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19:00 - 21:00
10/04/2018 - 29/05/2018

Processions Workshops

Join us to make Bedford’s centenary banner artwork for nationwide project PROCESSIONS.

10/06/2018

PROCESSIONS WALK

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a mass participation artwork to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women.

Partnership programmes

Creative Bedfordshire

Bedford Music in Detention

The Culture Challenge

Contemporary Artists Bedfordshire

Past Events

16/10/2015

Future Library Festivals

What is a local library for? What would your dream library look like? These were questions artists Ania Bas, David Littler and Rosalie Schweiker chose to explore as part of the Library as Laboratory commission for Central Bedfordshire Libraries. Locating their project in the communities of Flitwick and Biggleswade they wanted to understand how libraries could become a place of possibility for everyone, a place beyond books. Working with local residents they developed the concept of a festival in the library, exploring the idea of ‘business NOT as usual.’ Using a DIY and self-directed approach they invited residents to imagine what their dream library might be like. Blackboards were placed inside and outside the library to gather ideas. Then, exploring the idea of creating local community archives, the artists took a stall at the Flitwick Classic Car Festival and paid 10p for joke contributions. Over 100 jokes were collected for the first ever Flitwick Joke Book. As the artists dialogue with the community continued, they developed ideas for a programme that disrupted the everyday activities of the local libraries and offered new, surprising things to do. “We wanted to look at how to build a creative, social space – a learning and making space rather than a collection of books and DVDs” says artist David Littler. In the autumn of 2015, one year on from the beginning of the project, the artists presented two Future Library Festivals to the local communities, the first, a 3-day festival in Flitwick and the second, a 1 day festival in Biggleswade. Future Library Festival Flitwick This first festival, which ran over a weekend in October 2015, introduced a wide range of surprising and unexpected activities to Flitwick residents. The artists wanted to test different ideas to understand what might prove popular and what might

29/11/2015

The Bedford Song Book

The Bedford Songbook is a celebration of local artists and musicians  brought  together to create a book that recognises our exceptional local talent.

01/03/2015

The Word Blind

‘The Word Blind’ attempts to address the plights of people with sight issues using their genuine gripes about every day occurrences, taking the speech melodies to make the music. Composer Roger Illingworth worked with the people of Sight Concern in a collaborative process to create a cathartic message about the little things that full sighted people take for granted. Nine core participants took part in the production of the piece which lasted 5 minutes. The piece was based on the idea of a complaints choir. The people that took part are registered as blind or  partially sighted. A volunteer from Mind worked with us and assisted with the group.   A Test Beds commission. Test Beds is our new programme to experiment with artists’ work in social settings, getting artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on imaginative creative projects. Six commissions will happen over the next two years in central Bedfordshire. Contact us to find out more about the commissioning process. Test Beds is funded by the LLoyds Bank Foundation.

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