What’s On Highlights

At the Higgins Bedford:

There’s plenty to see, do and take part in at the Higgins Bedford this month…

The Harpur Trust Schools Art Competition  – My Happy Place
16 June – 26 August 2018
This summer enjoy an exhibition of colourful and dreamlike work by Bedford’s school children. The Harpur Trust commissioned a team of artists to work with 30 borough schools, exploring themes of wellbeing and mindfulness to produce a series of uplifting artworks. The exhibition is free to visit.

The Higgins Bedford at Bedford River Festival (14 & 15 July)
If the hustle and bustle of the River Festival becomes too much, The Higgins Bedford will have some chill out space and wellbeing activities to enjoy. It’s a great place to retreat from the crowds, noise and weather – sunshine or showers! Extended opening hours on Sunday (11am – 5pm) will make it even easier to visit.
Higginsbedford.org.uk                          

 
Voices: Different Pasts, Shared Futures
Voices: Different Pasts, Shared Future began in 2016 when The Higgins Bedford team, working in partnership with Bedford Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support, collected objects and stories from refugees, asylum seekers and migrants now settled in Bedford. These objects became conduits for stories that highlighted the journeys made and difficulties faced by displaced people.

Throughout the spring and summer of 2018 Voices: Different Pasts, Shared Future has been on tour to community centres and schools. School children have been participating in workshops that focus on raising awareness of displacement and refugee journeys. With the question “What if you had to leave home without time to collect your favourite belongings?’ in mind the children have created objects out of wire. The words and thoughts of the children, and each new wire sculpture becomes part of the touring exhibition.

Voices: Different Pasts, Shared Future is currently on tour to community centres, schools and places of worship.
For further information about where to see the exhibition: Higginsbedford.org.uk

Summer Holiday activities at the Higgins Bedford:
11am, 12.30pm, 2pm
Entry will cost £2.70 per child
Entry for accompanying adults is free
Suitable for children aged 5 and above

On Wednesdays throughout the summer hols, enjoy a range of activities and explore The Higgins Bedford this summer with Kevin the Platypus who has been part of the museum’s history since the Victorian times.

Wednesday 25th July – Burges Bedrooms
Inspired by the William Burges furniture on display, design and create a model of a fantasy bedroom.
 
*Places can be booked in advance. To book, please purchase a ticket at The Higgins Bedford reception desk. We are not yet able to take bookings over the phone or online. Unfilled places will be offered on a first-come, first served basis on the day.

STEM Summer Activities at the Higgins Bedford
Entry will cost £5 per child
Entry for accompanying adults is free
Suitable for children aged 5 and above

The Higgins Bedford along with popular local providers will host spectacular STEM themed family activities every Friday. Experience animal encounters, become mini map makers and little scientists in the labs this summer.
 
For more information visit thehigginsbedford.org.uk
* To avoid disappointment, we recommend booking in advance. To book, please purchase a ticket at The Higgins Bedford reception desk. They are unable to take bookings over the phone or online. Unfilled places will be offered on a first-come, first served basis on the day.

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Bedford Skeptics in the Pub
Unholier than Thou:
The Non-Believing Religious Studies Teacher
7.30pm on Thursday 19 July

North End Social Club, 60 Roff Avenue, MK41 7TW

Having previously performed to rapturous crowds at Bedford Skeptics in the Pub last year, Kevin Precious returns once more, honing his efforts in preparation for an Edinburgh Festival run. His Humanist perspective and stories of teaching RE as a non-believer are right on target for a Skeptical audience.

Expect jokes and stories about teaching Religious Studies, being a Humanist, the God-Shaped Hole, little bits –

here and there – relating to the Philosophy of Religion, and – ultimately – a suggestion that a secular approach to teaching the subject is the way forward.

For more information: bedford.skepticsinthepub.org

 

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Singalong at St Pauls
10am on Wednesday 11 July 2018
St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Sq, BEDFORD MK40 1SQ

Looking for somewhere to entertain your toddler? Head to St Paul’s Church for playtime with songs and story-telling in the safe surroundings of this iconic town centre church.  Free.
Further details: 01234 266839 tpaulschurchbedford.org.uk

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Inspiring creativity at John Bunyan Museum and Basement @ Bunyan
10 July – 6 October

“Bunyan Inspired 2” is a free exhibition of artwork created by students from Youth Inspired using different artistic techniques and inspired by objects from John Bunyan Museum & Library’s collection, and the buildings of Bunyan Meeting.

Youth Inspired is a Community Interest Company for young people and adults with autism, learning disabilities, and mental health issues.

Summer holiday activities at the John Bunyan Museum:
Children can be inspired every Thursday in August 11-3.30pm with a fun programme of children’s craft activities and Wednesdays 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th August 10-12 they can have a go at some of the creative techniques on display in the exhibition.

John Bunyan Museum and Basement @ Bunyan are open Tuesday to Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm and admission is free.
John Bunyan Museum & Library, Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU
01234 270303 curator@bunyanmeeting.co.uk    bunyanmeeting.co.uk/museum

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NOHAT: Woman Shall Inherit the Earth
12 July – 26 August at the Panacea Museum

Bang! Here’s the apocalypse… or was it a slow steady decline… or revelatory rebirth?

Twenty eight female artists from Bedford to Syria, New York to Ukraine present their visions of Apocalypse, Utopia and Dystopia in this year’s NOHAT group exhibition.

Ranging from the deeply personal to the universal, topics as diverse as environmental destruction, ageing, consumerism, war, genetics, religion and spirituality, will be addressed. But be prepared to be surprised at what you find in these female imaginings of what the apocalypse may bring.

Painting, sculpture, installation, video, photography, textiles, will all be represented as well as specially created performances that will take place at various times during the exhibition.

NOHAT was founded by curators Sophie Atkins and Ana Ortega, born out of a frustration that the work of women artists remains under-represented by the art establishment, unseen and unrecognised, and out of a deep desire to bring about a change, our own vision of a utopian art world, free from sexism and racism.

Opening will be 12th July 6pm-9pm at The Panacea Museum, 9 Newnham Road, Bedford MK40 3NX panaceamuseum.org
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