As a team we make art happen anywhere and work collaboratively with artists and communities to create new experiences for people to enjoy and be part of.

Based in Bedford, our core team work from a converted Victorian house alongside 7 studio artists who are also based in the building.

Most of our creative thinking is scrawled across our blackboard walls and we tend to make the most of the studio like space. (If you find us with large post-it notes in hand you know something’s about to go down!)

We are always keen to hear from artists who are interested in working with us. If you are up for collaborating with people and places, and would like to make a proposal for our future programme please contact us  or come along to one of our Contemporary Artists Bedfordshire events.

You can find out more about who works here on our team page.


Artist call out for new commission from Bedford Music in Detention (BedMID)

BedMID is delighted to announce a new music or music-led commission for an artist whose practice explores aspects of identity, migration and working with detainees or refugees. The commission requires the artist to involve participants in the process of making the work.

• Commission fee £1500
• Music and music-led project
• Working with a community group from Bedford
• Marketing support from Bedford Creative Arts
• Project management support from the selected community group
• Opportunity to contribute to Refugee Week 2018 as appropriate


• To apply for the BedMID commission you need to be a UK-based artist and permitted to work within the UK.
• BedMID commissions are for newly conceived work only.
• We welcome applications from artists at various stages of their careers.
• The artist is required to work with a Bedford Community group for six 2 hour sessions as part of the making of the work. (Please let us know if you have identified a group you would like to work with)
• The artistic outcome must take place no later than 24 June 2018.
• This commission can be part of a larger project the artist is engaged with.

Artist Proposal: Your proposal, either written, video or both should include:

• What are you proposing for this commission – your idea, who it involves, how you will make it happen
• Any other supporters or partners you have already identified
• CV – this could be a brief biography, examples of recent performance work, your approach or ongoing areas of investigation
• The project timescale
• Your intended audience
• An indication of how the commissioning fund will be used

To apply
• Please complete the application form
• Maximum 800 words
• A link of your previous work (if any)
• If your application is submitted through video then the length must be within 15 minutes. (please including password for the protected link)
• Deadline 17:00, 5 January 2018. Shortlist announced on 9 January and interviews on 12 January 2018. Please send your completed application to jihwen@musicindetention.org.uk

Funded by Harpur Trust.



Accountable to

Jih-Wen Yeh, BedMID jihwen@musicindetention.org.uk

Application Form

Free music making opportunity for community groups in Bedfordshire 2018

Do you work with refugees, vulnerable or marginalised communities, or a wellbeing or mental health group?
BedMID (Bedford Music in Detention) is offering six free music workshops each for four lucky community groups in 2018. If you think your participants could benefit from music and musician-led workshops then we would like to hear from you.

To apply, complete the application form, including a short paragraph (no more than 200 words) on how you think your group would benefit from the workshops. Please remember to tell us the types of workshops your group would benefit from most.

Please send your completed application to Jih-Wen Yeh, Producer, BedMID at jihwen@musicindetention.org.uk by 17:00, 5 January 2018

Funded by Harpur Trust.



Accountable to

Jih-Wen Yeh, BedMID jihwen@musicindetention.org.uk

Application Form


The Bedford Creative Arts Board of Trustees is seeking enthusiastic and experienced professionals to join them to help develop and support our work.

Bedford Creative Arts creates transformative cultural experiences that directly engage with people from all walks of life. Working with artists and other cultural practitioners we deliver cultural programmes and commissions for diverse communities, in particular those who experience difficulty accessing mainstream cultural activities or otherwise feel isolated or excluded.

We need trustees who can bring innovative ideas and enthusiasm for our values of engage/include/inspire, as well as excellent judgement, to us help achieve our objectives and take on future challenges.

We operate a rolling recruitment programme but are particularly looking for trustees with business or fundraising development skills and experience.

As one of our trustees you would have the opportunity to support a unique, passionate and driven charity, which has a transformative impact on the communities it works with.

Our Board sets the strategy for the organisation and delegates authority to the Chief Executive for all operational matters. The role is voluntary, with all reasonable expenses paid.

To be a trustee you must be able to attend a 2-hour board meeting in Bedford every 6 weeks, any extra hours or activities are at the discretion of each trustee.

This is both an exciting and challenging time for the Trust and individuals with these skills will boost the already impressive portfolio of talents represented on the Board.

If you think you have the qualities we are looking for contact
aland@bedfordcreativearts.org.uk to arrange a chat.



Accountable to

Chair of Trustees


Reasonable expenses paid


Required to attend 2-hour board meeting in Bedford every 6 weeks

Want to get involved? YEAH!