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Press Release: Bedford Creative Arts asks locals to contribute to Airship Dreams

Bedford Creative Arts (BCA), The Higgins Bedford, and Airship Heritage Trust along with award-winning artist Mike Stubbs, have joined forces to launch Airship Dreams, a programme of exhibitions and events that celebrate Bedford’s airship history. Earlier this year, BCA announced it had received significant funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and

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Press Release: BCA Receives Over £100,000 For Airship Dreams

Local contemporary arts charity, Bedford Creative Arts (BCA), has received significant funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, as well as Arts Council England and Bedford-based charity, Harpur Trust for a new project: Airship Dreams.  The project is the result of three years of investigation and research into Bedford’s history with the airship and Cardington Sheds, working closely with award-winning artist Mike Stubbs, who grew up in

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Community Surgeries: Can We Help?

The current Covid-19 crisis has left a lot of arts organisations and freelance creative practitioners concerned about the future.  Whilst there have been announcements from central government and grant funders about support, it can be hard to navigate that field if you’re not familiar with it. We are offering weekly slots to practitioners in the

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Artists Appointed for Take Part Queen’s Park

We are pleased to announce the appointment of three exciting artists for our new project Take Part Queen’s Park!  Artists, Caroline Wendling, Andy Holden and Mira Calix will be part of the first phase of a two-year action research project based within this Bedford community.  Residents of all ages will be invited to collaborate with the artists on a series

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Opinion: The Twinning Project backs up key themes identified by Durham Commission  

In October the Durham Commission, a joint research collaboration between Durham University and Arts Council England, which examined the role creativity should play in the education of children and young people, released its findings. The Commission concluded that all schools, from early years to 16-plus education, should be better enabled to ‘support the promotion of creativity

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BCA joins fundraisers for first statue of a woman in Bedford

Bedford Creative Arts is pleased to be supporting Women of Bedford in an initiative to fundraise for the first statue of a woman to be erected in the borough. Yesterday, Director of BCA Elaine Midgley joined other guests at Bedford Heights, for an evening reception to support the campaign and creatively explore the stories of the past

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Queen’s Park Cultural Capital – Call for Artists

BCA is now calling for artists to join our new Queen’s Park Cultural Capital project; a two-year action research and co-creation project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The Harpur Trust, with additional support from Arts Council England, Bedford Borough Council and bpha housing association. The project is set in the diverse community of Queen’s Park, Bedford where residents

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Red INK Call out to local dance groups

A great opportunity to take part in the curtain raiser for the critically acclaimed Red INK by hip hop contemporary dance company Wayward Thread, is now open for local dance groups. Local dancers are invited to apply to a series of intensive dance workshops in the lead up to the performance on the 19th June.

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Opinion: The Ed Secretary’s Vision for Character and Resilience is a good start

The Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, announced earlier this month that character and resilience are “as crucial to young people’s future success” as academic qualifications. Laying out ‘Five Foundations for Building Character’ (including creativity, sport and performing), Mr Hinds pledged to work with schools and external organisations (including charities and membership bodies) to help all children access activities within each of