Calling all lockdown creatives for forthcoming exhibition at the Quarry Theatre

Stevington Windmill
Stevington Windmill by James Pharaoh

The Quarry Theatre has put a call out to everyone who got creative during lockdown, to submit their art for a forthcoming exhibition.

Maybe you re-discovered your love of painting, learned to cross stitch, recorded some acapella performances over Zoom or took up origami.

If the answer is yes, and you’d like to share your talents with the rest of Bedford, then the Quarry Theatre’s James Pharaoh would love to hear from you.

“At the start of lockdown I did what everybody else did and cleared out the attic,” said James.

“Doing so, I stumbled across a watercolour painting I did of my university (Bretton Hall) back in 1997.

“I took a photo of it and posted to the Bretton Hall College Facebook group. After a few days it attracted over 200 likes and various requests for a print which inspired me to pick up the brushes and have a go at painting once again after a 23 year pause.

Beach by James Pharaoh
Beach by James Pharaoh

“Come August I had painted various photos from Facebook with many folks encouraging me to display them at the Quarry. Which inspired me to organise a Lockdown Exhibition as I was sure there would be many more people out there creating things whilst confined to their homes.”

Whether your professional or amateur, old or young, James and the Quarry Theatre team would love to hear from you.

To submit your work, email

The exhibition is scheduled to run from 16 October to 30 November with some public viewings planned during these dates.

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