Art society presents mural to hospitals charity

Bedford Art Society mural presentation - Kathy Wright and Jean Paterson present the picture to Nina Fraser, Director of Nursing, Bedford Hospital.
Bedford Art Society mural presentation - Kathy Wright and Jean Paterson present the picture to Nina Fraser, Director of Nursing, Bedford Hospital.

A collection of artwork has been presented to Bedford Hospitals Charity depicting the town’s riverside.

Members of Bedford’s Art Society worked together to produce the mural entitled Bedford and Its River, which is now hanging near the children’s and maternity department in the hospital.

The vibrant mural takes elements of Bedford’s heritage, architecture and community to create a piece of art that emulates the heart of the town.

Stephen Conroy, chief executive at Bedford Hospital, said: “Bedford Hospital’s Cygnet Wing now boasts a superb mural depicting familiar sights and landmarks from around the town thanks to the fantastic contribution from the Bedford Art Society. The mural is excellent, and captures the very essence of Bedford, depicting an eclectic mix of old and new mixed with traditional views of the river and local buildings.

“Receiving art work such as this not only brightens the environment for patients, visitors and staff, but confirms the unfaltering support for the hospital from the community it serves.”

The Bedford Art Society, known as the Bedford Art Circle from 1954 to 1975, has been in existence for over 50 years.

Jean Paterson, from the society, said: “This mural has been a way for the society to bring all of our artists together. We decided to undertake a group project to encourage more of our artists to get involved and the response was phenomenal. Over 20 of our members have contributed pieces to this mural, and we have thoroughly enjoyed creating it for Bedford Hospitals Charity.”

Artwork on the mural includes depictions of Bedford High Street, the iconic swans on the river, St Cuthberts, the Embankment, the River Festival, Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Queens Park, writer John Bunyan and Bedford market.