Thursday, 22 March 2012

Making art part of the journey

The local communities of Dunstable and Houghton Regis are being asked for
their creative contributions for new works of art that reflect the contemporary history of the towns.

Artist Pete Moorhouse has been commissioned to create four sculptures along the Dunstable and Houghton Regis route of the new guided busway. He has been working with school children, college students, library users and the local history society to get their ideas for topics that could be highlighted within the sculptures.

The aim is to create pieces of art that celebrate prominent historical events, people, businesses and buildings in the towns during the past 100 years. Children from lower schools in Dunstable and Kings Middle School in Houghton Regis have already submitted their ideas. Students from the Art and Design foundation degree courses at Central Bedfordshire College have taken up the project as part of their course work.

Pete intends to integrate the ideas given to him into the final pieces which will be in place by the opening of the busway in March 2013.
Cllr Nigel Young, Deputy Executive Member for Sustainable Communities, Strategic Planning and Economic Development said: “Both of our towns have a great ancient history but they also have a vibrant recent one. These sculptures will reflect the pride that we have today in both Dunstable and Houghton Regis and the contributions from all age groups of the local community will make them all the more relevant.”
To follow the work so far and to see the work that is being generated visit Pete’s blog at

For further information please contact: Michele Smith, Media Officer (Temp) on 0300 300 6832

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