Inspired by the Mike Stubbs exhibition at BCA, this collaborative project brought together work by local women photographers and film makers. A cross section of women drivers agreed to participate and feature in the images, women driving ‘dream cars’, women using their driving skills in their working lives, women in a voluntary situation and women widening their domestic sphere through the use of the motor car.
Digitally printed images from the archive of the LAT Collection of Motorsport Magazine added an extra dimension to the exhibition. They illustrate how driving in the 1930s was almost exclusively an activity of the wealthy through to Formula One driving of the 1970s which was dependent on massive funding.
The project was launched as a festival featuring events such as a ‘Thirties Evening,’ and a ‘Tea Dance.’ Three years on and the project was still proving a success, continuing to introduce video and visual art, dance and drama, juggling and journalism and photography and poetry to older people in their social club, sheltered housing lounge or the nearest library.
A major crowdfunding campaign promoting the joy of music for children and families in Bedford has been launched, holding free live music gigs in all 54 primary schools in the borough. Gigs 4 Kids aims to inspire the 2327 Year 3 children in Bedford Borough to learn an instrument, by delivering a broad mix of
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
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