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Bedford College Level 3 Art & Design students have been gaining valuable work experience as part of a new “Airship Dreams” project.

Animation students have been creating visual interpretations of recorded aural histories of the airships and the giant sheds at Cardington.

Graphic Design students have made travel posters of what may have been, had airship travel really taken off.

Fashion students have designed T-shirts and tote bags for the exhibition.

Students have interacted with Bedford Creative Arts and the lead artist Mike Stubbs to gain the real-world experience of working with a commissioning organisation and a professional artist.  Their work will form part of the forth coming exhibition.

Bedford College Art & Design student artwork
Opens 10th July 2021

Airship Dreams: Escaping Gravity

Bedford Creative Arts, The Higgins Bedford, the Airship Heritage Trust and artist Mike Stubbs, have joined forces to launch this two-fold exhibition which celebrates Bedford’s airship heritage.

Part audio-visual installation, sometimes performance, Mike Stubbs’ contemporary new media artwork invites the viewer on a spectacular journey – weaving material generated in Unreal games software, immersive audio composition, choir, archive film, and interactive sculptural elements.

Alongside it and curated in partnership with the local community, visitors will discover community treasures, oral histories, artefacts, screened digital materials, animation, graphic design and young people’s responses to the themes.

Supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, Bedford College, Harpur Trust and Airship Heritage Trust.

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