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Composed by Stephen Deazley and featuring renowned (and Bedfordshire local!) percussionist Joby Burgess, PUNKIT was commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts and developed in partnership with Love Music for young people. Its creation was driven by the vision to provide an entirely accessible experience that would inspire musical curiosity, teach new skills and broaden musical horizons… and knock Bedford’s socks off by making lots of noise. PUNKIT was designed to be a bold and explosive participatory music work for massed percussion and was performed by 93 Year 7 students from Harrold Priory Middle School on March 23rd 2016 to an audience of 200 people at the Bedford Corn Exchange.


Animating Environments at the BedPop Science Lab 2017

On 11 March 2017 the BedPop Science Lab hit Bedford town centre with a host of mind-blowing workshops, demonstrations and experiments. Bedford Creative Arts could be found at The Higgins Bedford with our science-inspired workshop, Animating Environments, led by artists Maria Anastassiou and Paul Nicholson. With thanks to the BedPop Science Lab and The Higgins Bedford.



Join us on as one of 40 audience members on 5 and 6 June 2017 in our quest to shape the future of our digital world. Dance company Pell Ensemble invites you into the world of EPOQ: a place where your data becomes a Lived Experience™… Booking now open!



Following on from our In Situ Cinema project on Chester and Carlisle Road in July 2016, we invited the residents of the two streets to join us and artist Maria Anastassiou as we returned to Queen’s Park, Bedford with two new and exciting filmmaking workshops. With the help of artist Maria, residents of Chester and Carlisle Road explored the use of cut-out collage stop-frame 2D animation techniques using both found and drawn images combined simple sound effects to create colourful worlds inspired by the place that they live. Over two weekends in November 2016, two films were made by nine enthusiastic children and young people. One film explores the wall separating Carlisle Road from the Allen Park, and the other on building a bug hotel on the unused green space on the corner of Chester and Carlisle Road.



Following on from our In Situ Cinema project on Chester and Carlisle Road in July 2016, we invited the residents of the two streets to join us and artist Maria Anastassiou as we returned to Queen’s Park, Bedford with two new and exciting filmmaking workshops.



In July 2016 a group of young residents living in Bedford’s Queen’s Park took to their local streets in a film-making project about the place where they live. Over a period of four weekends they worked with artists Julie Myers and Maria Anastassiou to explore their neighbourhood and create a magical and irreverent film about life on Chester and Carlisle Roads.


The Making of IN SITU Cinema

Over four weekends in July, residents of Chester and Carlisle Road in Queen’s Park, Bedford, joined artists Julie Myers and Maria Anastassiou for a series of film, animation and drawing workshops. These were held in a specially created outdoor filmmaking space, installed on the green at the corner of the two roads. All the local residents from each road were invited to stop by, chat to the artists about what it’s like to live in their part of Bedford and take part in the project, and the children jumped at the chance to make recordings, photos and films about what they liked and what they’d like to see change.



Step back in time to the post-punk scene of the mid 1980’s. Think Siouxsie Sioux, a DIY ethic, scratch video, protest, Thatcher. This is the backdrop…



How can our libraries adapt to changing times? The marketing machine of Formula 1 might not spring to mind but for artist Chris Dobrowolski it was the inspiration behind his new project Selfie Slot Car Championship. Created in early 2016 as part of the Library as Laboratory commission, this project was an experiment in making and marketing in our selfie-obsessed world.


Bedford Voices

In March 2015, just two months before the General Election, the town of Bedford saw ten of the its central commercial advertising billboards replaced with hard-hitting political cartoons.


BCA Fantasy Election Pledges


The Word Blind

‘The Word Blind’ attempts to address the plights of people with sight issues using their genuine gripes about every day occurrences, taking the speech melodies to make the music. Composer Roger Illingworth worked with the people of Sight Concern in a collaborative process to create a cathartic message about the little things that full sighted people take for granted.



We invited the people of Dunstable to dance with the wind, become part of a collective performance, and create the folklore of tomorrow.


Time Travellers Of Dunstable

Our Time Travellers of Dunstable commission explored the idea of ageing as a form of time travel in a unique new sound piece created by artist Julie Myers. Working with forty over 55s, Julie collected and recorded their memories and stories of the town, past and present, and their thoughts on the years ahead.



Do you walk past Bedford’s monuments and statues without a second glance on a daily basis? Do you know their meaning?



In 2013 the Office for National Statistics said Bedford was the unhappiest place in the country. In 2014 we proved it’s one of the happiest. Dan Thompson is a social artist, interested in making things happen as much as he is in making things.


The making of Concerto Magnificent: An Anthology of All Things

In 2012 Bedford Creative Arts worked with composer Johnny Parry, who brought together a big-hearted army of people to develop a cycle of songs, written and performed in collaboration with the public. Hundreds of local people were involved in contributing lyrics, before a new community choir was formed to rehearse and finally perform the songs.


Lace In Place

Inspired by the rich history of lacemaking in Bedford, Bedford Creative Arts, artist Arabel Rosillo de Blas and over one hundred Bedford volunteers created the commission Lace in Place.


Large Lace – A Choreography of People and Pattern

On Saturday 24th March artist Arabel Rosillo de Blas and 20 enthusiastic members of the public created lace on a scale never seen before. Working in the macro they became human pins and bobbins in an active afternoon that was part craft, part choreography; as one participant noted, like horizontal maypole dancing.