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Made in Bedford

When WH Allen announced the closure of its engineering works in 1999, there was a real sense of shock in the local community. This was the factory that at one time employed 3,500 people. Much of Queens Park was built to house the work force. So, in commemoration of the national importance of the factory,

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The Bedford Project, Andre Stitt

Over the period of one year Wales-based performance artist Andre Stitt  performed a series of eight live art performances in Bedford town and the surrounding rural areas. These performances were in direct response to the town’s own unique society and culture. Each of the performances was recorded using photography and film. 01   White Trash Curry Kick Conceived of

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Woman at the wheel

Inspired by the Mike Stubbs exhibition at BCA, this collaborative project brought together work by local women photographers and film makers. A cross section of women drivers agreed to participate and feature in the images, women driving ‘dream cars’, women using their driving skills in their working lives, women in a voluntary situation and women

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The Dome Project

Inspired by the Millennium Dome and the turn of the century, BCA involved large numbers of local people in the making and decorating of plastic domes. The work was then amassed for a striking public display at the Bedford’s River Festival.  

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The Eyrie Roar

‘The Eyrie Roar’ was a phrase coined in the fifties to describe the atmosphere at Bedford Town Football Club as the crowd waited for their heroes to enter the pitch. The book BCA compiled is the result of reminiscence sessions with fans of the club, offering a unique record of their memories of the Club’s

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Eye Me Mine

This ‘hands on’ arts project encouraged children (aged 5 +) living in the Queens Park area of Bedford to look at the community in which they live and be inspired to produce a photograph, video, drawing or piece of written text. Over 1000 images were produced in a four week period and then displayed in

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Time on our Hands

Time on our Hands was a project that began in 1993, offering older people a chance to try a broad range of arts activities, whilst meeting new people, gaining new skills and enjoying new experiences.    

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Bedford Allotment Project

Throughout the summer of 95 BCA’s Photography Group (comprising of local photography enthusiasts) visited Queens Park and Brickhill Allotments and got to know the allotment holders with a view to creating a photographic record of allotment life. The photographs taken feature the personalities they met, the produce they grew and the allotments themselves.    

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