Harpur Trust 450th Anniversary Art Competition

Published on 29 June 2015

Children who are resident in Bedford Borough are invited to take part in an exciting new art competition – The Harpur Trust 450th Anniversary Art Competition which will take place over the 2015/2016 academic year.

The Harpur Trust have developed this competition to celebrate their 450th anniversary. Throughout their history, they have been inspiring and supporting people within the Borough of Bedford, using the legacy of founder Sir William Harpur to provide and promote education, to provide relief and help to those who are sick, in hardship or distress, and to provide recreational facilities with a social welfare purpose.

Above all, they want everyone to have pride in their community and to be given opportunities to realise their own potential. As such, they are delighted to offer this competition which hopefully will inspire local children to explore their artistic talent, and to encourage them to engage in a project which could result in their work being displayed to the general public in an exhibition at the Higgins Gallery in the Summer of 2016.


The competition is open to all 7-16 year olds who can enter individually or through their school. The age categories are as follows:

  • Category 1 Ages 7-11 Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Category 2 Ages 11-14 Years 7, 8 and 9
  • Category 3 Ages 14-16 Years 10 and 11
  • Category 4 Age 16-18 Years 12 and 13

Competition Theme 

he theme of the competition is ‘Recording Bedford’ and entrants are required to create an imaginative artwork which reflects an aspect of Bedford or Bedford life at some point during the Harpur Trust’s 450 year existence. Entrants may wish to look at the life of Sir William Harpur, focus on particular moments in time during the Trust’s history, portray well-known individuals connected to the Trust or other famous Bedfordians, look at buildings and architectural features associated with the Trust, or other well-known Bedford landmarks. You may also like to research and focus on projects the Trust has funded in recent years. We recommend that you take a look at the online competition resources pack where there is further information on the Trust and its history. 


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