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This summer at The Higgins

*Artist-led workshops
*Create-your-own exhibition
*Creative family activities
*Meet local and national authors


It all begins on 5th July 2014 when The Higgins Bedford will be a buzzing hive of creative fun. The art gallery and museum is host to the first Bedford Children’s Book Festival. The day will be packed with activities for children, all focused around books, reading and a love of the written word. There will be book readings from local and national authors, books signings and illustration workshops.


The 5th July also sees local artist and illustrator, David Litchfield, making a start on The Higgins Bedford’s new exhibition, Imagined Cities. Inspired by the theme of cities in the exhibition programme, the gallery will be transformed as an imagined cityscape appears on walls and plinths throughout the space. The exhibition runs from 5th July – 14th September so there will be plenty of time for the artwork to grow and develop throughout the summer.


There will be another opportunity to join David at a creative workshop at The Higgins Bedford on 20th August. Monster Metropolis is a 2 hour workshop for children aged 8+. This is just one of many activities for children and families at the art gallery and museum, where there will be activities throughout July and August. These include the chance to make your very own Routemaster Bus, A Space-Helmet and Egyptian Headdresses. Utopia Creative Arts will be at The Higgins Bedford on Friday 1st August for Showtime, a 2 hour workshop where children aged 8+ will have the chance to make their own amazing carnival masks.

Details of events:


Imagined Cities
Connections Gallery – Entry Free
Saturday 5th July – Sunday 14th September

We’re turning the Connections Gallery into a giant artwork – with your help! Inspired by the theme of cities in our exhibitions programme, we want you to create an imaginary cityscape across the gallery walls. Illustrator David Litchfield (The Beano, the Daily Telegraph, Anorak Magazine) will start things off and the artwork will grow and develop over the summer with your contributions.


Great Creates: Artist-led Workshops

11am – 1pm or 2 – 4pm
Suitable for children aged 8+
£6 per child
Booking is essential for these 2 hour workshops.


Friday 1st August
Make amazing carnival masks with Utopia Creative Arts


Wednesday 20th August
Monster Metropolis
Create fantastical drawings of future cities with amazing illustrator, David Litchfield.

Holiday Activities

Family Join-in Sessions

These creative activities take about one hour.
Sessions start at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm and run on a first come, first served basis.
Last admission is ¾ hour before the end of the session.
Suitable for ages 3+. All children to be accompanied by an adult.
£2.20 per participating child.


Tuesday 29th July
Cézanne, Gauguin, Gone!
Time flies making a clock inspired by French painters!


Wednesday 30th July
Re-Fashion Paris
Create French fashion clothing of the future.


Tuesday 5th August
Make mini mosaic coasters.


Wednesday 6th August
Pharaoh Style
Make Egyptian headdresses and jewellery.


Friday 8th August
Potty Gods
Make clay pots and finger-puppets inspired by ancient Cyprus.


Tuesday 12th August
Hold Very Tight!
Make a model Routemaster Bus.


Wednesday 13th August
Create your own London game.


Friday 15th August
Midnight Capital
Help create a vision of London at night in our Foyer window.


Tuesday 19th August
Design and make a space helmet so that you can ‘Boldly Go…’


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