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25/10/2018 - 04/11/2018


Amazingly it’s been more than four months since the mass participation artwork, celebrating one hundred years of votes for women, took to the streets of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. Continuing the celebration and legacy of the project, PROCESSIONS is to be part of an exhibition at SPILL Festival of Performance in Ipswich, from Thursday 25th October to Sunday 4th November. As part of this tour, Bedford Creative Arts’ banner, created by women of Bedfordshire and artist Quilla Constance, will be included in this vibrant and powerful display. Bedford Creative Arts is one of one-hundred arts organisations from across the UK who were invited to commission one of one-hundred unique banners for the artworks, made by female artists and community groups. PROCESSIONS is a visual expression of equality, strength and cultural representation, inviting all women to unite and celebrate the early fight for the right to vote and express what it means to be a woman today. Through a series of workshops focused on text and textiles and echoing the practices of the women’s suffrage campaign, artist Quilla Constance (Jennifer Allen) and women representing the multi-cultural make up of Bedford, explored the ideas, hopes and concerns of women in 21st Century to develop Bedford’s own banner. Combining fabrics from different cultures and with playful references to Victoriana, punk and sci-fi, the banner makes an impassioned statement about a collectively imagined future for women that was revealed at the PROCESSIONS event in London on 10 June 2018. Last month PROCESSIONS began its tour, with an exhibition at the Festival of Imagineers in Coventry on the 17-22 September 2018. Throughout 2019 the exhibition will visit significant cultural venues throughout the UK, further details of which are soon to be confirmed.  

11:00 - 17:00

Future Towns at Bedpop Science Lab

Future Towns will be at BedPop Science Lab on the 16th March 2019. Throughout 2018 commissioned artist, Sadie Hennessy has appeared at cultural events in and around Bedford, hosting free creative workshops for participants to create a glorified vision of Bedford’s real-life people and places to make a fantastical vision for a Bedford of the future. More information about the event will be posted soon!        

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Bedford Music in Detention

The Culture Challenge

Contemporary Artists Bedfordshire

Past Events


bedford happy

In 2013 the Office for National Statistics said Bedford was the unhappiest place in the country. In 2014 we proved it’s one of the happiest.Dan Thompson is a social artist, interested in making things happen as much as he is in making things. He’s created a day of happiness, a game played across Bedford town centre’s underused spaces. Dan is spent three months meeting people, exploring the town, and working with groups like the West Indian Social and Cultural Society and the Polish School. He asked people what makes them happy, mapping where in Bedford people are happy, and delving into why people like the government are talking about ‘happiness’ so much. We had Bedford Happy badges, small interventions in shops and cafes like Coffee with Art, and some inspirational posters around the town. The big Bedford Happy day  took over the town centre on Saturday 29th March. People took to the streets, creating a series of momentary distractions from the normal day. There was music from Bedford Arts Choir, free fudge to be won and certificates for local people who made their fellow Bedfordians happy! You can join in with Bedford Happy online, too. There’s a Facebook page, and on Twitter search for the #bedfordhappy hashtag.


Quilla Constance ‘QC’

We invited Bedford-based artist Jennifer Allen aka Quilla Constance ‘QC’ to give a performative lecture


Time Travellers of Dunstable

Time Travellers of Dunstable explored the idea of ageing as a form of time travel in a unique new sound piece created by artist Julie Myers

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