Bedford residents invited to Make and Share to enhance their wellbeing

Textile artist, Rebeckah Kemi Apara is taking part in Take Park Queens Park's Make & Share campaign

Bedford Creative Arts (BCA) is inviting residents to take part in half-an-hour crafting and making sessions to learn new skills and share their creations online.

Their Make and Share campaign is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and explores the positive impact that making can have on our wellbeing.

It’s part of BCA’s Take Part Queen’s Park arts project, which asked several artists and makers to demonstrate how they make something in short online tutorials.


Makers, including textile artist Rebeckah Kemi Apara and South Asian specialist cook, Misbah Mehmood, share their knowledge and skills in the short videos.

From making focaccia to embroidering your clothing, the series of videos can be seen here.

BCA is inviting local people to watch the tutorials, have a go and share their own creations online.

At the end of March, a final artwork will be created from the images by the community and displayed publicly in Queen’s Park to celebrate the power of making.

“Whatever your age you can get involved in Make & Share by taking 30 minutes to express yourself in a way that makes you feel happy,” said Elaine Midgley, director of Bedford Creative Arts.

“We’d love for you to share your finished work with us on our social channels and then we’ll include your photo in our final artwork.

“Whether you like to be in the kitchen cooking up something tasty, picking up a sewing needle to stich something fabulous or maybe just sitting down with a pencil and paper, taking time to express yourself creatively makes you feel good.

“Queen’s Park is an inspiration for Bedford and we’re excited to be working there over the summer to support local residents in delivering more creative projects – so watch this space for what comes next”.

You can share your work by uploading a photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag Bedford Creative Arts with #MakeNShare #bedfordcreativearts or send an email with your photo attached to

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