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25/10/2018 - 04/11/2018

PROCESSIONS at SPILL Festival

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
16/03/2019

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!        

Partnership programmes

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Bedford Music in Detention

The Culture Challenge

Contemporary Artists Bedfordshire

Past Events

05/09/2013

Dunstable Wind Charming Day

We invited the people of Dunstable to dance with the wind, become part of a collective performance, and create the folklore of tomorrow.

01/06/2012

Even A Stopped Clock is Right Twice a Day

Aaron Head was the recipient of our summer 2012 mini commission with a new public work sited on Ford End Road, Bedford, ‘Even a Stopped Clock is Right Twice a Day’.

01/07/2015

Dump It On Parliament Revisited

Step back in time to the post-punk scene of the mid 1980’s. Think Siouxsie Sioux, a DIY ethic, scratch video, protest, Thatcher. This is the backdrop to Dump It On Parliament Revisited, a new living history artwork exploring counter-culture local history, and created by artists Dash MacDonald and Demitrios Kargotis (DASHNDEM) and artist/musician Roshi Nasehi.

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