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Lace in Place, Arabel Rosillo de Blas

Our spring 2012 commission  produced a new public artwork celebrating the rich history of lace making in Bedford. Large scale hand-made lace adorned the exterior of 1 St Paul’s Square, an unoccupied Grade 2 listed Georgian building in Bedford town centre. Artist Arabel Rosillo de Blas worked with local group The Aragon Lacemakers, learning to

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Echo Location, Kathy Hinde

Kathy Hinde’s interactive sound map Echo Location, commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts has been specifically created for Bedford and has been developed over a series of workshops throughout the year. In November this year people were invited to come on ‘Walkshops ‘with Kathy and assistant artist Aaron Head, using their everyday smart phone or the

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The Excursionist, Jo Roberts

As part of the ‘The Big Draw’, the National Campaign for Drawing’s nationwide event, we commissioned Jo Roberts for The Excursionist project. Between October 15th and 22nd Jo and supporting artist Arabel Rosillo De Blas took groups of participants on ‘doodle walks’, mapping our local area through drawing, photography and communication. The project was a

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Border Country Melanie Friend

Melanie Friend began work on Border Country in 2003. Since then, more than 25,000 individuals per year have been held for some period in immigration detention in the UK. Over this time, male detainees have comprised approximately 85% of the immigration detainee population in the UK and the vast majority of interviewees in Border Country

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Criss Crossing, Jordi Lafon

Here, the act of walking is a kind of performance in which many different situations converge, both the unexpected and those that are deliberately sought out. These different situations produce various ideas and images that contribute to our sense of place. Walking is a way of searching out new experiences, a way in which to

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Land of The Free, Steve Schofield

Steve Schofield is a photographer. His practice explores the fascination that the British public has with American popular culture and the sub-cultural world of fandom. In his growing photographic series Land of the Free, Schofield shows people in their own homes wearing costumes they would dress in to attend events and conventions with other like-minded

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‘Goodbye to most of the daydreams’ Alex Pearl

The title of Alex Pearl’s exhibition ‘Goodbye to most of the Daydreams’ quotes the words of Antarctic Explorer, Captain Scott, The exhibition explored an imaginary journey to the frozen, windswept continent of Antarctica. However, where Scott would have relished the opportunity to embark on such an adventure, it is likely that artist Alex Pearl would

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Pigeonholes, Jane Edden

Jane Edden investigates the interchanges between nature and culture; her work is concerned with the way we perceive nature, particularly birds and how we represent and reference them. During her time in residence at BCA she focused on the birds that she found close to the gallery, primarily pigeons and swans. Although her work is

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The Gatehouse, Lorrice Douglas

Lorrice Douglas produces work as if researching for a film or a novel, using a range of media including archive, installation and photography to construct or present a scene.  The scene being staged in ‘The Gatehouse’ references the attic room that Douglas occupied as BCA’s resident artist in 2007.  This piece is typical of Douglas’s

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