Artists of all ages and abilities invited to take part in River Festival art project

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River Great Ouse. Image: Bedford Borough Council
River Great Ouse. Image: Bedford Borough Council

Amateur and professional artists of all ages are invited to take part in a new community art project, with the chance to have their work displayed at this summer’s River Festival.

The project, launched by Bedford Borough Council Events Team, is a chance for everyone to share their artwork of their favourite place in Bedford, celebrating historical landmarks to hidden gems, parks to shops, the river to the countryside.

Selected submissions will be displayed at a dedicated community gallery at the River Festival in Bedford on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July, on view to the quarter of a million visitors that the festival attracts.

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The theme of the project is “Favourite places in Bedford.” We want to celebrate the beauty and vibrancy of our town through the eyes of its residents. From historical landmarks to hidden gems, parks to shops, capture your favourite Bedford spot in a 2D piece of artwork.

How to participate

  • Create a 2D piece of artwork that reflects your favourite place in Bedford
  • Submit your artwork by Friday 17 June
  • Send scanned entries to events@bedford.gov.uk
  • Post physical entries to: Bedford Borough Council, Events Team, Room 401, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP (please be aware that Physical entries will not be returned, so scanned submissions are encouraged)

Councillor Andrea Spice, portfolio holder for economic growth, planning and prosperity said: “The Bedford River Festival is a much loved community event, and this new art project is a fantastic way to get our communities involved.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for residents to showcase their creativity and share their love for Bedford with the thousands of visitors who attend the festival.”

All accepted entries will be proudly displayed at the Bedford River Festival over the weekend, giving residents the chance to share their artistic vision with over 250,000 visitors.