CowParade Surrey art patron Alexander Creswell shares his culture fix

PUBLISHED: 21:48 08 June 2016 | UPDATED: 19:44 10 June 2016

Alexander hard at work in his studio

Alexander hard at work in his studio


With the world’s largest public art event, CowParade, heading to the Surrey Hills this summer, arts patron Alexander Creswell is looking forward to seeing life-size fibre-glass cows popping up around the county. Here, we chat to the renowned artist to find out about his own favourite cultural hot spots

You can't fail to be mooved by CowParade...You can't fail to be mooved by CowParade...

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2016


If I want to go to the cinema I... am lucky enough to live near Cranleigh Arts Centre and I also love Shere Village Cinema.

The last film I saw was... The Martian. My son suggested this movie, which I found surprisingly fascinating. It’s an American science fiction film that is based on Andy Weir’s novel, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon.

For my theatre fix, I like to... go to the Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford. We are incredibly lucky to have such a great theatre nearby. I am hoping to see Toast next and will be back soon after for Travels with My Aunt.

If I get the chance to go to a concert, I... visit G-Live in Guildford. I also adore Grange Park Opera and am thrilled that they are planning to make their new home in Surrey.

I’m currently reading... The Silk Roads by Dr Peter Frankopan and The Levelling Sea by Philip Marsden.

The last time I went to my local library was... a couple of months ago, with my daughter.

At home, I’m most likely to be listening to... I listen to music all day long as I work. Sometimes this can be sacred choral music, such as Verdi, Rosini and Arvo Pårt, but best of all I am played to live in my studio by my daughters who both play the harp. Their instruments are so large that we keep them in my studio and I am serenaded daily – bliss!

Whereas in the car, I generally listen to... the radio.

The TV programme I never miss is... The Night Manager on Sunday evenings.

My favourite cultural event in Surrey Is... CowParade 2016. Get involved! Schools, business, charities, artists, kids and families... This is the world’s largest art event and it is happening in Surrey! Also, any exhibition that is opening at Watts Gallery – Artist’s Village, in Compton, where I am Associate Artist. Exhibitions at Watts are the perfect size, just enough and never too much. It’s also a hub of creativity, cultural inspiration, learning and fun. I urge everyone to visit, to take part, join a course, get your children involved and don’t forget to enjoy a Watts Works (the best cheese on toast in Britain) and a vast slice of cake in the Watts Tearoom.

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