrey this summer. The idea is that each cow is ‘Sponsored’ by a business, school or charity and decorated by a local artist. A specially designed app, created by digital design agency Akiko Design, is free to download from cowparadesurreyhills.com and will allow you to ‘check in’ to each cow as it’s found. You’ll discover lots about each cow, be able to win rosettes, take part in quizzes and more. Those who find the most cows will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury Kuoni holiday for two to Mauritius!

For further information on CowParade Surrey visit www.cowparadesurreyhills.com for all the latest news and follow CowParade Surrey on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.