Priory Tearooms, Dunstable

Dunstable Town Council has launched a new project to promote local makers – Showcase Shelving – in the Tourist Information Shop at Priory House, Dunstable.

During March you can see (and buy from) shelves by Joanne Bowes and Jan Drury featuring original art; prints and cards of original art; accessories; jewellery and sketch books.

Plus you can enjoy delicious tea or coffee and homemade cakes and snacks whilst you are there (and admire the recently restored undercroft in the TeaRoom).

Joanne's Shelf

Joanne’s Shelf

Jan's Shelf

Jan’s Shelf

Dunstable Revisited

Whoo hoo – the first in my new series uncovering South Bedfordshire’s hidden and taken for granted delights.

This will be available as cards and limited edition prints during March in the Priory house Shop, Dunstable.

Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Priory Church

Dunstable Priory Church

South Bedfordshire Revisited

Looking back at my previous work has finally inspired me to focus on more of my local views. Here is just a small taster – currently I am creating an new version of Dunstable Priory Church:

From Dunstable Downs

From Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Priory Church

Dunstable Priory Church

Swiss Garden - Tapestry Weaving

Swiss Garden – Tapestry Weaving

ANB @ Pop Up Dunstable

After weeks of hard work our beautiful Pop Up Shop (ANB @ Pop Up Dunstable, 3 Ashton Square, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 3SN) is up and running. I am so delighted with how wonderful it looks and love all the different handmade gifts and original art we have in stock.

Our first customer

Our first customer

It is amazing to have such a lovely showcase for some of the many talented local Bedfordshire artists and inspiring to watch visitors discovering their own favourites within the store. The feedback from these customers and the stories they are telling us about their own work and love of art is a huge reward in itself. Making sales in such a hard economic climate, and the many promises to return (when they have more time or money) and to bring their friends, are very exciting.

Centre shelf My section Back right hand side Vicky's section

Today is Market Day and we have free parking in Dunstable so it looks like it will be a busy day. Plus we will be running our Leaf Collage Workshop (just £1  go) so we are looking forward to welcoming lots of new customers.

Artists’ Network Bedfordshire

ANB @ Pop Up Dunstable

New Shop ‘Pops Up’ in Dunstable

The new Pop Up Dunstable shop – 3 Ashton Square, Dunstable –  is now open for business – four new traders have merchandised their sections and are now ready and waiting for customers.

Pop Up Launch

Pop up Dunstable Launch

Glass by Transparent Images

Glass by Transparent Images

Can’t wait until it is our turn – a week and a half to go – just tying up the loose ends.
Lots of tempting goodies appearing on our Facebook Page so I hope we will attract lots of new customers: ANB @ Pop Up Dunstable

ANB@ Dunstable are proud to announce that they will be selling Long Live Dunstable Calendars

Pop Up Dunstable

Think I can have just five minutes breathing space before my next project:

Picture 939

Picture 941

Together with fellow ANBers Jan, Vicky and Jill, I will be opening a Pop Up shop in Ashton Square Dunstable from 14th-27th November.

Very excited (and a little bit scared) but can’t wait to look at it properly tomorrow – watch this space!

ANB September Arts Trail 2013


ANB Arts Trail now in full swing – check out Stockwood Park Cafe and Dunstable Library display wall by stairway for a taster and click on link for details of all of our shows: ImageImage


Dunstable Gets Arty


we are now – let’s create the legend of tomorrow
Friday 05 April 2013

THIS weekend, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April, is the start of something exciting in Dunstable.
Artist Laurence Payot is bringing a team of artists, writers and performers to Dunstable to meet local people and get you involved in the first stages of making a grand collective artwork for the town.
They will be starting a quest, searching for what makes Dunstable unique today, and wondering what could be the traditions and folklores of tomorrow.
If you’re out and about over the weekend, you’ll be able to get involved and help make something new for Dunstable.
Meet story maker Michelle Thomas at Saturday’s market to create the characters and stories that will inspire our new local folklore.
Yorkshire has the Cottingsley Fairies, the Highlands have the Loch Ness Monster and Wales has the legends of Merlin. What’s our legend of the future?
Head to the Chilterns Visitor Centre on the downs between 12 and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday to take part in a psychic experiment. Thought-catching ‘Ganzfeld headsets’ have been specially designed by artist Ailie Rutherford to tap into a local ‘collective unconscious’.
Can these headsets ‘catch the thoughts being carried by the wind’? Drop by with an open mind and help us catch and draw floating thoughts!
Meanwhile Laurence and community artist Scott Farlow will be roaming the town, searching for clues and instigating conversations. Unexpected things may appear around the town – tags, notice boards, windmills… So if you feel like it, just go with the flow, follow the instructions, and join in the quest to find what makes Dunstable Dunstable.
These activities are the start of our summer commission, and will culminate later in the year with a major new event for Dunstable’s calendar. Hundreds of people will gather on the Dunstable Downs to create a large community procession inspired by the wind, the knolls, and by the most important thing in Dunstable: the people who live and work here…
Take part and create the legend. Shape the story, visualise what our folklore will look like, and in the summer create costumes and props for a grand event that the whole town can take part in.
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