Bunyan’s famous story of The Pilgrim’s Progress to inspire artists of all ages

Nicola Sherhod, curator at John Bunyan Museum, launches art competition with judge Alasdair Bright.
Nicola Sherhod, curator at John Bunyan Museum, launches art competition with judge Alasdair Bright.

An art competition for people of all ages is being launched by the John Bunyan Museum and Library.

The museum is asking artists to create a piece of 2D art, inspired by John Bunyan’s own famous adventure story The Pilgrim’s Progress.

Curator Nicola Sherhod said: “Like Bunyan’s story, we want to see the different stages of a journey moving from bad to good, and some of the adventures on the way.”

This free competition is open to children and adults, and prizes will be awarded in four groups; aged 3-7, 8-11 and 12-17, and 18+.

Local artist and illustrator Alasdair Bright whose work, often aimed at young people, includes book illustration, advertising, and the recent signs in the Castle Quarter area, is the senior judge, and will make the presentation to winners in June. There will also be a display of the winning entries during the summer.

Nicola added: “After last year’s short-story competition success with 200 entries, we are really excited about running an art themed one this year. Bunyan’s life and works have inspired artistic creativity for hundreds of years, and the museum strives to nurture and encourage this. We are so

pleased that local people like Alasdair Bright, and The Art Centre & Gallery are supporting this competition. It just shows how important this story still is in Bedfordshire today.”

Full details and entry forms are available online: www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/museum, from the John Bunyan Museum shop, Mill Street, Bedford, or The Art Centre & Gallery, Howard Street.

Posters and entry forms are being sent to all Bedford Borough schools.

Closing date for all entries is Friday, May 22, 2015.

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

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

Historical note

>> John Bunyan Museum tells the story of the Bedford man who wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress, one of the greatest novels in the English language. During his remarkable life Bunyan was a soldier, tinker, preacher and dissenter. He spent 12 years in Bedford prison for illegal preaching and it was here that he wrote his masterpiece.