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Ruth Hogan. Image: Ruth Hogan
Bedford's riverside landmarks provide the inspiration for novelist Ruth Hogan's latest book, The Phoenix Ballroom, which is launched this Thursday (27 June). Russell Park, the Suspension Bridge and the...
More than 100 pieces of artwork created by pupils from 40 schools across Bedford Borough are on display at an exhibition at the Higgins Bedford this summer. On the theme Together for Bedford, students...
DeadReckoning 2023. Image: Gurnoor-Singh
A nationally touring art installation that has been exhibited at Tate Modern and the British Museum comes to Bedford this month to honour asylum seekers who have lost their lives crossing the sea...
An exhibition celebrating the River Great Ouse in Bedford will open at the Basement @ Bunyan this week and will culminate in a showcase at the River Festival in July. After a year of artistic exploration and...
Africa The Land of Hope and Promise for Negro Peoples of the World by Bisa Butler (2020) Recreated by Peter Brathwaite Image Sam Baldock. Image: Getty Publications
This month sees the launch of a new exhibition in Bedford which began as a diversionary lockdown project in 2020 and can now be seen at Kensington Palace, the Bodeian Library in Oxford and now...
Cupid Delivering Psyche by Burne Jones. Image The Higgins Bedford
The Arts Society is a national and international network of societies, based in London which brings together people with a shared curiosity about the arts. Interests include artists and artistic...
Casey Stewart with the 'Tales of the City' anthology featuring her poem. Image: Casey Stewart
An emerging poet from Bedford has had her work published in a new anthology and been awarded 'highly commended' at MK Literary Festival. Casey Stewart, 18, entered 'flashbacks to libitas' in...
The St George Cross flying outside Borough Hall in Bedford to commemorate St George's Day 2022. Image: Bedford Borough Council
Every week I compile our regular ‘what’s on guide’ and every week I’m overwhelmed with the quality and breadth of events that take place in our little old town…
An Oakley businesswoman who recently published her first novel will be signing copies of Finding Clara at the Oakley Craft and Gift Fair in aid of Save the Children this Saturday. Lesley Anne Brown published...
Goldington Arts Ambassadors' Creative Arts Trail. Image: Goldington Academy/Katie Allen
A new creative arts trail, designed by Goldington Academy Arts Ambassadors, shines a spotlight on the wealth of places to discover and explore in Bedford this Easter. The Bedford Creative Trail is a...
Embroidered map of Ukraine. Image: Daria Bilan
This April, the Basement at Bunyan (Mill Street) will host an exhibition of Ukrainian embroidery, inspired by a woman who emigrated to the UK in 1966. The exhibition, which runs from 17 April - 11 May, has been curated by Daria Bilan in memory of...
Artist Jo Spyropoulos said she never expected to find herself living in Bedford, but when she did move here, she - like many others - was delighted to find a unique and vibrant creative community and...