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19:00 - 21:00
06/04/2017

Creative Bedfordshire April Networking

JOIN US FOR FREE CREATIVE NETWORKING IN SHARNBROOK ON 6TH APRIL 2017 RURAL BUSINESS is the theme of our April event. We will have inspiration from Harrold based artist Jo Atherton, who sees no boundaries in going further afield with her work, and a frank conversation about the issues and needs of creative business in rural areas. The event is an opportunity to chat with other creatives and includes a chance to shout-out about your own work and needs. Refreshments will be available. Informal and open to all. Booking is essential. Places limited to 30. If you work in the arts, run a creative business, are a freelance artist, actor, producer, maker or musician (or commission them), or are just curious, this network is for you. Creative Bedfordshire monthly events take place across Bedfordshire. Creative Bedfordshire is delivered by Bedford Creative Arts and is free of charge to attend thanks to the support of Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council. Photo credit: Taken at Creative Bedfordshire Networking by Cat Lane Photographer

12:00 - 16:00
12/04/2017

Rehearsal For The Revolution

Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about a different future? Are you a gamer, sci-fi lover or activist?

19:30 - 22:00
10/05/2017

Artists’ Supper Club 3

Coming Soon… Save the date for our next Artists’ Supper Club on 10 May 2017.

05/06/2017 - 06/06/2017

David

David is a brand new live digital interactive experience for all. Use your mobile phone to interact with ‘David’ and watch how he changes as you make decisions for him.

10/06/2017 - 11/06/2017

Lookout

Coming soon… A show about the future, and how far into it we allow ourselves to look.

19/06/2017 - 25/06/2017

Refugee Week

Coming Soon… Our Bedford Music In Detention Team is taking part in this year’s Refugee Week in Bedford from 19 to 25 June 2017. Watch this space for more details of how you can join in the activities with us. Image courtesy of David Ball.

Partnership programmes

Creative Bedfordshire

Bedford Music in Detention

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

11/02/2014

hip hop vs monuments

Do you walk past Bedford’s monuments and statues without a second glance on a daily basis? Do you know their meaning? Renowned choreographer and photographer Mickael Marso Riviere , international street dancer Si Rawlinson and a troupe of young street dancers from Bedford fused photography, live art and Hip Hop/Breakin dance to challenge our perspective of the well-known Silver Faces sculpture. For two weeks Bedford Creative Arts transformed the windows of the Sports Traider shop on Silver Street into a gallery displaying Marso’s images of the event.

01/03/2012

Lace in Place

Inspired by the rich history of lacemaking in Bedford, Bedford Creative Arts, artist Arabel Rosillo de Blas and over one hundred Bedford volunteers created the commission Lace in Place.

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