Bedford Arts &Crafts Centre (BACC) was set-up in 2013 in response to a community need, and to ensure that those living in and around Bedford could access a dedicated Art &Craft Centre offering opportunities that may otherwise be lost to the community. The Centre is a place for people to learn a new skill or continue enhancing an existing skill in a wide range of arts and crafts subjects, in a relaxed, friendly and welcome setting.
A key focus for us is to facilitate well-being, friendship, independence and social inclusion. Our aim is to help individuals to stay healthier, live longer and increase a state of well-being. Each person is supported in a way that helps them reach their full potential. We are part of the community of Bedfordshire and actively encourage students to set-up and exhibit work to develop their own skills and to inspire others. Through continued support from BACC a number of our students have gone on to create their own micro business.
Feedback from learners:
Did you achieve what you wanted:
Yes. I didn’t know what to expect, and I wanted something which would stretch my creativity beyond the more skills-based drawing courses I have done so far. Fiona’s approach was just what I needed.
Yes, I just wanted to meet people and have fun.
I started Pottery again around ten years ago and come every Wednesday evening. The tutor is such an empowering teacher, always finding the positive, always pushing us to try new techniques and to think outside the box. She is so encouraging and welcoming and the other students are now my friends, we support each other and would be bereft if we couldn't keep coming. We're all so pleased when the holidays are over so we can get back to our class! The Centre is so much more than a place of learning it's a real community. We're really lucky to have this in Bedford and there's usually a waiting list to get on a course. Precious Earth Art Collective came out of the tutor’s vision for a way for students to highlight climate change through art and we've put on some great exhibitions locally. I feel that we are treated as individuals and also as an artist which is very affirming and has definitely given me confidence in my abilities.