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Airship Dreams: Escaping Gravity (10 July - 28 Nov)

Friday 1 October 2021


Event in Bedford Town Centre

10 July–28 November 2021, Sir William Harpur Gallery – Free Entry

10 July 2021-20 March 2022, Connections Gallery – Free Entry

Bedford Creative Arts, The Higgins Bedford, the Airship Heritage Trust and artist Mike Stubbs, have joined forces to launch this two-fold exhibition which celebrates Bedford’s airship heritage. It brings together innovative digital contemporary art and exciting new community sourced displays, presenting the pioneering vision of airship development over the decades.

In Sir William Harpur Gallery, Mike Stubbs’ contemporary new media installation invites the viewer on a spectacular journey – weaving material generated in Unreal games software, immersive audio composition, choir, archive film, and interactive sculptural elements.

Alongside it in the Connections Gallery, and curated in partnership with the local community, visitors will discover community treasures, oral histories, artefacts, screened digital materials, animation, graphic design and young people’s responses to the themes.

Supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, Bedford College, Harpur Trust and Airship Heritage Trust.

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