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We hosted an inspiring day of art, music and expression at Central Bedfordshire College

Thursday, 28 March 2024

We recently hosted a successful Creative Takeover Day at Central Bedfordshire College.

The day offered young adults an opportunity to experience fashion creation workshops, drama and acting sessions, African drumming, collective mural making, and more.

The event, held on Wednesday, 27 March featured a line-up of respected local artists and practitioners, each offering their expertise in these various creative fieldsBy teaming up with local creative professionals, the council and college provided inspiring opportunities for learners aged 16-19.


  • Ross Bolwell-Williams, known for his community-focused art, led students in creating a collective mural using recycled materials
  • Martin Hanson led an African Drumming Workshop, exploring rhythm and expression through music
  • James Junior, a local singer and songwriter, conducted a sing-along workshop promoting wellbeing and self-expression through song
  • Aimee Gomez, founder of The Fashion Breakdown, hosted an interactive tie-dye workshop for students to explore fashion design
  • Aaron Spendelow, a creative producer and actor, shared insights on creating TV commercials and guided students in crafting their own adverts
  • Becky Dawson, with a background in teaching drama, used theatre to explore mental health and wellbeing, providing a supportive environment for students to express themselves

Councillor Mary Walsh, our Executive Member responsible for Libraries and Culture, said:

We're really pleased that these talented local practitioners were able to come and help provide students with an unforgettable day of inspiration and creativity.

This event not only celebrates the arts but also reflects our commitment to inspiring and developing young people. Through interactive workshops led by talented local practitioners from our community, students had the chance to explore their passions, express themselves, and develop valuable skills.