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Upcoming Events

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

Artists’ Supper 3

Tickets now on sale for our next Artists’ Supper 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. Book now.

10/06/2017 - 11/06/2017

Lookout

Book now! Created in collaboration with local primary school children, Lookout is an encounter between one adult audience member and one child performer somewhere high up overlooking the town. Together they look out at their city and imagine its future.

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

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.

01/07/2015

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.

01/02/2016

Selfie Slot Car Championship

How can our libraries adapt to changing times? The marketing machine of Formula 1 might not spring to mind but for artist Chris Dobrowolski it was the inspiration behind his new project Selfie Slot Car Championship. Created in early 2016 as part of the Library as Laboratory commission, this project was an experiment in making and marketing in our selfie-obsessed world. The artist invited local families along to workshops at Dunstable Library to make slot-car replicas of their own domestic cars. Then  two weeks later the families returned to the library to race their slot car in a one-day championship. Twenty five cars took part in what proved to be a passionate and hotly contested event. Chris Dobrowolski is an artist, maker, story teller and car enthusiast. He is known for creating homemade life-size vehicles that actually work, such as a hovercraft and an aeroplane. For the Dunstable Library project his inspiration came from an unexpected source. “My approach started with a satirical look at advertising and marketing” says Chris, “and I decided that Formula 1 motor racing sponsorship was probably the most expensive and glamorous form there was. I then tried to find a way to associate this with the not so glamorous context of the library. In my mind creating an alternative championship using the slot car was a way of mirroring the dystopian experience of the world outside we live in,” said Chris. So on a cold half-term week in February 2016, Chris found himself in the Asda car park in Dunstable armed with a mobile phone and selfie stick. “The idea was for people to park their car in the Asda car park next to Dunstable Library and pose inside their car. I then took photos of the whole car – front, bonnet, boot, roof and sides”

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