A Festival of Creative Urban Living

26 September – 13 October 2019
Beds United Gallery

Welcome to the Beds United Gallery. Revealing the city behind the trees.

Milton Keynes unique layout, with many residential areas behind trees and green spaces, means some visitors wonder where the people live. Beds United is a way for visitors (and local people) to find out.

The Beds United project has been developed over many months recruiting Citizen Hosts from all over Milton Keynes. Each host is offering a stay in their homes for free as part of the festival, taking their guest on a journey in their part of the city or sharing food and time together.  We are truly overwhelmed by the generosity and welcoming spirit which all our hosts share – thank you!

Thank you also to our Guests who come from Milton Keynes, across the UK and Europe and have taken the adventurous decision to really be part of the festival and find out what it is like to be resident in our utopian city. We hope that you enjoy your stay.

The Beds United photographer will be working to capture a glimpse of the people taking part in the project and will meet you at your house at a pre-arranged time when the guest is visiting. The photos taken will then be uploaded during the festival on the website and on social media, gradually forming a snapshot of the lived city in 2019.

As part of the Bes United project we have commissioned a photographer to document our Hosts and Guests as they meet each other.

“I started photographing people and places in my teens and professionally from 2010.  I love living and working in Milton Keynes, so am over the moon to have been chosen to be the photographer for Beds United. I’m really looking forward to being able to watch the project evolve and be there to capture the spirit and essence of the hosts, their guests and their surroundings”

Karen Kodish
Photographer, Beds United Project


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A Festival of
Creative Urban
Living 2019

26 September
– 13 October

Illustration by Lukas Hamilcaro
Design by Studio Chehade  

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