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Airship R101

Airship Dreams: Escaping Gravity

10 July–28 November 2021, Sir William Harpur Gallery – Free Entry

10 July 2021-20 March 2022, Connections Gallery – Free Entry


Bedford Creative Arts, The Higgins Bedford, the Airship Heritage Trust and artist Mike Stubbs, have joined forces to launch this two-fold exhibition which celebrates Bedford’s airship heritage.


In Sir William Harpur Gallery, a part audio-visual installation and sometimes performance, Mike Stubbs’ contemporary new media artwork invites the viewer on a spectacular journey - weaving material generated in Unreal games software, immersive audio composition, choir, archive film, and interactive sculptural elements.


Alongside it in Connections Gallery, and curated in partnership with the local community, visitors will discover community treasures, oral histories, artefacts, screened digital materials, animation, graphic design and young people’s responses to the themes.


Find out more here.


Image: Airship R101 in Flight, 1929 © The Higgins Bedford


Bedford Regatta

Going to Town – 200 Years of Bedford’s Art

10 July 2021 – 20 March 2022

Wixamtree Gallery – Free Entry


Discover the beauty of Bedford and the surrounding area in this exhibition celebrating artist’s views of the town and the River Great Ouse. Some forty watercolours, oils and prints from the past two centuries will be on display, including works by JMW Turner, Dora Carrington, Thomas Fisher and Stanley Orchart. The exhibition will highlight what artists have found fascinating about our town.