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We Are Bedford Is Dead, Long Live We Are Bedford! After the Oxjam Pop Up After After
 
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We Are Bedford Is Dead, Long Live We Are Bedford!

Facilitated by funding from the RSA and thanks the generosity of a huge number of volunteers and the help of local businesses, We Are Bedford has transformed numerous empty shops into arts spaces and brought together our creative communities into the bargain. Recognised on a national scale, the work of We Are Bedford has changed the cultural landscape of our town.

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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.

Pop Up Emporium Prepares to Open

Pop Up Emporium Prepares to Open

13 November 2011

We are returning to Castle Quay with a very special pop-up shop. Opening its doors on 19th November, the We Are Bedford Pop-Up Emporium will showcase the very best in Bedford’s crafters, makers, designers and musicians in time for Christmas. This weekend we blew out the cobwebs with a Ukulele workshop while we prepared the [...]

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Pop Up Shop – Call for Collaborators

09 October 2011

Are you a maker or crafter that would like to develop ways to sell your work? We will be opening a pop-up shop in Castle Quay in the run up to Christmas and we are looking for a dedicated group of crafters and makers to come on board. This is a development opportunity. We are [...]

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The Monsters Are Coming…

The Monsters Are Coming…

09 October 2011

Join us to create ‘Monsters of Bedford’ at The Drawing Room at 22 Castle Lane (formally known as the Bridal Boutique in Castle Quay) from 11am – 3pm on Saturday 22nd October 2011. As part of the Big Draw 2011, people of all ages are invited to join professional Bedford illustrators Katy Dynes, Alasdair Bright, [...]

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A Drawing a Day: A pop up exhibition by David Litchfield

A Drawing a Day: A pop up exhibition by David Litchfield

04 August 2011

Last year, illustrator David Litchfield decided he needed a challenge. So, on 1 July 2010 he embarked on a mission to create a drawing a day for an entire year. Each day, David posted a new drawing on his blog and Facebook and as word spread so did his following. Over the last 12 months, [...]

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Hidden Bedford

Hidden Bedford

15 July 2011

The first Hidden Bedford Event is part of Bedford Busking Festival, 23 – 24th July 2011. There will be all sorts of musicians and performers all over town, and of course Hidden Bedford will be there. We’ll be doing a QR Code Tour of Bedford’s Oldest Streets. The tour will take us on a short [...]

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Echo-location comes to Bedford!

Echo-location comes to Bedford!

15 July 2011

What does Bedford sound like? Is it the noise of traffic or the tranquil of leafy parks? You can find out by adding your sounds to a new sound map of Bedford. Commissioned by local organisation, Bedford Creative Arts, the sound mapping project is called Echo Location and has been made by artist and musician [...]

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Get Ready for Bedford Busking Festival!

Get Ready for Bedford Busking Festival!

13 July 2011

There’ll be music on the streets next weekend as Bedford hosts its first ever busking festival. The event hopes to launch Bedford as a busker friendly town on the 23rd & 24th July, showcasing some of our best local busking talent as part of the wider Bedfringe Festival. Work behind the Festival has been organised [...]

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RSA awards We Are Bedford Catalyst Fund

11 May 2011

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a £5K RSA Catalyst fund to build on the work we did at the Castle Quay Weekender. The Castle Quay Weekender transformed 7 empty shops into arts venues for one weekend in March attracting over 4ooo visitors. This next phase of funding has been awarded [...]

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The Bedford Busking Festival

11 May 2011

We are working to bring you the Bedford Busking Festival on the 23rd and 24th July as part of BedFringe. Make a note in your diaries and watch this space for more information!    

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Oh what a weekender that was!

Oh what a weekender that was!

07 April 2011

For two gloriously sunny days in March, the Castle Quay area fulfilled its claim to be the cultural quarter of Bedford. We Are Bedford – a veritable army of volunteers, crafters, musicians, photographers, poets, artists and makers – united to transform seven empty shops and the surrounding streets and parkland into a focal point of [...]

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