Bedford’s youngest artists celebrated at tonight’s Harpur Trust Virtual Art Competition Awards

Harpur Trust art competition
by Felicity at Edith Cavell Primary

Bedford schoolchildren’s perspective of Bedford is in the frame this evening, at a virtual awards ceremony marking the end of this year’s Harpur Trust Schools’ Art Competition.

From 6pm tonight (Thursday), the awards will be streamed on the Harpur Trust website and on Facebook.

This evening, the organisers will also announce a link to the virtual exhibition of all the entries.

The local charity launched its third competition last Summer, with the theme ‘The Fabric of Bedford’.

The competition was open to all schools across the borough and 31 primary and secondary schools signed up for free workshops with the Trust’s team of Visiting Artists.

With the deadline for submission just days after lockdown, many schools went the extra mile to get their work in.

However, the restrictions over the summer meant the exhibition at the Higgins Bedford had to be cancelled.

Sarah Elam, who manages the Trust’s community events programmes explained, “With all the challenges presented by Covid this year, we were determined that the pupils who have participated in the competition would still get to see their work displayed and receive the accolade they deserve.

“So whilst we haven’t been able to offer our usual exhibition at the Higgins, the great advantage in going online is that pupils’ work can be shared far and wide with friends and family.

“The awards event is being filmed in a way that really embraces and reflects the world of virtual reality and I am so excited by the creativity that has emerged out of necessity.

“Whilst aimed at the pupils, I know it will be an enjoyable and entertaining event for everyone watching.”

The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, The High Sheriff and the Mayor are just some of the special guests who will be presenting the prizes during the 30 minute event.

The Art Competition takes place every two years and has involved 52 schools since it began in 2016 as part of the charity’s 450th anniversary celebrations.

In addition to running the visiting artist workshop programme, the Trust also funds workshops for teachers delivered by local artists and providing a range of techniques and ideas using store cupboard and foraged materials.

Tune in to on the night, or watch live on Facebook.

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