Quarry Theatre Exhibition


From September 8th to 30th September 2016 (and beyond, yet TBD)

Open to the public Monday to Saturday, 10am to noon, and when performances are on.

40 prints and 70 image slide show

‘Portraits of Bedford People’ & ‘Unusual Bedford’ by the Bedford Camera Club

“Bedford” can include surrounding areas, “people” can range from dignitaries to colourful street people and “unusual” are any photos you would not expect to see in a tourist brochure


The Quarry Theatre opened in 2015 following the conversion of St Luke’s Church, St. Peter’s Street, Bedford. The beautiful conversion, which has won architectural awards and acclaim, has created two small theatres for Bedford School and for Bedford. More details about the conversion and the theatre can be found at quarrytheatre.org.uk

The theatre has exhibition space in the foyer and upstairs. This was expected to show traditional artwork but has evolved into showing national photographic work.

2016 sees the anniversaries of two important historical events. 850 years since Bedford was granted its Royal Charter by Henry II in 1166 and 450 years since Sir William Harpur and his wife, Dame Alice, endowed Bedford with a trust fund for the education of Bedford children and poor relief. This latter fund is now worth £72 million and contributes many bursaries and other educational and welfare benefits to Bedford and surrounding areas.

To celebrate these two anniversaries the Quarry Theatre has a year-long programme of events. 

As the ethos of the trust is to connect with local communities the theatre director offered the Bedford Camera Club a significant portion of space in the September 2016 exhibition and chose the two subjects to fit their theme.

The BCC would like to recognise and thank the Quarry Theatre and the Harpur Trust for their assistance and support, Darren Harbar for his time and professional guidance in selecting the images from the members’ submissions, Wallace Brown for the mounting services and Cliff Harvey, John Pegram and Ian Whiting for bringing it together.

Visitors to the BCC Quarry Theatre Exhibition

Remember, club members get regular opportunities to exhibit their work and use their photographic skills to help charities and other organisations. If you are not a member then do consider joining us for regular talks, workshops, numerous competitions and help to improve your photographic skills.