Calling Bedfordshire's Budding Artists!

Published on 18 February 2015

John Bunyan Museum & Library is launching an art competition for all children and adults from 3 years to 103!

We are asking you to create a piece of 2D art, inspired by John Bunyan’s own famous adventure story The Pilgrim’s Progress. Like Bunyan’s story, we want to see the different stages of a journey moving from bad to good, and some of the adventures on the way. This free competition is open to children and adults, and prizes will be awarded in four groups; aged 3-7, 8-11 and 12-17, and 18+.

Local artist and illustrator Alasdair Bright whose work, often aimed at young people, includes book illustration, advertising, and the recent signs in the Castle Quarter area, is the senior judge, and will make the presentation to winners in June. There will also be a display of the winning entries during the summer.

Curator, Nicola Sherhod said,

“After last year’s short-story competition success with 200 entries, we are really excited about running an art themed one this year. Bunyan’s life and works have inspired artistic creativity for hundreds of years, and the museum strives to nurture and encourage this. We are so pleased that local people like Alasdair Bright, and The Art Centre & Gallery are supporting this competition. It just shows how important this story still is in Bedfordshire today.”


Full details and entry forms are available online:, from the John Bunyan Museum shop, Mill Street, Bedford, or The Art Centre & Gallery, Howard Street. Posters and entry forms were sent to all Bedford Borough schools at the end of February.

Closing date for all entries is Friday 22nd May 2015. Don’t leave it too late; get your entries in soon!

The John Bunyan Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm and admission is free.

For more details contact the Curator Nicola Sherhod on 01234 270303

or email   

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