Happen is a creative programme with a social agenda. We are helping to put the arts at the heart of everyday life in Bedfordshire, for the benefit of all its residents. We invest in local creative talent that has the potential to make a positive difference to communities and demonstrate why the arts are intrinsic to a healthy society. Are you interested in doing things differently?
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What is HAPPEN?

HAPPEN exists to bring the benefits of the arts to local communities. Over the years we have delivered a number of projects across Bedfordshire that have explored the use of the arts in addressing social and economic objectives. Our specialism now is in working with local residents to deliver high-quality public art projects, particularly in new communities.

HAPPEN is hosted by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity, the leading charity working with communities across Bedfordshire. It was set up in 2005 with funding from Arts Council England and Bedfordshire’s local authorities.

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Kings Reach

Taylor Wimpey and Martin Grant Homes have appointed HAPPEN to manage and implement an ambitious Public Art programme at the Kings Reach development in Biggleswade. more...

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Kings Reach Biggleswade, Bedford

Taylor Wimpey, Martin Grant Homes have appointed HAPPEN to manage and implement an ambitious Public Art programme at the King’s Reach development, Biggleswade. Click here

Click here to visit the project website: www.artinkingsreach.org.

Click here to read about how Sheffield-based artist David Appleyard worked with the local community and developed a major public realm enhancement for Houghton Hall Park, in South Bedfordshire.

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