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In 2016 The Harpur Trust turned 450 years old and to celebrate, we launched an Art Competition for Bedford Borough Schools. We offered free workshops to state schools delivered by a team of visiting artists, and the competition resulted in a 2 month exhibition of children’s art work at The Higgins Bedford. The project was such a success that we now run the competition every other year.

In 2020, Covid-19 forced us to come up with a new way of exhibiting and so we are delighted to present our virtual exhibition.

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2019 / 2020 Competition See All Entries


Awards Evening

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The Exhibition for 2020 is now closed.

We will be announcing the details of the 2022 competition in the Summer Term of 2021 when schools will have an opportunity to once again sign up for our visiting artists programme.

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November 27, 2020

RT @TheHarpurTrust: We are wishing everyone a fabulous Friday! #lockdownart day 22 is by Daisy & Harry from @CastleNewnham. They have creat…

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November 27, 2020

We are wishing everyone a fabulous Friday! #lockdownart day 22 is by Daisy & Harry from @CastleNewnham. They have c… https://t.co/EuHEKlX71q

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November 26, 2020

Happy #lockdownart day 21! Oscar from @MVM_school has created this fabulous image of the rowers along Bedford's Riv… https://t.co/jpjwpAVfyN

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October 20, 2020

RT @TheHarpurTrust: Have you had a chance to check out our Art Exhibition yet? #HTArtComp2020

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October 14, 2020

RT @TheHarpurTrust: A massive shout out and thank you to all the schools who took part in our #HTArtComp2020. If you haven’t had a chance y…

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October 14, 2020

RT @TheHarpurTrust: A massive shout out and thank you to all the schools who took part in our #HTArtComp2020. If you haven’t had a chance y…

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October 09, 2020

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October 08, 2020

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October 07, 2020

RT @TheHarpurTrust: 1 sleep to go! We are so excited for our Virtual Awards Evening for the #HTArtComp2020 tomorrow evening at 6pm. Celebra…

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October 01, 2020

RT @TheHarpurTrust: 7 sleeps to go until our Awards Giving Evening for our Fabric of Bedford #HTArtComp2020. Follow us to find out more & w…

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