Children’s prize-winning art exhibition offers imaginative views of ‘Future Bedford’

Visions of the future of Bedford as imagined by local school children are on display at the Higgins Bedford as part of the Harpur Trust’s bi-annual art competition.

The event is open to all local school children and young people aged between four and 18. To inspire the young creatives, four artists led workshops in the participating schools, encouraging them to explore new techniques and materials and to use their imaginations to portray a futuristic vision of our town.

An exhibition of the prize-winning works has been curated by the team at the Higgins Bedford and is on display in the Sir William Harpur Gallery until 4 September. Entry is free.

At the exhibition launch on 7 July, special guests included Deputy Lieutenant Liz Toogood, Mayor Dave Hodgson, Mohammad Yasin MP and Ammaar Shaikh (winner of the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Young Achiever award) alongside Harpur Trust CEO, David Steadman and chair of the Harpur Trust, Murray Stewart to award the prizes.

The judges described the entries as “highly imaginative”, and they had a difficult decision narrowing down their favourites.

In third place:
Sara, Livingstone Primary School – category one
Maya, Scott Primary School – category two
Charlotte, Mark Rutherford School – category three
Ewan, Grange Academy – category four

In second place:
Daniela, St James’ CE VA Primary School – category one
Petru, Castle Newnham Primary School – category two
Olivia, Mark Rutherford School – category three
Allen, Grange Academy – category four

In first place:
Nancy, Kymbrook Primary School- category one
Annabelle, Scott Primary School – category two
Louis, Mark Rutherford School – category three
Ashlee, Grange Academy – category four

The Harpur Trust Choice award went to Jessica from Edith Cavell Primary School.

“We are incredibly grateful to all the teachers and parents who supported these young artists to enter the competition, and who are here this evening sharing their success,” said Ciara Harper, communications manager at The Harpur Trust.

“It’s hard to imagine just how exciting it is to see your artwork on the walls of a gallery such as The Higgins Bedford, and the exhibition is open to everyone to visit until September 4 so come and see for yourself how ‘Future Bedford’ might look.”

The Higgins Bedford curatorial team selected the entries for the exhibition and will host the exhibition in the William Harpur gallery until 4 September 2022. Entry is free, ‘Future Bedford’ is family-friendly, and opening times are available from on the Higgins Bedford website.

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