Join in with our Art Competition

26 Mar 2020

Back in September 2019, we launched our 3rd biennial Art Competition and over the past 6 months, 30 Bedford Borough schools have been participating in the competition and receiving some of our free artist workshops. The competition usually ends with a 2 month exhibition at the Higgins Bedford over the summer holidays. But with schools closing earlier than scheduled, and uncertainty around when they might reopen, we have taken the decision to postpone the main competition until further notice.

For now, we are turning our attention to a brand new online category and we are asking you (whether you are 4 or 94, whether you live in Bedford Borough or go to school or work here) to create a piece of art which for you, represents the fabric of Bedford. For inspiration, take a look at some of the pieces submitted already by local pupils, here and on our social media pages.

So, let’s spread some positivity and a bit of light relief during these tricky times. Use whatever you can find at home to create your piece. You can draw, paint, knit, sew or make a collage. Whatever you fancy, and whatever you have available. Take a picture and post it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or send it to us via email but remember to tell us your first name and your age (optional!).

If posting to social media, don’t forget to tag us in Twitter @TheHarpurTrust
Instagram @the_harpur_trust
Facebook @TheHarpurTrust

and use the hashtag #FabricOfBedford #HTArtComp2020 #HarpurTrust

Winning entries may be selected to feature in an exhibition at the Higgins Bedford at some point in the future.

COMPETITION THEME – The Fabric of Bedford

This year, the theme of our competition is ‘The Fabric of Bedford’. The Harpur Trust is part of the fabric of Bedford. We’ve been here in the town for over 450 years and as well as running our schools, we make grants to local charitable organisations and voluntary groups to the tune of £1 million each year. We also look after older people in the town through our almshouses and other accommodation. We would like to know what you think captures the heart of Bedford and makes our town unique? You might choose a particular organisation or an industry. You could portray a person or people you feel best represent our town. You might select a shop, café, library or sports club or charitable organisation that is special to you, or you may focus on the town’s buildings or bridges. You could explore community and diversity, or consider the history of the town and how it has evolved. Feel free to focus on one aspect of Bedford life, or if you prefer, produce a montage of all the things that you feel make Bedford the town that it is.


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