Lace in Place, the large artwork inspired by Bedfordshire lace that currently adorns the exterior of 1 St Paul’s Square in Bedford’s town centre, has been granted permission to stay until February 2013.
This extraordinary installation, was commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts and is the work of artist Arabel Rosillo de Blas and a dedicated team of local people.
The artwork garnered a lot of attention during its planned 3 month long installation, both from local people and the national contemporary arts scene. It is due to the invaluable support of local campaigners and the council that Lace in Place has now been extended.
Lace in Place was an impressive feat of collaboration, creativity and craft. Nearly 200 people were involved in the workshops and activities that Bedford Creative Arts hosted during the development and creation of the artwork, and 28 people, from lace novices to experts from local group. The Aragon Lace Makers, can claim to have had a hand in turning 3 miles of rope into the 14 large lace panels that make up the installation.
The artwork was intended to temporarily transform a forgotten building, and bring Bedford’s hidden Lace-making heritage to the town’s attention.
Bedford Creative Arts is grateful to all the people and organisations whose continued support has made the installation possible.