The Pilgrim’s Progress inspires artists of all ages to create 2D work

John Bunyan Museum art competition - winners with judge Alisdair Bright.

John Bunyan Museum art competition - winners with judge Alisdair Bright.

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More than 60 children and adults have taken part in an art competition organised by the John Bunyan Museum in Bedford.

Entries were judged in four age groups and children came from a number of different schools across the borough. The artists, young and old, were set the task of creating a piece of 2D art, inspired by John Bunyan’s own famous adventure story, The Pilgrim’s Progress. The museum asked entrants to see the different stages of a journey moving from bad to good, and some of the adventures on the way.

John Bunyan Museum art competition

John Bunyan Museum art competition

The Art Gallery and Centre in Howard Street, Bedford, supported the competition and donated prizes.

Local artist and illustrator Alasdair Bright, who had carried out the final judging, presented prizes to the winners at the museum on Monday, July 13.

The winning artists were then invited to see their work on display as part of the museum’s summer exhibition - Bunyan on a Plate - Illustrating The Pilgrim’s Progress, which runs until September 26.

The winners were: 3-7 years – 1st Prize: Joel Green (Manchester), 2nd Prize: Sidney Moch (St John Rigby School), 3rd Prize: Vanessa Pienkowska (St John Rigby School)

John Bunyan Museum art competition winners

John Bunyan Museum art competition winners

8-11 years – 1st Prize: Nicola Butnaru (St Joseph’s School), 2nd Prize: Gabriela Gainska (St Joseph’s School), 3rd Prize: Amelia Heap (St Joseph’s School), Highly Commended: Asia Motybel (St John Rigby School), Jasmine Southern (Beauchamp School)

12-17 years – 1st Prize: Emily Langford (Mark Rutherford School), 2nd Prize: Amin Hussain (Mark Rutherford School), 3rd Prize: Freya Bambridge (Mark Rutherford School), Highly Commended: Harrison Allman (Mark Rutherford School), Becky Browning (Mark Rutherford School), Alice Mortimer (Mark Rutherford School), Jan Pudlik (Mark Rutherford School)

18+ years - 1st Prize: Annabel Walker, 2nd Prize: Jackie Phillips

Nicola Sherhod, curator of the museum, said: “There is no doubt this competition has been a great success and has captured people’s imagination. As Alisdair told the children, parents and teachers, at the prize giving, the range and quality of the artwork submitted has been excellent.”

Bunyan on a Plate – Illustrating The Pilgrim’s Progress is open until September 26.

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

For more details contact the curator on 01234 270303, or email curator@bunyanmeeting.co.uk. Visit www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/museum