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After the Oxjam Pop Up – some reflections from Clare Sullivan.

What did we learn? … Keeping it simple is definitely a hugely valuable lesson. The simpler a concept is, the easier it is to communicate, and therefore the more likely people are to buy into it.

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After ‘Mail Art’, some reflections from Anne-Marie Stijelja

Giving back the keys to the shop at the end of the exhibition was difficult and a little sad, as it was the end of something so beautiful and so simple. I felt it brought so much enjoyment to people, while at the same time boosting my own confidence, leaving me with a warm feeling inside.

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After ‘The Drawing Room’, some reflections from the Circus of Illustration.

The room was a shop front, so passing pedestrians would stop, and have a good look at the hustle and bustle of the spectacle inside. Some were intrigued enough to join in and find out more, others took photos. The public seemed genuinely amused with what was happening.

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The Drawing Room comes to 24 Mill St Pop Up

The Drawing Room comes to 24 Mill St Pop Up

  The Circus of illustration invites you to become illustrators for the day and join us at  “The Drawing room ” 24 Mill St Pop Up on September 15th between 10 and 4.  We’ll be covering everything with doodles, creating a literal room of drawings and a room to draw in. The event is a [...]

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Mail Art: Bedford

Mail Art: Bedford

As part of the 24 Mill St Pop Up local artist and all round wonder-woman Anne Marie Stijelja will be curating the Mail Art: Bedford exhibition which will incorporate her own work alongside other travelling Mail Art shows. Anne Marie explains more here: “I will be curating an exhibition at the 24 Mill St Pop [...]

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The 24 Mill Street Pop Up, Pops Up!

The 24 Mill Street Pop Up, Pops Up!

We are back with another empty shop adventure. Working in partnership with Stimpsons Eves we are now the proud pop-up shop keepers of the 24 Mill Street Pop Up. As a result of our We Are Bedford Bursary we are working with a number of people and groups to schedule a range of events including [...]

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Would you like to run an empty shop project in Bedford?

Would you like to run an empty shop project in Bedford?

Last year we worked hard to transform some empty retail units in Bedford. We think we did a good job and we’d like to offer the opportunity to others to have a go. We are making small grants available to groups or individuals with the energy and passion to make creative use of the empty [...]

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Buy Bedford By Bedford: The Pop Up Emporium is here!

Buy Bedford By Bedford: The Pop Up Emporium is here!

Open until the 17th December the Pop Up Emporium is a shop stocked exclusively by Bedford made or designed goods. Entirely volunteer run we exist to showcase the very best of Bedford talent and to offer local makers, designers and creatives an route to market. We have transformed an empty retail space into a winter [...]

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Ukulele Workshops blow off the cobwebs of our empty shop….

Ukulele Workshops blow off the cobwebs of our empty shop….

This weekend we opened the door to our Pop Up Emporium for a series of ukulele workshops for families and grown ups. Ukulele tutor Sue Snell, author of the book ‘Uke and Sing’ taught 20 willing participants (who ranged in age from 2 to over 50) a range of simple songs to set them on [...]

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The Big Monster Draw

The Big Monster Draw

Approximately 200 people (and one dog) joined us on the 22nd Oct for our Monster ” Big Draw” event in our empty shop in Castle Quay Bedford. Seven Bedfordshire Illustrators were on hand to help artists of all ages develop their creatures through drawing, stitching, cutting and sticking and more. We were all blown away [...]

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