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The Louvre Charitable Foundation is Ready for the Guernsey Goat Parade

As it stands, the Louvre Trust Charitable Foundation is gearing up for the rescheduled Autism Guernsey Goat Parade, which will be going ahead after being postponed in 2020. 


Autism Guernsey has announced that despite the current lockdown restrictions, the preparations are still going ahead as planned, with some artists using the lockdown as a time to begin decorating.  


The event was due to take place last summer. However, as a number of artists were from Guernsey’s schools, charities and businesses, which closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the charity made the decision to postpone the event.  


The life-sized goats are based on the Guernsey Golden goat breed and will be named and decorated by a variety of businesses on the island.  


As planned, Louvre’s goat will be designed by Arts for Impact, led by local artist Helen Bonner-Morgan. The goat will be co-designed and collectively decorated by participants of one of their community groups, InShape workshop.  


By creating opportunities for people in the Bailiwick of Guernsey to both access and participate in high-quality art, Arts for Impact looks to achieve a variety of outcomes, including increasing health and wellbeing, behaviour change and awareness and discussion around the biggest challenges facing the island’s community.  


The design concept is a reflection and response to the site and landscape at La Vallette. For many years Louvre has been involved in the Guernsey Yacht Club Autumn Sailing Series, the Castle Swim and previously the Guernsey Swimming Club bay swims, so it made sense for the goat to reflect Louvre’s passion for Guernsey’s sea. 


Helen commented: “All of us at Arts for Impact are really excited to get stuck into this project. After a difficult 2020, it is amazing to see local events being able to take place in Guernsey this year, especially for such a good cause. We are grateful to Louvre for selecting us to design their goat!” 


Jon Bachelet, Managing Director of Louvre Trust, said: “We’re delighted to hear that the parade is going ahead this year and are so grateful to Helen and Arts for Impact for agreeing to be our creative partners. It’s fantastic that a community project such as the Guernsey Goat Parade can have a wider reach through us partnering with Arts for Impact.” 


Louvre’s goat will be displayed with the public parade scheduled for May this year.  



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