Celebrating Bedfordshire's Budding Artists!

Published on 17 July 2015

More than 60 children and adults took part in an art competition organised by the John Bunyan Museum, Bedford. Entries were judged in four age groups and children came from a number of different schools across the borough of Bedford. The artists, young and old, were set the task of creating a piece of 2D art, inspired by John Bunyan’s own famous adventure story, The Pilgrim’s Progress. Like Bunyan’s story, we wanted to see the different stages of a journey moving from bad to good, and some of the adventures on the way.

The Art Gallery & Centre, Howard Street, Bedford supported the competition and donated prizes.

On Monday 13th July, local artist and illustrator Alasdair Bright, who had carried out the final judging, presented prizes to the winners at the museum. The winning artists were then invited to see their work on display as part of the museum’s summer exhibition; “Bunyan on a Plate- Illustrating The Pilgrim’s Progress”, which is open until September 26th.

The winners were:     

3-7 years – 1st Prize: Joel Green (Manchester)*, 2nd Prize: Sidney Moch (St John Rigby School), 3rd Prize: Vanessa Pienkowska (St John Rigby School)











8-11 years – 1st Prize: Nicola Butnaru (St Joseph’s School), 2nd Prize: Gabriela Gainska (St Joseph’s School), 3rd Prize: Amelia Heap (St Joseph’s School), Highly Commended: Asia Motybel (St John Rigby School), Jasmine Southern (Beauchamp School)





12-17 years – 1st Prize: Emily Langford (Mark Rutherford School), 2nd Prize: Amin Hussain (Mark Rutherford School), 3rd Prize: Freya Bambridge (Mark Rutherford School), Highly Commended: Harrison Allman (Mark Rutherford School), Becky Browning (Mark Rutherford School), Alice Mortimer (Mark Rutherford School), Jan Pudlik (Mark Rutherford School)




18+ years - 1st Prize: Annabel Walker, 2nd Prize: Jackie Phillips





[*We were delighted that Joel and his family travelled from Manchester to collect his prize!] 

Nicola Sherhod Curator of the Museum said “there is no doubt this competition has been a great success and has captured people’s imagination. As Alisdair told the children, parents and teachers, at the prize giving, the range and quality of the artwork submitted has been excellent”. 

‘Bunyan on a Plate – Illustrating The Pilgrim’s Progress’ is open until 26th September.

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 curator@bunyanmeeting.co.uk            


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