Street art brings history alive on Bedford High Street

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Arcade Bedford College
Richard Lloyd of Bedford College, Martin Keys of Gallone's representing Bedford BID and the artist, Scarlett

A two-year project to create a piece of eye-catching art for an empty wall on Bedford High Street has been completed, with the artwork being installed this month.

It is above Coffee Republic on the side of the Edwardian Arcade, home of a host of unique and independent shops and businesses.

The piece, by Scarlett White, was commissioned by Padmanor Investments, the owners of the Arcade.

They approached Bedford College to commission something that would capture pedestrians’ attention from as far down the High Street as Town Bridge.

Fine art student, Scarlett, acknowledged that the final piece was a team effort between her fellow artists and lecturer Richard Lloyd and funding came from the Arcade’s owners, as well as contributions from Bedford BID and Bedford College.

Artist Scarlett White, with Bedford College art lecturer, Richard Lloyd (left) alongside Martin Keys representing Bedford BID.

The project was funded by the Edwardian Arcade owners with contributions made by BedfordBID and Bedford College.

“This was a great commission for our students, something which is designed to be on display for decades,” said Bedford College director of the arts, Toby Clark.

“In addition to the artistic inspirations they took from Bedford past, they had to tackle with 21st century technology with regard to the materials used to protect and position the artwork.”

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