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Schools win place in the Elephant Parade national tour

Press Release   •   Mar 24, 2013 22:55 GMT


Children from Copthorne Preparatory School and Dormansland Preparatory School submitted more than 600 design entries for the Elephant Parade local schools programme, which will form a key part of the this year’s national tour, sponsored by intu.


For the first time, the work of school children will stand side by side the creations of top artists for an Elephant Parade that will begin this summer and visit a dozen locations over a period of 10-months. Copthorne Preparatory School and Dormansland Primary school were the first two schools to get involved in the project.


The school creations were judged by Mike Spits, Co-Founder of Elephant Parade, alongside Kylie Wood, Digital Marketing Manager from intu and artists Sophie Coryndon and Keith Siddle.


The competition winners became the youngest ever artists to take part in an Elephant Parade event and will paint their designs on Elephant Parade statues, which will be included in the national tour.


Elephant Parade is a vibrant international public art exposition featuring the artwork of established artists and celebrities on full-sized elephant statues, which are exhibited and sold to raise money for the charity The Asian Elephant Foundation.


Photo by David Parry/PA

Elephant Parade is the world’s largest open air art exhibition of decorated elephant statues that seeks to attract public awareness and support for Asian elephant conservation. Created by local and international artists, each elephant is a unique piece of art. Parades have been run in the following cities:

Rotterdam 2007

Antwerp 2008                     

Amsterdam 2009

Emmen Zoo 2010 

London 2010 

Bergen 2010 

Heerlen 2011

Copenhagen 2011 

Milan 2011 

Singapore 2011 

Hasselt 2012

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