‘Clarabelle’ the latest addition to the CowParade Surrey herd really does celebrate cows and countryside. Beautifully designed by artist Lauren Terry she depicts grazing cows in the Surrey countryside and brings with her a message not only of art and fun but also more seriously of the importance of farming in tough economic times.
Sponsored by cattle farmer and CowParade Surrey Leader Tim Metson, proceeds from ‘Clarabelle’ at auction will support the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I), a welfare charity which supports the farming community. Tim comments: “Cow Parade is the world’s largest public art event and it provides a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the Surrey Hills and in particular farming. My family have been farming at Coverwood Farm in Ewhurst since the 1950s, and we have seen many changes. The high land and labour prices, together with the depression in agricultural incomes, create a massive pressure to give up farming or diversify which does not benefit the Surrey Hills. Cow Parade coming to the Surrey Hills allows us to shine a light on what an important role farmers play as custodians of the landscape”.
Suzy Deeley Corporate Development Manager Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution comments:
“We at R.A.B.I are thrilled to be joining CowParade Surrey. It’s great to be part of such a fun and vibrant art display, even better with the link to farming through the cows, We really appreciate being involved and the chance to draw attention to our work, providing financial support to farmers, farmworkers and their families in difficult times; whilst also raising funds to support what we do. We can’t thank Tim and Sara Metson of Coverwood Farm and Lauren Terry of Lauren’s Cows enough for their generous support.”
‘Clarabelle’ joins a herd of 63 full-size fibreglass cows which are gradually appearing throughout Surrey until the end of August for all to admire and find. 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 shows where the cows are located and allows each cow to be virtually collected. There is lots to find out about each cow, rosettes to be won and the chance to 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!
Artist Lauren Terry comments: “I was delighted when R.A.B.I approached me to paint a life-size cow and it was quite a challenge. The tricky bit is finding the cow. Cows have such a curious nature and humorous personalities, they just make me smile. I take great pleasure in passing on those smiles through my painting”.
The autumn will see the cows auctioned off for charity. The proceeds from ‘Clarabelle’ will be split between R.A.B.I and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey to conserve and protect the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Clarabelle is currently grazing at Polesden Lacey, one of the National Trust’s most popular properties.