For our spring programme we are inviting you to explore and make new folklores with us.
We will have singing, psychic experiments, concerts, knitting, reading, more singing, mini golf, and a variety show!
Towards a complete history of M!MS (Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity)
A series of filmed re-enactments; events and performances exploring the creative work and legacy of this artistic movement, founded by artist Andy Holden with Bedford school-friends in 2003. Part nostalgia, part invention and part philosophical exploration of truth and sincerity, expect lively, quirky music, eccentric performances and fun pop up exhibitions and film.
The first event will be Brave Soldier 10 year Reunion Concert, Friday 19th April 8pm, Studio Club, Alexandra Road. Cost £2.00.
Bedford Arts Choir
Our unique music group for people of all abilities, performing specially commissioned works by local composers and arrangers. Founded last year for Johnny Parry’s Concerto Magnificent: An Anthology of All Things, the choir is following up two sell-out performances of this spectacular new work by continuing to seek out, rehearse and perform new and innovative music.
To get involved come along on Tuesday nights to St Cuthbert’s hall, Newnham Street Bedford, 7.30 -9.30pm , or join our free Intune vocal workshops Two workshops exploring different uses of the voice from classical to contemporary, through jazz, world music and pop, with Aga Serugo-Lugo. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a trained singer, the focus is on exploration, inclusivity and the accessibility of music. It’s a great opportunity to meet the Bedford Arts Choir and get a taste for what we do. Feel free to come to one or both sessions. Saturday 20th April 10am-1pm & 2-4pm, Bunyan Meeting, Bedford.
We Are Now – Let’s create the legend of tomorrow
For our summer commission we are working with French born and Liverpool based artist Laurence Payot, in the Central Bedfordshire town of Dunstable. Starting this spring, Laurence will explore the town and surrounding landscape with you, the people who live and use it. Laurence will be in Dunstable from 11th -14thApril with a team of artists on a quest to find and create stories for a new folkloric tradition for Dunstable.
Ailie Rutherford will get you involved in a psychic experiment, using the idea that the wind is a transporter of collective thoughts. Her DIY helmets will help you to create automatic drawings by ‘catching’ the wind; what does the wind look like, and what stories is it carrying? Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th April all day outside the Chilterns Gateway Centre Dunstable Downs.
Liz Wright is the winner of our spring mini commission. We will be reclaiming our public monuments and places, personalising and decorating them with your handmade knitted creations.
learn to knit with us!
We will be holding 4 free knitting workshops with wool and needles provided, The workshops will take place at Fancy, Roff Ave. Contact us to find out times and book your place. The results of these workshops will be used to yarn bomb Bedford, on World Yarn Bombing Day, Saturday 8th June.
Please keep your eyes and ears open, we will be posting the details of all these events and more in the next few weeks.