A new two-year art project is set to showcase the creative talents of those living in Queen’s Park, Bedford. bpha is working with Bedford Creative Arts and the The Higgins Bedford Museum as residents of all ages are invited to collaborate with local artists on a series of artworks that explore culture and cultural capital in today’s diverse society.

The project will begin with a research and development phase. Working closely with commissioned artists, local residents and community groups will be invited to co-create two new artworks. From the weaving and woodwork, to kathak and cooking, the Living Archive commission will seek to uncover, map and celebrate the creative skills and talents of the community’s residents.

We will invite people from diverse backgrounds to come together to collaborate and explore what makes a successful community. In year two the project will extend over the bridge into the Castle and Cauldwell areas of Bedford, to begin an inter-community exchange.

The project has been made possible thanks to £78,000 grant fundiing from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Harpur Trust. It will see Bedford Creative Arts build on the successful Clubhouse project, which ran on two streets in Queen’s Park from 2016 to 2018.

Kim Burrows, bpha’s Community Development Officer, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Bedford Creative Arts again. Residents really enjoyed being part of the last project and showcasing their lives in Bedford. The funding means that more bpha residents will be able to benefit from this wonderful opportunity.”

The project is set to run until April 2021. If you are a Queen’s Park resident or member of a local Queen’s Park community group, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch by emailing culturalcapital@bedfordcreativearts.org.uk, or speak to Kim Burrows, bpha Community Development Officer by calling 0330 100 0272.


Photography courtesy of Cat Lane ©