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Ely: LGBTQ+ History Month celebrated with arrival of a special sculpture

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Moosha P. Cambridge, a purple cow decorated with symbols of LGBTQ+ pride, has taken up residence in Ely to mark the end of LGBTQ+ History Month.

Moosha P. Cambridge was created by local artist Cllr Hilary Cox Condron in collaboration with the Kite Trust, Encompass Network, Cambridge Pride and the wider LGBTQ community, as part of the 2021 Cows About Cambridge Art Trail.

After the trail concluded, the sculpture has been touring Cambridgeshire libraries, most recently being on display in March.

Moosha P. Cambridge (named in honour of the Stonewall activist Marsha P. Johnson) celebrates Cambridgeshire’s LGBTQ communities, diversity, and inspiration.

Moosha P. Cambridge (named in honour of the Stonewall activist Marsha P. Johnson) celebrates Cambridgeshire’s LGBTQ communities, diversity, and inspiration.

Representatives of The Kite Trust and members of Ely City Council were delighted to take up the offer of Ely being Moosha’s next stop on her tour.

Pip Gardner, chief executive of The Kite Trust, said: “Members of our youth groups worked with Hilary back in 2020 to design and decorate the sculpture.

“The pandemic caused delays to them being able to see their artwork on display, and now it is tremendous that we can have it shining as a beacon of pride in another place in the county!”

Moosha P. Cambridge (named in honour of the Stonewall activist Marsha P. Johnson) celebrates Cambridgeshire’s LGBTQ communities, diversity, and inspiration.

Moosha P. Cambridge (named in honour of the Stonewall activist Marsha P. Johnson) celebrates Cambridgeshire’s LGBTQ communities, diversity, and inspiration.

Moosha P. Cambridge (named in honour of the Stonewall activist Marsha P. Johnson) celebrates Cambridgeshire’s LGBTQ communities, diversity, and inspiration.

The sculpture shows flags and symbols representing the community and is painted purple as a nod to lavender symbolising gay pride with the hearts representing the love of all humanity.

The sculpture is now on display for members of the public to visit at Session House, Lynn Road, Ely.

 

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The sculpture is on display behind the railings at Sessions House, Lynn Road, Ely.

Photos can be taken directly or requested from The Kite Trust by contacting info@thekitetrust.org.uk or 01223 369508.

The Kite Trust support LGBTQ+ young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough through their youth work programmes including individual support, social groups in Cambridge, Ely, March, Wisbech, Huntingdon, St Neots and Peterborough, and summer residentials.

Moosha P. Cambridge (named in honour of the Stonewall activist Marsha P. Johnson) celebrates Cambridgeshire’s LGBTQ communities, diversity, and inspiration.

Moosha P. Cambridge (named in honour of the Stonewall activist Marsha P. Johnson) celebrates Cambridgeshire’s LGBTQ communities, diversity, and inspiration.

Encompass Network promotes a better quality of life for LGBTQ people in Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas by enabling networking and capacity building for the LGBTQ voluntary and community sector.

Hilary is a Cambridge-based participatory artist, delivering high social and environmental impact multimedia projects, interventions, events, and exhibitions.

Hilary’s activism and passion for social justice through the arts has shaped her practice. She works with schools, marginalized groups, museums, and cultural venues to explore, share and celebrate diversity, creativity, culture, stories, heritage and the natural environment – building relationships and vision, and empowering long-term, positive change.

 

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