Art Competition results and launch of gallery

Today, the Harpur Trust launched an exciting online gallery as part of the 450th Anniversary Art Competition.  The gallery contains every single one of the 1393 entries received from across 44 schools in the Borough of Bedford with children as young as 3 and 4 through to 18 taking part.  The theme of the competition was ‘Recording Bedford’ and the work on display here presents a wonderful snapshot of the town, its people, landmarks and  heritage across 450 years of the Trust’s history, all through the eyes of local children.

As part of the competition, the Trust commissioned 10 visiting artists to go out to local maintained schools to deliver a series of workshops with the children and in some cases, also with staff.  Bedfordshire and Luton Archives service also became involved in the project and went out to a number of schools to give talks on local history; inspiring children with stories of past crimes, witch-drownings and other historical events.

3 prizes have been offered across a number of categories, with 1st prize in each including £500 of art equipment for the school and £100 of art equipment for the pupil.  NADFAS were also excited to learn about the competition and offered some additional prizes in our sixth form category.

Alex Chinneck imageJudges included former Bedford Modern School pupil Alex Chinneck (pictured right) who is a renowned artist and designer producing stunning sculptures particularly in London.  Also on the team was Suresh Dutt, another local sculptor and former Harpur Trust grant recipient, Dawn Giles who is Chief Executive of &Co (Bedford Creative Arts), and Tom Perrett who heads up The Higgins Bedford museum and gallery where 137 o pieces have been selected for an exhibition in the Sir William Harpur Gallery this summer.

The Trust is now working on an art trail in an effort to publically display as much of the children’s work as possible over the school holidays.

Click here to see the prize winning entries.

Click here to see the full gallery of artwork including those selected for the Higgins exhibition.