Cow Parade Edinburgh2000


call to artists

The call to artists is now closed. If you have submitted a design, the Portfolio has now been assembled and sponsors were invited to the Preview on 8 February 2006. The Portfolio can still be viewed by appointment. For queries relating to designs, please contact

“ The friendly cow all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might;
To eat with apple-tart.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

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CowParade, the fabulous collection of life-size fibreglass cows strikingly decorated and painted by local artists, is now the world’s largest public art event. From Chicago in 1999 and New York in 2000, via London, Kansas City, Cape Town, Warsaw, Bucharest, Houston, Barcelona, Tokyo, Moscow, Atlanta, Monte Carlo, Sao Paulo, Las Vegas, Prague and Sidney, CowParade had grown in stature to become a major force in world art.

As Edinburgh becomes part of this celebrated international temporary public art event, the concept continues to evolve. While the cow sculptures remain the same, each city encourages creative individuals to explore the cow canvas - challenged by the artwork from past events, inspired by the cultural influences of their respective cities, and moved by their own interpretation of the cow as an art object.

Regional and international artists and designers, celebrities and members of the public and local communities have submitted designs for the unpainted bovines, which come in three forms — standing, grazing and reclining. Submissions go through a selection process and reviewed to ensure they meet basic CowParade guidelines.

Once complete, the cows will be displayed around the city where they will be much admired. As well as ensuring significant exposure for the artists involved and keeping the public amused, the cows have an “udder” job to do. After the exhibition, selected cows will be auctioned with 75% of the net auction proceeds being donated to VETAid (Charity No SC004913) and OneCity Trust (Charity No SC034165).

Each CowParade event has become a coveted competition for the best and the brightest artists in cities around the world. Famous artists, designers and architects to who have created cows include Gavin Turk, Matthew Williamson, Peter Max, Patrick Hughes, David Lynch, Richard Rogers, Norman Foster and David Schilling. All have shared their talent as part of CowParade.

Scottish artists will be asked to submit designs for the unpainted bovines, which come in three forms — standing, grazing and reclining. Submissions will be reviewed to ensure they are appropriate for all ages and meet basic CowParade guidelines*.

If you would like to be one of the applicants selected to use a cow as a canvas, then download the forms below and create a design to submit to CowParade Edinburgh. Artists whose works are selected by a sponsor will be asked to transfer their designs on to a life-sized, blank fibreglass cow structure and will be paid a £750 commissioning fee.

*Be sure to review the complete set of guidelines highlighted in the Artist Invitation and Information Pack

Application forms
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