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We Are Now, Laurence Payot

Laurence Payot is a french born, Liverpool based artist. She creates subtle yet challenging works in the public realm, short-circuiting our everyday routine to spark new ways of perceiving the world around us. For We Are Now we invited the people of Dunstable to dance with the wind, become part of a collective performance, and


Bedyarn, Liz Wright

Liz Wright was the winner of our spring 2013 mini commission.  She reclaimed our public monuments and places, personalising and decorating them with your handmade knitted creations. Liz invited men, women and children to make new connections with the town and each other via the traditional skill of knitting. She helped people learn to knit


Vocal Migrations, Kathy Hinde

For our autumn 2012 commission we worked with audio visual artist Kathy Hinde, developing a new work with local singers that combined live singing with electronically altered voices. The piece was inspired by how bats ‘echo-locate’ using sound to ‘see’ their surroundings. In collaboration with technologists, Kathy has created a new handheld device that uses


Tea and a Walk in a (Small) Field, Kezia Ruth

Our winter 2012 mini commission was won by Kezia Ruth and Ground Floor Coffee. Inspired by the Duchess of Bedford, inventor of afternoon tea, Kezia created Bedford’s largest cake, the centre piece of a ‘tea and a walk in a (small) field’ event at our February 2013 Almanac Festival. A mail art project and cake


Almanac Festival

  A weekend of art made in Bedford. Magical night time light projections, animated discussions and pop up cinema of films made in Bedford. Become a walking musical instrument in an interactive sound installation, or drink tea, take a walk and find out more about how afternoon tea started in Bedfordshire. Hear the Concerto Magnificent,


Even a Stopped Clock is Right Twice a Day, Aaron Head

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’. Throughout the month of November Aaron displaced the usual adverts posted at a billboard site in Queens Park. Instead he displayed a large photograph


Concerto Magnificent: An Anthology of All Things, Johnny Parry

For our summer 2012 commission we worked with Bedford-based composer Johnny Parry, who creates operatic contemporary music for orchestra and voice. Johnny brought together a big-hearted army of people to develop this cycle of songs, written and performed in collaboration with the public. Hundreds of local people were involved in contributing lyrics, before a new


Eastern Pavilions

Bedford Creative Arts is proud to be part of Eastern Pavilions. A beautifully presented, boxed portfolio contains 12 limited edition prints, each commissioned by a visual arts organisation in the East. All the commissioned artists have a strong link with the East of England. The Eastern Pavilions Print Portfolio is on sale for £1000. It is


Lace in Place, Arabel Rosillo de Blas

Our spring 2012 commission  produced a new public artwork celebrating the rich history of lace making in Bedford. Large scale hand-made lace adorned the exterior of 1 St Paul’s Square, an unoccupied Grade 2 listed Georgian building in Bedford town centre. Artist Arabel Rosillo de Blas worked with local group The Aragon Lacemakers, learning to