Welcome to the Bedford River Project!
The Bedford River Project is a multi-disciplinary arts project, collaborating with diverse communities in Bedford to celebrate the river Great Ouse. As a black-led project, we are proud to be champions of our natural heritage and conservation. We hope to inspire people from all communities, to engage with the rewards and combating the challenges of our natural surroundings.

Artists, mostly from the local community, both emerging and established, have been commissioned to create work inspired by the river and run creative workshops with schools and community groups. Stories about the river are integral to the work of the artists.

Our natural heritage is a monument in time, that, touches all cultures. It belongs to all of us and is the responsibility of us all. This website and social media platforms will be updated to highlight different elements of the project. 


Sponsors and Partners

Pillars of the project

Commisioned Artists - Bedford driver Project

Commissioned Artists

Find out more about the artists, mostly from the local community, both emerging and established, commissioned to create work about the river.

Community-Engagement | Bedford River Project

Community Engagement

Intergenerational, art, storytelling & poetry workshops for multi-faith communities and mental health service users.

Schools | Bedford River Project


We have led workshops in 4 schools across Bedford and are creating a school resources pack for KS2 & KS3 in partnership with B&MK Waterways.

Press | Bedford River Project


Bedford River Project’s features in the news – including BBC, Bedford Independent and Bedford Today

Podcast | Bedford River Project


*Coming Soon

A podcast episode featuring the artists about their experience of the river and their work in process and journey creating their art

Anthology | Bedford River Project


Including artwork, photography and poetry produced by artists and competition winners.

Exhibition | Bedford River Project


Featuring work by commissioned artists and schools competition winners will be held in May 2024 at Basement @ Bunyan


River Festival

We will showcase some of our work and launch the Anthology at Bedford’s River Festival    20-21 July 2024.


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Bedford Academy - Bedford driver Project
Camestone School - Bedford driver Project