Going to Town – 200 Years of Bedford’s Art at the Higgins

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10 July 2021 – 20 March 2022, Wixamtree Gallery, Free Entry

Going to Town – 200 Years of Bedford’s Art, a new exhibition celebrating artists views of Bedford and the surrounding area, opens at The Higgins Bedford on Saturday 10 July 2021.

The Higgins Bedford is displaying a number of watercolours, oils and prints from the past two centuries, some of which haven’t been seen by the public eye in several decades. The exhibition includes artworks by JMW Turner, Dora Carrington, Thomas Fisher and Stanley Orchart, highlighting their fascination of the town and River Great Ouse.

From Marianne Norman who painted St Paul’s Square from the window of her parents sweet shop over 100 years ago to Roberta Hart’s depiction of market day full of 1970s fashions, visitors are invited to take a walk into Bedford town through 200 years of artists’ eyes and see long forgotten buildings as well as familiar sights.

The Embankment and its picturesque views of The River Great Ouse is one of the highlights of Bedford, with artists over the centuries capturing the beauty of the river from Bromham to Cardington Lock in their work. Visiting artists such as JMW Turner and Thomas Hearne focused on views of the Town Bridge, whilst local artist, Emily Stannard, portrayed the quieter spots at the bridge in Newnham.

Councillor Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “Over the years, Bedford has been more than fortunate to experience a high standard of art, through artists both local and visiting. This new exhibition celebrates some of the great things that make Bedford Borough the place it is today.

“Make sure that if you do decide to visit The Higgins Bedford, you follow all guidance on slowing the spread of COVID-19, including adhering to the ‘Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air’ advice.”

The exhibition is free to visit and will run until 20 March 2022. A series of events and activities will accompany the exhibition later in the year. Visit www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk for more information and updates.