As a team we make art happen anywhere and work collaboratively with artists and communities to create new experiences for people to enjoy and be part of.

Based in Bedford, our core team work from a converted Victorian house alongside 7 studio artists who are also based in the building.

Most of our creative thinking is scrawled across our blackboard walls and we tend to make the most of the studio like space. (If you find us with large post-it notes in hand you know something’s about to go down!)

We are always keen to hear from artists who are interested in working with us. If you are interested in collaborating with people and places, and would like to make a proposal for our future programme please contact us  or come along to one of our Contemporary Artists Bedfordshire events.

You can find out more about who works here on our team page.


External Evaluator: Social Impact Study

We are seeking an External Evaluator for a Social Impact Study (2019-2021), Bedford

Closes: 26 July 2019, 5pm
Type: Freelance
Salary: Budget of £8,000 inclusive of VAT and travel

Bedford Creative Arts, in partnership with The Higgins, Bedford has secured funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Harpur Trust to develop a two year programme of artist-led action research, collaboration and co-creation in Queen’s Park, Bedford.

We are inviting Expressions of Interest for the Social Impact Study associated with this programme of work. The aim of the project is to understand the correlation between creative interventions and community cohesion. The Social Impact Study is one strand of reflection and analysis within a broader evaluation framework.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an embedded project that seeks to explore, test and evidence the impact of socially engaged responsive commissioning over an extended period of time.

The programme of work runs to April 2021. We are looking for a benchmark to be carried out in September 2019 and a final report by end June 2021.
The consultant, agency or academic partner will be required to work with the programme team based in Bedford.

Interviews will be held between 1-9 August 2019
Please state your availability for interview in person or by skype in your Expression of Interest.

For full details and how to apply please download the job description.

Artist Commissions

Following the launch of our Queen’s Park Cultural Capital project, we are seeking proposals from artists with social engagement integral to their practice and with experience of working in the public realm in response to place.

Queen’s Park Cultural Capital is 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 of all ages will be invited to collaborate with artists on a series of artworks exploring cultural capital in today’s society.  It will culminate in a co-created festival in year two. The project will ask how development of cultural capital in a diverse community can contribute to greater connectedness, sense of place and belonging

Due to the embedded and durational nature of the project, we are particularly interested in artists living and working locally to Bedford or within a 30-mile radius of the town. In this first year we are appointing artists for two commissions - The Living Archive and The Community Blueprint.

To develop a new commission co-created with members of the Queen’s Park community in response to one of two themes:

• Creation of a living archive exploring connectivity in a multi-cultural community
• Creation of a community blueprint exploring what makes a community successful

The final commissions can take any form and will have collaboration and co-creation with community at their heart.

The commissions will be developed and delivered between September 2019 and March 2021. It is anticipated that the majority of the research and development of the works will take place in the first year of the project.

For more information, including budgets and how to apply, please down the full brief here.

Application deadline: Friday 5 July 2019 10am



Accountable to

Creative Producer

Status of post

Open to Applications

Artist Brief Equal Opportunities


The Bedford Creative Arts Board of Trustees is seeking enthusiastic and experienced professionals to join them to help develop and support our work.

Bedford Creative Arts creates transformative cultural experiences that directly engage with people from all walks of life. Working with artists and other cultural practitioners we deliver cultural programmes and commissions for diverse communities, in particular those who experience difficulty accessing mainstream cultural activities or otherwise feel isolated or excluded.

We need trustees who can bring innovative ideas and enthusiasm for our values of engage/include/inspire, as well as excellent judgement, to help us to achieve our objectives and take on future challenges.

We operate a rolling recruitment programme but are particularly looking for trustees with business or fundraising development skills and experience.

As one of our trustees you would have the opportunity to support a unique, passionate and driven charity, which has a transformative impact on the communities it works with.

Our Board sets the strategy for the organisation and delegates authority to the Chief Executive for all operational matters. The role is voluntary, with all reasonable expenses paid.

To be a trustee you must be able to attend a 2-hour board meeting in Bedford every 6 weeks, any extra hours or activities are at the discretion of each trustee.

This is both an exciting and challenging time for the Trust and individuals with these skills will boost the already impressive portfolio of talents represented on the Board.

If you think you have the qualities we are looking for contact
elainem@bedfordcreativearts.org.uk to arrange a chat.



Accountable to

Chair of Trustees


Reasonable expenses paid


Required to attend 2-hour board meeting in Bedford every 6 weeks

Job Description Person Specification Equal Opportunities

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