On 15 July 2017 project Clubhouse – a year-long active citizenship and creative community programme for the residents of Chester and Carlisle Road, Queen’s Park, Bedford – ventured off-site to participate in the Queen’s Park Multicultural Parade and Carnival. The event, organised by, and hosted at, the Queen’s Park Community Orchard, is an annual celebration of the diversity of Queen’s Park.
The Clubhouse activity at the parade and carnival featured the project’s re-imagined scaffold tower – the “Clubhouse” and creative place that has been popping up on the street corners of Chester and Carlisle Roads since April 2017. The wider Queen’s Park Community were invited to take part in a Clubhouse photo booth by having portraits taken in front of the Clubhouse green-screen. A pop-up exhibition of the portraits of the residents and current Clubhouse participants on Chester and Carlisle Roads was also on display. The activity both document and celebrate the Queen’s Park community.
The Clubhouse Team also participated in the Queen’s Park Parade by walking the signs made by the residents as part of the project’s pop-up programme from Midland Road Tesco to Queen’s Park Community Orchard.
Clubhouse is a year-long art and community programme supported by a grant from Health Courage through the Health Lottery, plus support from Arts Council England, bpha and Bedford Borough Council.