Mira Calix with a family in Queen's Park


Tributes paid to Mira Calix

We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Take Part Queen’s Park artist Mira Calix. Mira was an ambitious, experimental contemporary artist whose exemplary work never ceased to inspire and transform. It has been our great privilege to work with Mira in her home community of Queen’s Park.  We have witnessed her

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The Culture Challenge 2022 Plan

We’d appreciate if you would share this widely among local educators and your own networks: For teachers, youth leaders and homeschoolers, planning something different to enhance well-being and skills in your learners in 2022, research from the Cultural Learning Alliance shows that young people (and all of us!) really benefit from cultural engagement. To help

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There is always lots happening at Bedford Creative Arts (BCA), from street art to dance performances, and from airships to screen printing. If it is arts based then we will be there! With a new year ahead and lots of new and exciting projects lined up, why not sign up to our newsletter to find

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Blunt Blades – police-confiscated knives become art 

Blunt Blades is a new exhibition at The Higgins, Bedford, which recycles police-confiscated knives into art. The concept has been eight years in development by Arabel Lebrusan, an ethical jeweller who was inspired to complete this project when Bedfordshire Police presented her with three crates of confiscated knives and other sharp artefacts back in October 2013. The exhibition consists of 275 rings


Social Impact of ‘800 Lifetimes’

‘800 Lifetimes’ is a 45-minute contemporary dance, sound and voice performance produced and performed by Pell Ensemble. Created with local communities and inspired by modern myth-making, ‘800 Lifetimes’, uses 360 sound technology Flowfal (a wearable app that allowed dancers to move and manipulate the sound in the space in real-time). The movements, material and words were

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‘Made in Queen’s Park’ Community Cafe

For one week only – Saturday 23rd October to Friday 29thOctober –  residents of Queen’s Park benefited from a free pop up café offering fun activities for half term. The free event, at the community centre, gave residents the chance to try out arts and crafts while enjoying some tea and cake. The café continued to

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Join the Airship Dreamers Club

Bedfordshire parents and children can benefit from joining the Airship Dreamers Club developed by Bedford Creative Arts (BCA). The Airship Dreamers Club is part of BCA’s Airship Dreams: Escaping Gravity project, which is an immersive artwork and community-curated exhibition exploring Bedford’s airship heritage. The artwork will be on display in The Higgins’ William Harpur Gallery until 28th November 2021 and is

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BCA delivers over 1700 art packs to children in Bedfordshire and Luton

This week BCA has headed up a dream team of volunteers to construct and deliver 1500 packs of art materials to children in Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton, in collaboration with Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedfordshire Libraries and the University of Bedfordshire. Funded by Arts Council England and facilitated by The Royal Opera

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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