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Biggleswade Community Engagement Day: Tuesday 16th June 2015 | update

Thanks to everyone who made it along to our event on Tuesday 16th June 2015 at the Market Square, in Biggleswade.  We were delighted to speak with over fifty people on the day; many of whom kindly agreed to spread the word about the ‘Art in King’s Reach’ project.  Artists Martin Heron and David Appleyard enjoyed a full day of lively discussion, interesting insights and useful advice; taking this opportunity to share their concepts for artworks at the King’s Reach development.

Below are just a few photos from the day…


Biggleswade Community Engagement Day

Biggleswade Community Engagement Day: Tuesday 16th June 2015 | 09.30am – 3.00pm

Venue: White Hart Car Park, Market Square, Biggleswade

There will be an opportunity to meet two of our three appointed artists Martin Heron (pictured left) and David Appleyard (pictured right) on Tuesday 16th June 2015 at the Market Square, in Biggleswade.

Both artists are looking forward to sharing their concepts for artworks at the King’s Reach development and there will be further opportunities to get involved in the creative process!

And if you’ve ever fancied breaking a Guinness World Record then this may be an opportunity to do so – visit our stall to find out more on the day!

Local students enjoy creative arts workshops with artist Wendy Briggs

Students from St. Andrew’s School recently took part in a day of creative workshops with artist Wendy Briggs.  This popular event attracted over eighty students and was held at St. Andrew’s School on Monday 15th April 2015.  During the day, pupils had the opportunity to learn more about Wendy’s proposed artworks for the new King’s Reach housing development, in Biggleswade.  Here the artist will be working on a range of exciting treatments for the new community building and open spaces adjacent to the school.

The main theme for Wendy’s work is the concept of “growing communities”. Working with this concept of growth, pupils created cut-out silhouettes of various British trees. Using coloured tissue paper, they then made a bright background that was laminated onto a clear acrylic sheet; using a dilute PVA glue to make it transparent.  After attaching their ‘tree designs’ to this bright background a frame was then attached.  This created a stained-glass window effect with multiple vignettes.  Once all the ‘stained glass window’ had been photographed by the artist the artwork was returned to the school to keep as a memento of the day.

Below are just a few photos from the day…


Further images will be added to our Tumblr pages soon (click here).

Martin Heron strikes gold

On behalf of the artist, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed their thoughts and wax treasures to Martin Heron’s public art project for King’s Reach.  The standard of artworks has been exceptional!  To see more examples of these amazing artefacts, visit the following link [here].

Local treasures found

Artist Martin Heron would like to extend his thanks to local residents who have already returned their treasure boxes.  We understand from Martin that one hundred treasure boxes were left with King’s Reach residents earlier this year and that to date approximately ten have been returned; complete with hand-modelled ‘wax treasures’ (which Martin hopes to use as a starting point for his final artworks).

We’ve been mightily impressed by the standard of these artefacts, some of which can be viewed at the following link: [click here].

There’s still time for anyone who has not yet completed and returned their treasure box to do so.

As before, please return any completed ‘wax treasures’ to the Martin Grant Sales Office at the following address:

Martin Grant Sales Office
1 Planets Way
SG18 8AT

Thanks once again to all those residents that have supported Martin with his project.

Martin Heron seeks inspiration from local residents

On Saturday 26th July, 2014 artist Martin Heron returns to the community at King’s Reach to seek out further inspiration from its residents.

During the day Martin will be exploring King’s Reach by foot and he is looking forward to meeting any local residents that might like to get involved in shaping his ideas for artworks.  For those interested in taking part, Martin will provide, “…a treasure box of activities” (see picture above) and with this there’s a further opportunity for residents to help him develop the design of his ‘Buried Treasure’ themed art trail.

If you see Martin during the day – why not say ‘hello’, and see how you too can get involved in this exciting community project.


Local residents get creative

Despite overcast skies (and the occasional heavy shower) nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of artists Wendy Briggs and Martin Heron on Saturday 5th July.  Both remained at the main entrance to the development from early morning until evening; during which time they met with over sixty local residents to both introduce themselves and the art programme for Kings Reach.

Wendy explained how her commission theme of ‘growing communities’ was likely to draw inspiration from local plant varieties and growing traditions in Biggleswade.

Martin shared his thoughts on the thrill of discovering previously ‘buried treasure’ in everyday surroundings; a theme that is likely to form a main part of his work across the development in the months to come.

For those interested in shaping the creative process there was an opportunity to take away one of Martin’s mini treasure chests, or Wendy’s plant your own seedling kit, the outcomes of which will be used by the artists as a reference point when developing their ideas for artworks.

Below are just a few photos from the day…



Meet the Team

Meet the Team: Saturday 5th July 2014 | 10.00am – 4.00pm

Venue: 1 Planets Way, Biggleswade, SG18 8AT

There will be an opportunity to meet two of our three appointed artists Martin Heron (pictured left) and Wendy Briggs (pictured center) on Saturday 5th July at the King’s Reach development. Learn more about their ideas, have your say, and get involved in the creative process!

Art in Public

Creative Bedfordshire ‘Art in Public’ | Thursday 3rd July 2014 | 7.00pm – 9:00pm

Venue: The Woodland Cafe at Moggerhanger Park, Park Rd, Moggerhanger, Bedford MK44.

You can learn more about this event here, or download the promotional flyer at the link below:

Download: Art in Public (PDF 200KB)


John Hambley from Happen www.happen.org.uk , will be speaking about making art happen in the public realm and Paul Pibworth www.paulpibworth.co.uk, an Artist Sculptor from Potton, will be telling us why, when asked if he can make something, he almost always says yes!

Sue Hughes from the Arts Council England, will be joining us to talk about the Grants for the Arts http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/grants-arts/  programme of funding, including how to apply and tips for successful funding applications.

The Culture Change Business Support team www.roh.org.uk/about/culture-change will talk about their free programme and outlining the ways that small and medium sized creative and cultural organisations, including freelancers, can get involved.

Creative Bedfordshire is for creative of all kinds living and working in Bedfordshire, so whether you work in the arts, run a creative business or are a freelance artists, designer, actor, producer, maker or musician (or commission them), this network is for you. Meetings are free, informal, and open to all and are funded by the economic development teams at Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council.


David Appleyard graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BA (Hons) and MA in Industrial Design. Following this period of study he worked in the role of product designer and design researcher developing a variety of products including furniture and medical products.

Since 2004, he has been designing for the public realm. Through his studio practice David has created installations for landscapes, buildings, parks, other green spaces, schools and gardens. A guiding principle is to produce objects that enhance the spaces in which they are placed; as well as intriguing, amusing and inspiring the people who interact with them. David believes in creating works that encourage a measure of personal connection. He is fascinated by objects that are a part of everyday life, but which can be repackaged in a form that questions original function, and perhaps instead sparks new and unexpected connections.

Recent works include a variety of furniture, sculptural and other decorative features. Projects often develop via direct collaboration with clients, and, where possible, the public. It is a sensible approach, and one that often leads to a hightened sense of ownership amongst the immediate community.

Website: www.davidappleyard.co.uk