Art inspired by Bunyan’s story

Bunyan Inspired artists
Bunyan Inspired artists

Talented students inspired by Bunyan’s story launched their own exhibition of art in Bedford.

Bunyan Inspired is the theme for the display now on view at John Bunyan Museum, in Mill Street, a free exhibition running until October 1 and created by members of Colour My Future Art Group.

The group, run by Youth Inspired, a community interest company for young people and adults with autism, learning disabilities and mental health issues, gives the students structure and support, and the chance to socialise and meet people with similar problems.

The students visited John Bunyan Museum and Bunyan Meeting, and were inspired by the space, the collection, and the story of John Bunyan and his work.

At a launch held at the museum, some of the students spoke movingly about how the group had given them confidence and the ability to express themselves.

Curator Nicola Sherhod said: “It has been brilliant to have the opportunity of working with Youth Inspired and the Colour My Future students to create this exhibition. The students have worked hard, and created some really fantastic pieces of work. It is wonderful to see how they have all been inspired in different ways, and an honour to exhibit their work.”

The group members said: “We hope people find our work and story interesting and inspiring, and that they feel happy after visiting. We want people to think about the life of John Bunyan in more depth, and reconsider any preconceptions about mental health and learning disabilities. It doesn’t matter what issues you have, it doesn’t stop you from being creative, and the whole project has made each of us stronger.”

Children can also be inspired every Thursday in August with a fun programme of children’s craft activities, including making ‘Clay Creatures, ‘Monster Mobiles, ‘Fierce Figures, and ‘Museum Mosaics’.

‘Crafty Thursdays’ activities are on August 4, 11, 18 and 25, 11am - 3.30pm drop-in, £2 a child, ages 4 years +, accompanied.

The John Bunyan Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 4pm and admission is free.

The Colour My Future course has been funded by the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation’s Panacea Trust. Thanks also to support by Bedford Lions Club, and Rotary Club of Bedford.

For more details contact the Curator Nicola Sherhod on 01234 270303 or email curator@bunyanmeeting.co.uk

Visit www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/museum

For information on how to make a donation to Youth Inspired or even sponsor a learner, contact 01234 480980 or email admin@youthinspired.org.uk

If you would like to attend an art course yourself call Sophie on 01234 480980

Visit www.youthinspired.org.uk