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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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Opinion: Which tribe are you?

As Grayson Perry has observed, “most people want to fit in with their tribe in some way or another, so they give off signals, whether it’s with their clothes, their behavior, their car, their whatever, and gain status . . . and the signals are an unconscious display of who you are and where you

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PRESS RELEASE: Imperial Airship Dreams at Bedford Central Library

Bedford Central Library, in partnership with Bedford Creative Arts, are pleased to announce they have received a project grant from Arts Council England for a new participatory digital making project that explores Bedford’s long association with airships and technology.  During the May half-term, visitors to the library will be invited to work with artists Mike

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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

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BCA delivered project is shortlisted for Creative Learning Guild Award

We are delighted to announce that the Creativity for Wellbeing Culture Club project, which BCA delivered with our partner Peter Pan Teaching School Alliance (PPTSA), has been shortlisted for the Primary School Achievement award by the Creative Learning Guild. The project sought to test the premise that cultural engagement has a positive impact on the

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BCA receives award nomination for Culture Challenge

Bedford Creative Arts has been nominated for the national Cultural Charity Award from the Creative Learning Guild for The Culture Challenge.  The Creative Learning Guild launched this new award to “celebrate the inspirational innovators, educators and practitioners who live and breathe creative learning”. The Cultural Charity Award is about recognising the difference a single charity

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The BACE Twinning project readies for launch!

  Using the metaphor of ‘twin towns’ the Bedford Arts and Cultural Education (BACE) group are launching an innovative and collaborative leadership initiative that bridges the two sectors of arts and education, for the collective good of Bedford’s children and young people. The Twinning project addresses the current challenges around educational participation and engagement in

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BCA Welcomes New Director Elaine Midgley!

BCA is delighted to announce it has appointed a new Director, Elaine Midgley, to the BCA team. Elaine comes to Bedford after ten years in Cambridge, most recently as Business Development Director for Cambridge Live and previously, Arts and Events Manager for Cambridge City Council.  Elaine joins BCA with a mission to boost growth and development and build

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Press release: Bedford Music In Detention Closes After Five Years

Contemporary arts charity, Bedford Creative Arts (BCA), and national charity, Music In Detention, have announced the end of their music programme ‘Bedford Music In Detention’ at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) due to an end in financial funding from public service provider Serco.  This brings to an end ten years of helping women and children cope with the ordeal of

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