Children are being given the opportunity to have their artwork showcased in an exhibition as part of celebrations to mark the Harpur Trust’s 450th birthday.
Youngsters at schools across Bedford Borough are being invited to enter their work into a celebratory art competition during the coming academic year.
Chief executive of the Harpur Trust, David Russell, said: “Throughout our history, we have been inspiring and supporting children within the Borough of Bedford, using the legacy of our founder Sir William Harpur to provide and promote education. We have long been supporting local maintained schools through our grants programme, but what is most exciting about this project is that it is aimed directly at the children themselves. Our visiting artist scheme will enable children to meet and benefit from the expertise of professional working artists, as well as enabling them to learn about different art techniques.”
The competition is open to children aged seven to 18 years old and aims to inspire young people to explore their artistic talent, which could result in their work being displayed at The Higgins Bedford in the prestigious William Harpur Gallery.
To support participating schools, a team of visiting artists will visit students to lead practical workshops based on the competition’s theme - Recording Bedford.
There are 12 prizes up for grabs for winning artists and finalists and the chance for schools to win up to £500 worth of art equipment and a trip to The Higgins and Bunyan Museum.
Tom Perrett, from The Higgins, said: “We are delighted to be a partner organisation in this exciting project and look forward to hosting the exhibition next summer, showcasing the excellent work produced by pupils from schools across Bedford Borough.”
As well as the two month exhibition at The Higgins Bedford, the Harpur Trust is in discussion with a number of other public venues throughout the town with the aim that as many entries will be on display to the public as possible.