Last day to visit art exhibition celebrating Bedford’s migrants and refugees

An art installation at St Paul’s church which has been co-created with refugees and migrants ends tomorrow (Saturday 26 June).

MIDAIR was created as part of Refugee Week (22 -26  June) by Bedford Creative Arts (BCA) and the artist J. F. Jacques.

The hanging artwork aims is to engage with members of the local community who have been through migration to Bedford by sharing photographic memories of their past to present.

The MIDAIR installations is open tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am until 3pm and will run alongside ’Second Breath’ which has been created by Sergei and Maria, two Ukrainian artists who have come to Bedford through the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme.

Sergei and Maria specialise in interactive community-based art, and will be offering the chance for people to try different types of art including EBRU marble art.

Maria Tsymbal is a Ukrainian artist who has been running marbling workshops since arriving in Bedford

‘Second Breath’ is a celebration of all the good things which refugees experience, including the opportunity to heal and recover as they make their homes in a new and welcoming place.

From 7pm-9pm on Saturday, St Paul’s will also host an evening gala allowing the public to view the artwork and hear from the artists.

(photo: BCA)

Ukrainian students from the English Language course run by volunteers from St Paul’s will give presentations of their work ‘Our Home In Bedford’.

Poetry will be performed, keynote speeches, and some drinks and refreshments will be provided.

As well as these interactive exhibits, Bedford Girl’s School will provide a display of sculptures they have created. There will be other exhibits too, such as the ‘Human Hearts’ craftivism project.

A member of the public interacting with the MIDAIR exhibit (photo: BCA)

Fr. Luke Larner, Assistant Curate at St Paul’s commented “We are so excited to host this creative project in collaboration with BCA and other local groups. St. Paul’s Church has a long history of supporting refugees, and we continue to stand in that tradition of solidarity and welcome today.”

Elaine Midgley, BCA Director said: “In previous years BCA has helped programme various art activities for Refugee Week such as Asma by Theatre Témoin and Love From Syria by Roshi Nasehi.

“Love from Syria went on to be presented at the Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield. We also presented  “Red INK” by Wayward Thread, a dance performance at The Place Bedford, which completely sold out.

“Going forward, migration will continue to be one of our main programme themes, so this is an important event for us and we are pleased to be helping mark Refugee Week once again with our friends at St. Paul’s.”

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